Ireland deserved to win

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Dublin born Ayman Ben Mohamed who is a Tunisia global and recently won the African champions league with his side Esperance Sportive de Tunis talks his experiences in Africa and the decision to leave Ireland.

Best got a huge reception when substituted in the second half, the reaction from Irish fans coming after he was criticised in some corners for his performance against Argentina seven days earlier. Peter O'Mahony, Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and the young James Ryan were all massively influential and Schmidt still has Conor Murray, Sean O'Brien, Robbie Henshaw and Dan Leavy to come back.

Back-to-back world champions New Zealand dropped from 93.58 to 92.54 points, meaning they now sit 1.37 rating points above Ireland.

Meanwhile, Ireland remain second in the world rankings but have closed the gap on the All Blacks in the race to become number one.

"We all know he is with us until the World Cup, I think maybe he'll give us another two years after that and then someone else will transition into the role but we all know he is a kiwi at heart".

But finally there can be real debate over which team is the world's best right now, with Ireland palpably peaking in class and belief.

'Ireland are the world's best, then. When was the last time that happened? But time and again, big tackles were made; and time and again we denied them space.

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"It was well done and when they score a try like that you've just got to acknowledge the way they do that".

"It's such an incredible feeling, we had to work so, so hard for the win", said McGrath. "I mean they're vulnerable", FitzSimons said on Sports Sunday. Could they be keeping something back for the more important challenge to come?

"I am just starting to wonder that maybe the results this year would suggest it is time for a change, don't get me wrong Hansen is a fantastic coach".

Captain Kieran Read insisted that while the pace of the game was not as fast as the Rugby Championship or last year's Lions series, the intensity and physicality matched both.

"They held the ball and it felt like we were defending very well, but we kind of let that pressure off by giving away a silly penalty, and all of a sudden they have another free go, and that's something that we'll address going forward", Whitelock added. "Can we make sure that we deliver at that level"?

They were almost made to pay early in the second period when Kieran Read charged down a risky Stockdale chip-kick but failed to gather with the try line at his mercy.