18 Jun 2012

Drop goal wins test for All Blacks

1:06 pm on 18 June 2012

The All Blacks have nawrrowly beaten Ireland by 22-19 in the second test at Christchurch to wrap up the three-game series 2-0.

Ireland opened the scoring in the first half through a try to half back Conor Murray and New Zealand trailed Ireland 10-9 at half-time.

Steam was billowing off the backs of the All Black forward pack in near freezing conditions in Christchurch, but that didn't stop them from surging over the line early in the second half, carrying halfback Aaron Smith across for his first international try.

Ireland fought back to lock up the game at 19-19, but then a drop goal from Dan Carter on the stroke of time sealed the victory for New Zealand.