In the years to come I want to come back to this moment. The second Irish defeat of the All Blacks, and the first on home soil.
A game of superlatives. Two teams who left every inch of energy and commitment on the park. A clash of giants, an epic battle, the stuff of legend. If all that sounds too much, it is not. In fact it will be very difficult in the years to come to express to people just how important his match was.
The Haka had a different character. This intimidating tribal challenge and statement of intent was never expressed with greater intensity. And yet, for the first time Ireland stood toe to toe with the All Blacks on equal terms.
As we begin preparation for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 this was a unique fixture. The number 1 in the antipodes against the number 1 Northern Hemisphere team. Ireland V New Zealand. In the end the only difference between the sides was the try by Jacob Stockdale and the Sexton conversion.
Despite the loss New Zealand retain their number 1 position in world rankings.
Final score Ireland 16 – 9 New Zealand.
Man of the Match: Peter O’Mahony
Kapa o pango
Let me become one with the land
This is our land that rumbles
And it’s my time! It’s my moment!
This defines us as the All Blacks
It’s my time! It’s my moment!
Our supremacy will triumph
And will be placed on high