Ireland 40-29 New Zealand: Ireland end All Blacks' unbeaten run with historic victory
Last Updated: 07/11/16 2:28pm
Ireland held their nerve to deliver their first victory over New Zealand in 111 years after a 40-29 success in Chicago.
As well as sealing their first victory over the All Blacks, the result ended the World Cup winners' 18-match unbeaten run.
In a breathtaking upset, Ireland outscored the New Zealanders by five tries to four and on the 29th time of asking beat the world leaders.
The Irish were forced to hold off a ferocious fightback in the second half, which saw the All Blacks recover from a 30-8 deficit to go within four points at 33-29.
But with the majority of fans in a 62,300 sellout crowd roaring them on, Ireland scored a fifth and final try through blockbusting centre Robbie Henshaw, converted by replacement fly-half Joey Carbery, to clinch a famous victory.
It was New Zealand's first defeat since their loss to Australia in August 2015 and the two will meet again in two weeks time at the Aviva Stadium.
Johnny Sexton kicked Ireland ahead with a penalty after only four minutes when French referee Mathieu Raynal penalised New Zealand for not rolling away at the breakdown.
But Steve Hansen's side hit back immediately with the opening try of the game. A searing break from deep in his own half by Waisake Naholo left Ireland scrambling to cover inside their own 22 and centre George Moala finished the job.
Fly-half Beauden Barrett scuffed his conversion attempt to leave New Zealand's lead at 5-3. Ireland were then handed a crucial advantage after All Black prop Joe Moody was sin-binned for a tip tackle on Henshaw.
Ireland capitalised to score a try in the corner as Jordi Murphy barrelled over from a driving maul. Sexton's conversion made it 10-5.
Ireland were soon back on the attack. Sexton's hanging ball to the edge of the 22 was plucked from the air by full back Rob Kearney and, after working through the phases, CJ Stander battered over to make it 15-5.
Sexton and Barrett traded penalties before Sexton restored Ireland's 10-point advantage.
In the 34th minute, Ireland surged forwards once more. A powerful drive left New Zealand on the back foot and from a ruck 10 metres out, scrum-half Conor Murray dummied Aaron Smith to scamper over for Ireland's third try.
Sexton converted to make it 25-8 at half-time.
The second half began with New Zealand looking sharper and faster, but it was Ireland who scored next.
Another attacking line-out from Ireland took them close to the New Zealand line and quick ball found Sexton who fed Simon Zebo for 30-8.
Yet New Zealand roared back through tries from replacement T.J Perenara and Ben Smith to take the score to 30-22.
A Murray penalty put Ireland 33-22 ahead but a 64th minute try by All Black debutant lock Scott Barrett took New Zealand back to 33-27. Brother Beauden added the conversion and Ireland were within four.
Ireland's defenders resisted furious late pressure, though, and Henshaw crashed over with four minutes to go to and Carbery added the conversion.
The fly-half's final penalty attempt went wide but it didn't matter as the men in green had completed an historic win in Chicago.