Irish agony

Dan Carter slotted a last-gasp drop-goal to snatch a narrow victory over Ireland. [more]

Irish agony

Dan Carter slotted a last-gasp drop-goal to snatch a narrow victory over Ireland.

Ireland were on the verge of securing a draw against the World Champions, following a Conor Murray try, but Carter struck at the death.

The All Blacks crushed Declan Kidney’s men 42-10 in the first Test in Auckland but they were made to battle all the way in Christchurch.

In front of a 21,000 sell-out crowd at the newly developed AMI Stadium, the Kiwis were rocked by Ireland’s bright start.

Sexton fired a penalty into the corner and Ireland’s pack rumbled forward. They were just about held short but Murray was able to snipe over from close range.

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Sexton converted the effort and slotted a penalty to stretch his sides lead but New Zealand fought back into the game and Carter banged over a succession of penalties.

The All Blacks came out firing in the second-half and were rewarded with a Aaron Smith try on 43 minutes. Carter slotted the tricky conversion to hand his side a 16-10 lead as Ireland appeared dead and buried.

Carter and his opposite number Sexton exchanged kicks at goal before the Leinster pivot edged Ireland level.

New Zealand were dealt a blow on 72-minutes when Israel Dagg was sent to the sin-bin for a challenge on Rob Kearney.

But Ireland failed to take advantage as Sexton’s long-range penalty fell agonisingly short. They appeared set to hold on for a respectable draw but with just seconds to spare Carter slotted the match-winning drop goal.
 

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