As our darkest hour has arrived, at least we can happily embrace the moral victory again. We lose by 20 to the All-Blacks but at least we can pat ourselves on the back for being not quite as shit as we have been over the last 6 months.
Josh Kronfeld of the NZ Herald offered this patronising, if true analysis:
You've got to hand it to the Irish. They can go down in a game by 20 points but still provide a really entertaining game.
A lot of European teams are very passionate and can live off that passion for a good 40 minutes, which worked in Ireland's favour this morning.
Passion by the bucketload! Here's the NZ highlights: