It's been a long time coming - Best savours historic Ireland win

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After years of suffering and frustration, Ireland finally celebrated victory over New Zealand, much to the joy of captain Rory Best.

Ireland ended their 111-year wait for a first win against the All Blacks in Chicago on Saturday, upstaging the world champions 40-29.

The Irish had never beaten New Zealand since their first meeting in 1905 but that all changed at Soldier Field as Ireland ran in five tries in a city still buoyed and celebrating the Chicago Cubs' first World Series victory in over a century.

Speaking afterwards, skipper Best savoured the historic triumph.

"We know they're a great side, and you can see how good a side they are by how much it means to our boys to have won that," Best said. "We just knew we had to go out and attack them. If you give them ball and standoff them, they are an unbelievably dangerous outfit.

"I couldn't be prouder of the work we put in over the last...look it hasn't just been the last week, the last couple of weeks. It has been a long time in coming. It's been a long time and it is history made.

"We're absolutely ecstatic with a marvellous performance by us."

Ireland's New Zealand-born coach Joe Schmidt noticed some uncharacteristic errors by the All Blacks in the United States as he reveled in the win.

"They are usually incredibly efficient and very parsimonious when it comes to allowing you to get some territory or some points," he said.

"The lads have waited a long time for something like this to happen and they've worked hard in the couple of trainings we had. I think they're delighted and they probably need a couple of days off after that.

"I'm incredibly proud of how the boys put themselves out and worked incredibly hard at 33-29 with that All Black wave, there was a little bit of déjà vu there with them doing a similar thing to us in Dublin three years ago but it was great the way they bounced back and managed to get that score [Robbie Henshaw's try] and get a little bit of breathing space."

"You can't beat the All Blacks with 13 or 14 or 15 or 16 players, you've really got to have about 32 because you're always going to have a bit of attrition and when those guys come off the bench they've got to add value. I felt they did that today and the guys kicked them off really well at the start and probably gave them a bit of confidence when they did come on that we were potentially up to the task today," Schmidt continued.