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Pictured above: New Zealand lock Chris Jack is tackled by Donncha O’Callaghan in Hamilton.
Ronan O’Gara, who kicked 13 points to take his all-time points record up to 620, tries to hand off New Zealand centre Aaron Mauger.
New Zealand full-back Mils Muliaina gets over for a try, just five minutes into the second half, under pressure from Ireland’s Geordan Murphy and Andrew Trimble.
Andrew Trimble dots down his 50th-minute try – his fourth score in seven Test matches. Ronan O’Gara’s conversion pushed Ireland 23-15 clear but the All Blacks bossed the latter stages to grab their 18th win in 19 clashes with the men in green.
As Ireland press for a late try, Paul O’Connell reaches for a pass from his skipper Brian O’Driscoll, but the move petered out. New Zealand out-half Luke McAlister, who kicked 19 points for the hosts, pinched O’Connell’s pass seconds later.
Brian O’Driscoll, who captained Ireland for the 28th time today and scored his 28th Test try, reflects on what might have been after the final whistle.
**All photos by Billy Stickland of Inpho Photography**