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Kick-off local time : Sun, 24 November 2013 - 14h00
Kick-off : Sun, 24 November 2013 - 16h00
Venue : Dublin
Referee : Nigel Owens (Wales)
Match status : Result
  Ireland New Zealand
Tries Rob Kearney (18min) Ben Franks (64min) and Beauden Barrett (82min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


Join us again next Saturday for the last two matches of the year-end season - Wales v Australia and the Barbarians v Fiji!


Cruden, with his second shot, kicks the CONVERSION and the All Blacks cruelly deny Ireland a famous first win. That is FULL-TIME and New Zealand have the first perfect year (14 wins from 14 Tests) in the professional era with the 24-22 victory. Ireland came so close - deep into injury time, but true champions win when it seems least likely and Ne Zealand won on the scoreboard. Ireland may claim a moral victory.


Aaron Cruden, from near touch, is wide to the right and the referee rules that he can take it again, as the Irish players charged early.


TRY - Beauden Barret is over in the left corner after what seemed a thousand phases and many, many passes. The call goes to the TMO, who is looking at the second-to-last pass. He rules that the try is good. The crowd is angry, but the try stands. It all comes down to a conversion.


All Blacks work their way towards the Irish 22


Penalty to NZ as Ireland players go of their feet - they must go 60m


Ireland get the ball back from a chip-kick - now they are playing the clock, slow phases. They have one minute to hold on for a famous win


NZ win a turnover and Cruden sees space, but Nonu knocks on and Sexton drives the Kiwis back again


Ireland work it through the phases - not much going forward, but holding the ball is far more important now


Irish defence wins another mini skirmish as the All Blacks are forced into touch near halfway - Irish line-out


New Zeaand regain the ball from the restart, but they are deep insied their half


Sexton is wide of the mark - maybe he hesitated too long


Jonathan Sexton will kick at goal - he is taking his time, running the clock down


Penalty to Ireland as NZ illegally collapse the maul


Sublime grubber by Murray forces Barrett to scramble the ball into touch deep inside his 22ish lrish line-out


Chip ahead by Sexton and the pressure forces a knock-on by the Kiwis - Ireland scrum near the AB 10m line


Irish defence again win the day - a penalty turnover just inside their half. The Irish look out on their feet.


A poor cross-field kick hands the ball to NZ


Ireland slowly working the ball forward through their pack - first a maul and then pick-'n-drive


Aaron Cruden adds the CONVERSION and it is a five-point game - 17-22


TRY - Still the All Blacks drives on through numerous pick-and-goes and Ben Franks is over. Very effective by the Kiwis


Murray kicks ahead and NZ bashing away - into the Irish 22 now


A grubber is collected by Kearney and Read tackles him in the air - penalty Ireland. Are the stars aligning here for the Irish?


Messy Irish line-out gifts the ball to NZ close to the Irish 22


Cruden drives Ireland back deep into their half


Ireland attacking with pace and power, some real energy here. Unfortunately another handling error brings a promising move to an end near the AB 22


New Zealand bashing away towards the Irish 22, where Nonu slips and then holds on in the tackle - penalty Ireland


Aaron Cruden, from 45m out, hooks it well wide of the upright


Penalty against Ireland at the tackle, just inside the Ireland half - O'Brien again the culprit


Ireland win the ball back from a high kick and they are bashing away inside the AB half. A handling error ends that passage


Aaron Cruden slots the PENALTY and the gap closes to 10-22


All Blacks bash away for a few phases, before Murray gets his hands to the ball. The referee blows the Irish for obstruction after the turnover


The All Blacks suddenly find plenty of space on the right and Israel Dagg is over. The call goes to the TMO, who rules that the ball was held up.


Devin Toner steals the line-out, but the All Blacks win a turnover as the 'maul' is held up - not many players on their feet at that 'maul'


Sean O'Brien penalised at a tackle just inside the Irish half


All Blacks bash away for a few phases before Bowe intercept and the ball is hacked downfield


Scrum reset - both teams now very cautious


Free kick to NZ, as Murray is ruled to have not put it in straight in the scrum


Now New Zealand's attack breaks down, a handling error just inside the Irish half - nervous start by both teams in the second half


A forward pass brings to an and Irish attack just inside the NZ half


Jonathan Sexton gets the second half underway. NZ attack and get into the Irish half, where O'Brien wins a turnover penalty when McCaw holds on, on the ground


There's a knock-on 10m out and the ball is hacked downfield. Ireland scramble the ball into touch as the hooter for HALF-TIME sounds. Ireland dominated the firs 40 and are good value for their 22-7 lead. It is worth noting that there are two Kiwis, Joe Schmidt and John Plumtree, in charge of Ireland. See you in 10 minutes.


Ireland working it through the phases and into the NZ 22


Ireland win the ball back from a high kick and O'Driscoll drives forward - making good ground


Murray again drives NZ back into their own half - Ireland looking more comfortable with their lead with every passing minute


Cruden's kick is not into touch and then New Zealand forced to run from deep. Now Ireland wins a turnover by holding up the ball carrier in the tackle


Ireland penalised for advancing ahead of the kicker


Another good restart for Ireland and New Zealand are driven back into their half again


Jonathan Sexton slots the PENALTY and Ireland lead 22-7


Wyatt Crocket penalised at the scrum - he remains the most penalised prop in the world


Ireland still bashing away and McCaw manages to slow the ball down and the referee calls for a scrum - Irish feed, 5m out


Ireland bashing away inside the All Black 22 and they are getting closer to a fourth try now


Ireland win a turnover just inside the All Black half and after a few messy phases the ball is grubbered - it is hacked into touch, directly, and the Irish have an attacking line-out just outside the NZ 22


TRY - Julian Savea is over, after the Kiwis lifted the pace and eventually exposed the Irish defence and found numbers out wide. Aaron Cruden adds the CONVERSION and the All Blacks are on the board - 7-19


All Blacks again working their way back into the Irish 22 - the try is on


The scrum goes down and the attempted clearance is charged down - good fortune for Ireland as it goes dead and they have a 22 restart


The All Blacks are just metres out, after some great phase play and sublime off-loading, but Faumuina knocks on with the tryline at his mercy


New Zealand working it through the phases and into the Irish 22


Rob Kearney attempts a counter, but the All Blacks win a turnover and then David Kearney steps into touch as the ball is kicked downfield


This time Ireland is better on the restart


Sexton hits the upright - Ireland lead 19-0


TRY - Rob Kearney collects a bouncing ball after the Alkl Blacks' hands let them down and the Irish fullback sprints 80 metres for the third try


The Irish line-out is a mess and the All Blacks get the ball


Powerful maul by Ireland and Richie McCaw is penalised for 'swimming' up the side of the naul


Near halfway the All Blacks win the ball back and Cruden puts in a kick that drives the Irish back into their 22 - blow for Ireland as Rory Best leaves the field injured


All Blacks working it through the phases, but again Ireland win a crucial turnover just outside their 22


Ireland again have problems dealing with the restart and NZ have an attacking line-out


Sexton lands the CONVERSION and Ireland lead 14-0


TRY - Lansdowne Road explodes with joy as Rory Best charges over - Ireland playing with some real zest and pace. Also some sublime off-loading


Ireland win the line-out and charge int the All Blacks 22 with some great off-loading


Ireland attack the breakdown with energy and win a turnover - the ball is hacked downfield. The All Blacks are forced to scramble the ball into touch near their own 10m line


All Blacks bashing at the Irish line now


Ireland allow Cruden to slip through a gap and a grubber sets up a line-out deep inside the Irish 22


Jonathan Sexton adds the CONVERSION and Ireland have an early 7-0 lead


TRY - Conor Murray goes over from close in, three tacklers hanging on and the call going to the TMO - who rules that the five-pointer is good


More powerful phases play from the Irish - they are close


Irish making good ground and a grubber by O'Driscoll catches the All Blacks unaware - the ball is knocked on and Ireland have an attacking scrum inside the NZ 22


Ireland taking it through the phases


All Blacks win an early turnover, but then concede a penalty at the breakdown. Some spice there already as Sean O'Brien shoves Aaron Smih off the ball.


Aaron Cruden gets the game underway


The anthems are done - now time for the hala


The teams are out on the field and we are ready for the anthems


The big questions is: Can the All Blacks make it 14 for 14 - a perfect year, the first in the professional era?


Welcome to Dublin for the final mach of the weekend - Ireland v New Zealand, perhaps the BIG game of the weekend.
15 Rob Kearney
14 Dave Kearney
13 Colm O'Shea
12 Luke Marshall
11 Craig Gilroy
10 Ian Madigan
9 Eoin Reddan
8 Jamie Heaslip
7 Chris Henry
6 Robbie Diack
5 Dan Tuohy
4 Devin Toner
3 Tadhg Furlong
2 Richardt Strauss
1 Jack McGrath

23 Cian Kelleher
22 Paddy Jackson
21 Luke McGrath
20 Jordi Murphy
19 Ben Marshall
18 Mike Ross
17 Michael Bent
16 Rob Herring
New Zealand
15 Israel Dagg
14 Ben Smith
13 Conrad Smith
12 Ma'a Nonu
11 Charles Piutau
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Aaron Smith
8 Kieran Read
7 Richie McCaw
6 Liam Messam
5 James Broadhurst
4 Brodie Retallick
3 Owen Franks
2 Dane Coles
1 Tony Woodcock

23 Malakai Fekitoa
22 Beauden Barrett
21 TJ Perenara
20 Victor Vito
19 Sam Whitelock
18 Ben Franks
17 Wyatt Crockett
16 Codie Taylor