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The New Zealand Media Reaction To Ireland's Victory In Dublin

The New Zealand Media Reaction To Ireland's Victory In Dublin

Steve Hansen's statement that Ireland can now be considered the world's best team is one which has been reiterated by his country's media.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, both Gregor Paul and Liam Napier said that though the rankings may still have the All Blacks at number one, Ireland have been the best in 2018.

Paul said: "Ireland versus New Zealand is the great rivalry of the modern age.

"And maybe, just maybe, Ireland having won two of the last three can say they are edging it."

He also hailed an Irish defence which rattled New Zealand.

And if there was something the All Blacks didn't have it was patience. They were too eager to throw the pass that wasn't on. Too jittery when chances came their way.

Kieran Read couldn't gather a charge down when the line was open. Barrett threw a pass back to an Irishman after he'd broken free. Reiko Ioane did the same and it looked like the pressure had got to the All Blacks.

Ireland's relentless defence had unnerved them. They played like they were a little red in the head – not blue as they want to be in these big games.

Along with declaring that, 'Ireland are the world's best... they are deserving of that mantle' Liam Napier also praised Andy Farrell's defensive system.

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"Everywhere you looked there was another desperate man in green.

"The All Blacks just could not impose their game, their tempo, their sublime skills. And for that, again, Ireland deserves every accolade.

"Ireland set the tone prior to kick-off by taking a couple of steps forward to accept the challenge of the haka. When they then formed a huddle for the final pre-start message, it was clear they were right up for this.

"The All Blacks knew Ireland would bring their suffocating game but for long periods were powerless to negate it. Their tactics appeared to be geared towards chasing territory through the boot of Barrett and, while this worked early, as the match wore on they struggled to get the ball back."

Over on Stuff.co.nz, Robert van Royen called it a "black day" for New Zealand rugby with their women's team also losing to France. Though, he believes it is not time for panic.

Jam your noggin under a cold tap, or shake yourself silly - nothing will change.

There's no bad dream to wake up from. It - this black day in New Zealand rugby in which both the world champion All Blacks and Black Ferns lost on the same day - was real.

Sure, it shouldn't sting near as much as the All Blacks' 2007 quarterfinal exit in the World Cup, but there will still be some downcast folk around the country.

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Writing for the same outlet, Mark Hinton said that if Joe Schmidt wants the All Blacks job post-World Cup, then Saturday was the perfect way to present his candidacy.

"There is talk that Hansen may box on for another cycle, but that decision must now be shrouded by doubt.

"So, if there is to be a new All Blacks coach post-2019, surely Schmidt has just completed the perfect job interview. He has masterminded not one, but two victories over the All Blacks in three seasons."

On Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB this was how Nigel Yalden called the final moments.

Listen to "Kiwi commentator loses it - Radio Sport's Nigel Yalden's big call!" on Spreaker.

Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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