Ireland coach Schmidt laughs off Hansen claim Irish are World Cup favourites

Beauden Barrett collides with Rob Kearney

Ireland's clash with New Zealand on Saturday will be ferocious Credit getty images

The All Blacks suffered their first ever loss to the Irish two years ago, 40-29 in Chicago, before taking revenge with a 21-9 victory in Dublin two weeks later.

No.8 CJ Stander hailed a huge defensive effort as Ireland claimed their first win over New Zealand on home soil.

Amid a tremendous atmosphere it was the world champions - narrow winners over England last weekend - who made the early running, forcing Ireland to defend doggedly from their five-metre line before a home penalty alleviated the pressure.

Any fears Ireland might rue not making more of the All Blacks' nine first-half penalties were eased with a stunning try upon the resumption.

The victory was all the more remarkable given the absence of talisman Conor Murray but his replacements performed admirably.

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Ireland loves to hog the ball, play phases, and kick for territory when moves stall.

It nearly paid off with number 8 CJ Stander first held up over the line and when Ireland bulldozed through the resulting scrum, fullback Rob Kearney should have touched down but instead knocked on Sexton's opportunistic chip over the top.

Despite a Beaudin drop goal, a third Sexton penalty ensured Ireland's dominance was rewarded with a half-time lead.

"They are a very structured side, and in terms of how they hold onto the ball they are the best probably in terms of tier-one nations in the world", Read said.

"Ireland are a hard team to beat at the Aviva these days so when the All Blacks come into town everyone is going to pay attention", O'Driscoll told ESPN.

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The hosts were then left fuming three minutes later when Jake Gordon's wayward pass was intercepted by Tito Tebaldi, who ran the ball under the posts, only to have the try called back by referee Pascal Gauzere for offside.

The first time was in 2016 in Chicago, Ireland's first win over New Zealand in 111 years.

"Over the years we have ticked off little bits of history, winning in Argentina and South Africa, and beating New Zealand for the first time".

"You saw Rieko [Ioane] make a break off that line-out, the special play that we have there, could have easily just finished that off". They took their opportunities, so you've got to give them credit for doing that. He added: 'These are the types of Test matches that get everyone up - it's No 1 v No 2 - and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to Saturday.

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