17 Jun 2012

Carter drop-goal wins Test

6:07 am on 17 June 2012

All Blacks have beaten Ireland by 22-19 in the final minutes of the game in Christchurch.

Penalty kicks and a vastly-improved Irish team dominated the first Test match to be held in the city for 22 months.

The Irish led 10-9 at half-time.

Dan Carter kicked an 80th minute drop goal to give New Zealand its tense victory, it second so far in the three-Test series.

Ireland has never won a Test against the All Blacks in their 25 previous encounters, with a 10-10 draw in 1973 the closest they have come.

Aaron Smith scored a try for the All Blacks while Carter added a conversion and kicked four penalties.

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray scored an early try for the visitors while flyhalf Jonathan Sexton also added a conversion and four penalties.

Afterwards, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said the team made too many errors, in particular a high number of silly penalties, which Ireland were able to capitalise on.

Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll said his players fell at the final hurdle.