Ireland end 111 years of hurt to beat the All Blacks.
Fully deserved it was too. Soldier Field crackled with atmosphere, vast swathes of the 63,300 bedecked in green watched Ireland dominate vast swathes of the first-half and kept counter-punching in a riotous rollercoaster of a second half, ultimately outscoring the back-to-back world champions and runaway winners of the Rugby Championship by five tries to four, and thus end their world record 18-match sequence of test wins.
The Irish Times
Has there ever been a year like this? And now the mighty All Blacks have fallen in the Year of the Sporting Underdog.
Taking inspiration from the Cubs, it was another “Miracle in Chicago” as Ireland’s national rugby team ended an even longer streak than the Windy City’s baseball team has endured by doing what was considered impossible – beating the best team in the game’s history, the All Blacks.
There must be something in the water in Chicago this week. Before 62,000 fans at Solider Field, Ireland were magnificent in a magnificent sporting week.
And now their 40-29 victory over the All Blacks – the first in their history – has added an exclamation mark to an incredible sporting year where the underdog has ruled.
A historic date for ever more for the rugby mad Irish. Awesome.