2016 - 549th All Black test

10 November 2016

549th All Black test

NEW ZEALAND v IRELAND (Northern tour international) at Soldier Field, Chicago, USA.

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fulltime Score; Ireland 40 New Zealand 29

Halftime; Ireland 25 New Zealand 8

Attendance 62,300

Conditions; Excellent, Weather fine and bright. Temperature cool. An afternoon game. Slight breeze favoured New Zealand in the first half.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pierce (England) Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO:  Rowan Litt (England)

The scorers; For IRELAND (40) Tries by J.Murphy, CJ Stander, C.Murray, S.Zebo and R.Henshaw. 2 conversions and 2 penalties by J.Sexton. 1 penalty by C.Murray; 1 conversion by J.Carbery.

For NEW ZEALAND (29) Tries by G.Moala, TJ Perenara, Ben Smith and Scott Barrett. 3 conversions and 1 penalty by Beauden Barrett.

NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo (Rep’d by Aaron Cruden 55m), 13 George Moala (rep’d by Codie Taylor 70m) 12 Ryan Crotty (rep’d by Malakai Fekitoa 25m), 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith (rep’d by TJ Perenara 46m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire,  5 Jerome Kaino, (rep’d by Scott Barrett 59m on debut) 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (rep’d by Ardie Savea 45m), 3 Owen Franks, (rep’d by 59m) 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody (rep’d by Ofa Tu’ugafasi 59m) (Moody was yellow-carded in the first haldf)

IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Johnny Sexton (rep’d by Joey Carbery 59m),9 Conor Murray,8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy (rep’d by Josh van der Flier 26m), 6 C.J. Stander, 5 Devin Toner,  4 Donnacha Ryan (Rep’d by Ultan Dillane 65m), 3 Tadhg Furlong (rep’d by Finlay Bealham 56m), 2 Rory Best (Rep’d by Sean Cronin 71m),1 Jack McGrath (rep’d by Cian Healy 60m)

Two Irish replacement players; Kieran Marmion and Garry Ringrose, were not used off the bench at all during the game.


The win ended New Zealand’s sequence of 18 test wins in a row.

The win by Ireland was their first-ever over the All Blacks. In the previous 28 tests spread over 111 years New Zealand had won 27 games with one drawn game (10-10) in 1973.

When he came off the sub’s bench Scott Barrett was making his debut for New Zealand and played alongside his brother older Beauden.

When the try scored by Scott Barrett in the second half was converted by his brother Beauden this was the first time this had happened in All Black test history.

When Ardie Savea came onto the field in the 59th minute to join his brother Julian as well as the two Barrett brothers many in the media claimed this was the first time two sets of All Black brothers had been on the field at the same time in the same game. That was at least since both the Meads brothers, Colin and Stan, and the Clarke brothers, Don and Ian had played together in tests in the 1960s. Thanks to research from Clive Akers, the editor of the Rugby Almanack of New Zealand at least one other example of this brotherly double-double should be recalled; the Brooke brothers, Zinzan and Robin, and the Bachop brothers, Stephen and Graeme had all started in the same All Black test v South Africa in Auckland in 1994.


The scoring of five tries in this test against New Zealand (thus inflicting a loss on a New Zealand test team) by Ireland in Chicago equalled the highest total of tries ever scored in a test by any country when they had beaten the All Blacks.

The other countries in that list (in winning margin order are):

5 tries v New Zealand (in a winning game);

By Australia, 3rd test at Eden Park, Auckland 1978 (score 30-16) (Winning margin of 14 points)

By South Africa, Tri Nations game, Johannesburg 2004 (score 40-26) (Winning margin of 14 points)

By South Africa, 3rd test at Eden Park, Auckland 1937 (score 17-6) (Winning margin of 11 points)

By Ireland, 1st test, at Soldier Field, Chicago 2016 (score 40-29) (Winning margin of 11 points)



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