Seven stats that you missed from Ireland's victory over the All Blacks

By Sam Hewat

Ireland did so much more than just break a 111-year drought against the All Blacks on Sunday morning. Photo / Photosport
Ireland did so much more than just break a 111-year drought against the All Blacks on Sunday morning. Photo / Photosport

It will forever be remembered as the first time Ireland beat the All Blacks.

Somehow, the boys in green found the bottom of the rainbow on Sunday morning and continued what has been an indescribable year in the sporting world.

However, while we sit back in shock and disbelief, we've missed out on the fact this one game broke more than just a 111-year-old record.

As impressive as that record was, the Irish joined many elusive clubs. Not just by winning, but by winning how they did, and we've got the stats to prove it.

Five Tries

Ireland have become just the third team in history to score five tries against the All Blacks in a single match.

In fact, it's just the fifth occasion ever that it's happened.

Furthermore, they are just the second team to score five tries and win the match.

Surprisingly, two of the other four occasions came during the 2000 Tri-Nations when South Africa beat the All Blacks 46-40, and Australia came close with a 39-35 loss.

The only other times were in 1937 and 1997 against South Africa.

25 First-half Points

The Irish went into the sheds at halftime on Sunday morning up 25-8.

That's the most first half points Ireland has scored against any tier one nation.

For the All Blacks, 25 points is the 3rd most they've ever given up in the first half during their 549-test history.

40 Points

Before Ireland, how many teams had scored 40 points or more against the All Blacks?

Just two - France and South Africa.

In fact, it's only the fifth time in history a team has scored 40 points against the All Blacks - and is tied fourth for the most amount of points the All Blacks have allowed in one game.

It's also been 12 years since South Africa did it last.

Take it down a notch, and it's just the second time since 2009 that the All Blacks have conceded more than 30 points - England being the only other team in 2012.

62,300

That was the attendance at Soldier Field in Chicago - a stadium that has a capacity of 61,500.

It set an American record for attendance at a rugby match.

The Luck of the French

We don't have anything against the French. Of course we don't.

But on Sunday morning, Mathieu Raynal officiated proceedings and became the first French referee since 1993 to blow the whistle on an All Blacks loss.

For the record, three of the last four matches of the All Blacks have lost in the past five years have been adjudicated by Wayne Barnes.

258 minutes

It took Australia, South Africa, and Argentina 258 minutes to collectively put 40 points in the All Blacks "against" column during this year's Rugby Championship. Ireland did it by themselves in 76 minutes.

Ireland's five tries in one match also equals the total amount of tries teams scored against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship this year - from six games.

Black and Wyatt

Wyatt Crockett's win percentage is the highest among all players.

97.27 per cent in the 55 games he's played.

His only loss - England in 2012.

That's right, the All Blacks haven't lost a game since 2012 when Wyatt Crockett is on the field.

He didn't play against Ireland on Sunday morning.

- NZ Herald

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