Ireland have confirm that they can claim the best team in the world in 2018 after beating the All Blacks 16-9 on Saturday.
Not many teams have kept the All Blacks try-less and not many have beaten them, in fact only the Springboks and now Ireland have manage to do so this year.
The test was build-up as the test of the year and it lived up to all of that and more.
The passion from the Irish was on show from the first minute to the last and their defence was something special.
The first half saw Sexton and Barrett trading penalties, with Sexton giving the home side the lead of 9-6.
That was also the score as they went into the break with all to play for still.
Ireland was physical and were hitting the All Blacks back in almost every tackle and it was some great scrabbling defence that kept them out for most of the times.
Peter O’Mahony had the best game I have seen from any number six for a long time.
He literally played himself to a standstill, but it would be unfair to single out just one player.
This was a team effort and they were brilliant in all aspects of the game.
We do not normally see a All Blacks scrum going backwards and they did a few times on the night.
At the end the one try of the test by Ireland separated the two teams but it was the massive defence that won it for Ireland.
Pens: Sexton 3
For New Zealand:
Pens: Barrett 2