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LIVE: Ireland vs. New Zealand rugby result, final score, and reaction from the 2021 Autumn

Ireland dominated from start to finish to defeat New Zealand 29-20 at an electrifying Aviva Stadium on Saturday, extending their winning streak to three games in a row against the All Blacks. 

Ireland dominated the first half but trailed 10-5 at halftime, with only James Lowe able to get through New Zealand's formidable defense.

On the other side, Codie Taylor's try was one of only two visitors' ventures into the Irish half. 

The onslaught continued in the second period, with hooker Ronan Kelleher and man-of-the-match Caelan Doris breaking the All Blacks' dam. Captain Johnny Sexton kicked a conversion and added a penalty to put the hosts up 20-10.

Will Jordan's 17th try in 11 caps set up a tight last 20 minutes, but Ireland held firm, with replacement flyhalf Joey Carbery kicking three late penalties, one from the halfway line, before the sold-out crowd roared.

Full-time score: Ireland 29, New Zealand 20. 

How about Joey Carbery's final 10-minute cameo? He filled in for Johnny Sexton and scored three late penalties to seal the victory. This one was especially well-timed, as it looked to crush any remaining hope for the All Blacks. At No. 10, Ireland has a bright future.

'It's a boyhood dream,' says James Lowe. 

"It's incredible," James Lowe, a New Zealander, said. "I never imagined this day would happen in a million years." I've always wanted to be an All Black since I was a youngster. 

"I gave up that dream because I wasn't quite skilled enough, but to compete against the best team in the world was a dream come true." It's a boyhood desire to be able to stand in front of the haka."

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