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Ireland's splendid, hard fought win 16-9 against New Zealand put them emotionally on top of the world but, alas, not on top of the most recent World Rugby rankings. Here they still remain in second place behind the All Blacks, separated by a negligible .37 percentage points.
For the Irish - still celebrating probably today - it marked the first home win against the Kiwis in 113-years, and only the second ever victory against the top team in the globe.
Again, as in the 40-29 win in Soldier's Field in Chicago, a good bounce resulted in the winning try. This time it came from a frequently practiced chip by ace try scorer Jacob Stockdale that exploited an All Black weakness on the short side. At the 49th minute, the kick took a favorable bounce into Stockdale's hands as he bounded in for the try. The score and conversion put the Irish up 16-6. The All Blacks managed a late penalty to draw closer at 16-9.
The match represented the second time that New Zealand went without a try in the past two-years, the other occasion against the touring British-Irish Lions in 2017 at home.
Stockdale, named 2018 Six Nations Player of the Championship, notched his 12th try in 14 Tests.
For New Zealand, it marked the fifth defeat since winning the 2015 RWC. The losses follow:
Ireland 40 - NZ 29 - 2016
Lions 24 - NZ 21 - 2017
Australia 23 - NZ 18 - 2017
South Africa 36 - NZ 34 - 2018
Ireland 16 - NZ 9 - 2018
The Irish win also added extra confidence to the northern hemisphere fifteens that they can beat the four, southern hemisphere teams. In the RWC 2015, the semi finals featured all southern hemisphere nations where the All Blacks defeated the Wallabies for the title.
Other International Tests
France 28 - Argentina 13
South Africa 26 - Scotland 20
England 35 - Japan 15
Wales 74 - Tonga 24
Australia 26 - Italy 7
Georgia 29 - Samoa 19
Finally, the USA's win against Romania elevated the Eagles to 13th in the World Rugby Standings, the highest placement in many years.