The disappointed reaction to Ireland's defeat to New Zealand in Dublin 4 years ago

The disappointed reaction to Ireland's defeat to New Zealand in Dublin

It wasn't quite enough.

World player of the year Beauden Barrett put in a man of the match performance as Ireland succumbed to a 21-9 defeat to New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.

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It was a bruising encounter, with Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton and Simon Zebo all forced off through injury as New Zealand's 'win at all costs' approach proved too much for Ireland to overcome.

Back-to-back victories were not to be, as Ireland's inability to score a try proved costly.

"If you're going to beat the All Blacks you're going to have to score more than nine points. From our point of view it's very disappointing," said Ireland captain Rory Best afterwards.

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And this one sums the whole thing up...

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