Well, being a rugby fan first and an All Black fan second, I can't let last night's magnificent performance by the Irish rugby team go by without a comment here on the old blog.
They absolutely smashed into us all game in the forwards, shut us down in the backs, and got inside our heads so well that we were making all kinds of errors. It was brilliantly thought out and magnificently executed. Peter O'Mahony - what a performance! The Irish played like a team of heroes and thoroughly deserved their win.
Any team other than the All Blacks would've lost that game by twenty points. The men in black never gave up, but they couldn't find a way to get through that Irish defence.
Great match. Also have to give a thumbs up to the officials, who, even though they had a couple of opportunities to do so, didn't interfere by issuing any yellow cards and thereby ruining the spectacle.
And here, just for the atmosphere, are the final seconds of the game as called by the New Zealand radio commentary team.
Well done to the men in green!