Hansen: Ireland deserved historic win

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The All Blacks had no excuses for their landmark defeat to Ireland in Chicago, with New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen admitting the "right side won".

For the first time in 111 years, Ireland defeated world champions New Zealand, claiming an historic 40-29 victory at Soldier FieldĀ on Saturday.

The All Blacks had never lost to Ireland since their first meeting in 1905 but that all changed as Ireland ran in five tries to snap New Zealand's streak of 18 consecutive Test wins in the process.

Despite being without Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Luke Romano, Hansen had no complaints with the loss in the United States.

"We don't want to use that as an excuse. We trained well enough, we prepared well enough, we thought but clearly we didn't get a few things right," Hansen told Sky TV.

"In the first half they had all the momentum and we talked before the game about not giving away avoidable penalties but because of the pressure we did and they built momentum and we were chasing them.

"They put us under pressure and deserved the win. We're not going to make any excuses about not having the right people.

"The right side won. The Irish played very well and congratulations to them. When you see their fans going like they are now it's about time they won one."