Player Ratings: Legends are born as Ireland beat New Zealand
We rank the men in green as they beat New Zealand in Chicago23:53 Saturday 5 November 2016, 23:53 5 Nov 2016
It wasn't difficult to score the Irish team tonight as they put in a truly incredible performance which will go down in Irish rugby folklore.
Not only did they beat the world champions, they stopped their record-breaking run of 18 test wins in a row to give Ireland their first ever win over New Zealand.
1. Jack McGrath: 10
Faultless. Scrummaged as his life depended on it. Relentless in open play. Never took a step back.
2. Rory Best (Captain): 10
Faultless. Led from the front and now becomes the first Irish captain to lead his team to a first ever win in South Africa against the Springboks and now a first ever win against New Zealand.
3. Tadgh Furlong: 10
Gave everything he had in the biggest game of his career. Ireland's scrum is in safe hands with him anchoring it down.
4. Donnacha Ryan: 10
The Munster man was ferocious in defence and was at the coalface for all the action.
5. Devin Toner: 10
Toner matched Ryan's work-rate and marshalled the line-out superbly.
6. CJ Stander: 10
The Munster man was immense and scored a pivotal try as Ireland chased their first ever win over the All-Blacks.
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7. Jordi Murphy: 10
Murphy was immense as he filled in for both O'Brien and O'Mahony. Played his heart out until h went off the field badly injured. Scored Ireland's first try, and will always have that to tell the grandchildren.
8. Jamie Heaslip: 10
The vice-captain was a rock at the back of the scrum. Tackled, rucked and mauled as he powered Ireland to victory. In the dying minutes, instead of playing it safe, he picked off the back of the scrum and fed Henshaw who took a beautiful line to seal the win.
9. Conor Murray: 10
Solidified his position as a senior leader within the squad. Ran the game along with Sexton as Ireland kept the All Blacks guessing at every breakdown. When they guessed wrong in the first half, he sniped around a ruck and ran in a fantastic try. Stepped up to kick a penalty when his team needed it, and halted New Zealand's momentum.
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10. Johnny Sexton: 10
In tandem with his nine, he bossed his side around the park. Kicked smartly, ran when necessary and banished the ghost of that late missed penalty in the corresponding fixture in 2013.
11. Simon Zebo: 10
Showed incredible athleticism around the park with one kick-chase in particular drawing applause from the crowd. Nipped in in the corner in the second half as Ireland began to turn the screw.
12. Robbie Henshaw: 10
The man who sealed the victory had a stunning game from start to finish. Threw himself into tackles with reckless abandon and knocked Savea into touch when it looked like he was about to score.
13. Jared Payne: 10
Marshalled the defence with every ounce of experience in his blood. Was almost O'Driscoll-esque as he led the line and halted wave after wave of New Zealand attacks.
14. Andrew Trimble: 10
Trimble played like only Trimble knows how. He was strong around the park and booted a monster clearance when Ireland were under the cosh.
15. Rob Kearney: 10
The full-back has come under scrutiny in recent months, but he brushed aside any questions about his form with a brilliant performance from 15. Kicked, caught and tackled like a man possessed.
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16. Sean Cronin: 10
Replaced the captain Best and picked up where the leader left off. Adapted to the pace immediately, and never took a step back.
17. Cian Healy: 10
Came into a solid scrum and kept it that way. Industrious around the park.
18. Finlay Bealham: 10
Entered the fray and steadied the ship. Turning into a reliable international tight-head and now has the biggest win of his life.
19. Ultan Dillane: 10
Powered his way around the field of play when he came on. Looked as if he was gutted to be starting from the bench, and wanted to prove a point.
20. Josh Van Der Flier: 10
Came on early for the injured Murphy. Harassed New Zealand at every breakdown, and made his presence felt.
22. Joey Carbery: 10
There is no more difficult game in world rugby to make your debut, but he played as if he was kicking it around in the local park. Confidently stepped into Sexton's boots.
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