Ireland stun All Blacks to lay down Rugby World Cup marker

Kieran Read says New Zealand will need

New Zealand, who had not suffered defeat in Europe since 2012, dug deep in an attempt to engineer a way back into the contest but found Ireland in no mood to surrender their hard-earned lead.

The Irish, the All Blacks' closest pursuers in rugby's world rankings, produced a stunning second-half try and withheld a New Zealand onslaught over the final 25 minutes to secure a famous victory. He added: 'These are the types of Test matches that get everyone up - it's No 1 v No 2 - and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to Saturday.

The pressure came on nearly immediately as a series of kicks culminated in Beauden Barrett's clever effort forcing Rob Kearney to slide into touch with the ball deep in his own '22.

Ireland loves to hog the ball, play phases, and kick for territory when moves stall.

The absence of Murray, who plays a crucial role in Ireland's kicking game, has created an opportunity for Kieran Marmion to impress the Ireland coach, while 6ft 10in Devin Toner has replaced Iain Henderson in the second row ahead of the anticipated aerial contest this weekend.

"Ireland are a hard team to beat at the Aviva these days so when the All Blacks come into town everyone is going to pay attention", O'Driscoll told ESPN.

"We won't care about the performance [against New Zealand] if we get a result", O'Driscoll said.

Firstly, O'Mahony won a penalty at the breakdown before the wing took over, producing a piece of individual brilliance to help take Ireland 10 points in front.

A combination of Johnny Sexton and Jacob Stockdale did trojan work to drive the All Blacks into touch on their own try line but Sean Cronin's throw-in didn't find a green jersey. Sexton nailed the conversion to make it a 10-point game.

Van der Flier was the next man to pull off a miracle defensive play, somehow hanging on to Beauden Barrett's coat-tails as he prepared to turn the after-burners on.

That was the decisive score, despite the visitors increasing the pressure midway through the half.

Stockdale snuck past Beauden Barrett up the left, but his kick was easily dealt with by Mo'unga. Instead, they managed history and the world awaits.

NEW ZEALAND - D McKenzie (R Mo'unga 56); B Smith, J Goodhue, R Crotty (A Lienert-Brown 62), R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith (TJ Peranara 58); K Tu'inukuafe (O Tuungafasi 47), C Taylor (D Coles 47), O Franks (N Laulala 47); B Retallick, S Whitelock; L Squire (S Barrett 32), A Savea (M Todd 74), K Read (capt).

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