New Zealand Media Reacts To Ireland’s Memorable Win Over The All Blacks


Ireland have done it!

The wait is over after over a century, Ireland have beaten the mighty All Blacks by a staggering 40 points to 29 in one of the greatest test matches we have ever seen in rugby.

5 amazing tries and what can only be described as a monumental effort by every single player on the pitch. The streak has been defeated, the wait is over, Ireland have secured their first win over the All Blacks after 111 years of trying.

In the wake of the famous game New Zealand media has been reacting. In his column for the New Zealand Sunday Herald rugby writer Gregor Paul was full of praise for Joe Schmidt’s men as they finally defeated the All Blacks after an 111 year wait.


He writes:

“They blew it once and it hurt them. Now Ireland have finally made history and beaten the All Blacks. It has taken them 111 years to do it. They have come so close before – most notably the last time they played.

“But now, they can say they have done it, they have beaten the All Blacks and oh how they deserved it.

“They played their hearts out for 80 minutes this time. Not 79. And this time they didn’t feel the weight of history and buckle. They continued to play rugby all the way to the hooter and they won.”


Marc Hinton of, wrote:

“Yes, the All Blacks were off their game. Yes, they missed those absent world-class locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock. Yes, they looked tired and mentally flat.

“Never mind those feeble excuses.

“This was a fabulous display by the Irish who delivered the beat-the-All Blacks blueprint to a tee. They played aggressively and beautifully to establish that commanding 25-8 halftime lead, then must have faced their demons when the All Blacks roared back to within a single score, at 33-29, with still a quarter of an hour remaining.”

The All Blacks certainly would have a good grasp on how Ireland’s long-suffering rugby fans are feeling now. There is simply not enough Guinness in the Windy City to appease their thirst on a special night – the most special, in all probability – as their long, long wait is finally over. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

What a day of rugby, what a win. The future is bright for Irish rugby.

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