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In Pictures: Ireland Defeat The All Blacks On Historic Night

In Pictures: Ireland Defeat The All Blacks On Historic Night
By Gary Connaughton
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What a night. Ireland have beaten New Zealand for the first time on home soil, and it was a game that will live long in the memory. It was a performance perhaps unlike any we have seen before, a coming of age of this Irish team. Billed as the meeting as the top two teams in world rugby, the game certainly did not disappoint.

The All Blacks rolled into town as the best team in the world, but can they still lay claim to that title?

Joe Schmidt will be thrilled with what he saw from his team, and in many way it was the perfect performance. It was a little nervy at the end, but would you have it any other way? With the World Cup on the horizon, Ireland's time is now.

Take a look at some of the best photos from a historic occasion in the Aviva Stadium.

Photo credit: Sportsfile

The All Blacks perform their famous pre-match ritual

Ireland seemed unfazed. It was a recurring theme for the entire night.


Devin Toner justified his selection right from the outset, a monster in the line-out

Rob Kearney thought he made the breakthrough early on...


...but the TMO had other ideas


Ireland's fielding was exemplary all night

Bruising carries such as this one were a regular sight for the entire 80 minutes

Jacob Stockdale made the all-important breakthrough, and Ireland never looked back


The Aviva crowd salute the winger

Peter O'Mahony repeatedly put his body on the line in a man-of-the-match performance

Conor Murray watched on nervously from the stands


New Zealand huffed and puffed, but Ireland's defence was unwavering

The final whistle sounds, and history is made

Bundee Aki definitely enjoyed that one


Ireland walk off the pitch as history makers

SEE ALSO: Player Ratings As Incredible Ireland Make History With Triumph Over New Zealand

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