Ireland v New Zealand: The story of the match

Ireland bossed territory and possession but failed to land a second win in as many weeks over a hugely-indisciplined New Zealand, losing out 21-9 in Dublin.

Joe Schmidt's side failed to convert a host of half-chances to add to their historic 40-29 win over New Zealand in Chicago, letting the All Blacks off the hook at the Aviva Stadium. New Zealand had Aaron Smith and Malakai Fekitoa sin-binned and had a dreadful number of penalties, but still held on for the win.

Tweets of the match:

Other than very current comments about New Zealand's powerful defensive line, some fans were disheartened by some of the decisions of referee Jaco Peyper - particularly over decisions on high tackles from some of the All Blacks.

Olympic Irish race walker Brendan Boyce was still proud of his team though despite the loss, along with many of his countrymen.

Moment of the match:

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett
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Beauden Barrett's sumptuous inside-ball offload to TJ Perenara scythed Ireland's defence to open the door for Malakai Fekitoa's winning try. Whether the pass was forward or not, as some contested it was, the skill level didn't drop under pressure and that's what won the day.

Star man:

Sam Whitelock (right)
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New Zealand's Sam Whitelock transformed the All Blacks' lineout. Ireland could not get anywhere near the set-piece.

Villain of the day:

Cian Healy is tackled by New Zealand's Aaron Smith
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Aaron Smith had another horrible day at the office for New Zealand. The number 9´s yellow card only added to an error-strewn performance, surely suggesting TJ Perenara now merits a start.

Stat of the day:

Ireland players look dejected
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New Zealand conceded a whopping 14 penalties - and still won.

Ireland shouldn't feel any shame in failing to beat the best side on the planet, but they had their chances and - as they proved earlier this month - it can be done.

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