The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

RATHER than mourn the end of the All Blacks’ world-record win­ning run yes­ter­day, New Zealan­ders backed coach Steve Hansen’s anal­y­sis that Ire­land de­served their his­toric 4029 vic­tory in Chicago. “The right side won... we’re not go­ing to make any ex­cuses,” Hansen de­clared as the New Zealand news me­dia and call­ers to talk ra­dio voiced agree­ment. “Mag­nif­i­cent men in green: Ire­land make his­tory,” trum­peted the New Zealand Her­ald. “Sweet sport­ing his­tory made,” Fair­fax New Zealand said on its web­site, high­light­ing that it was Ire­land’s first win over New Zealand af­ter 29 Tests in 111 years. In New Zealand, where rugby is al­most a re­li­gion, Test losses usu­ally cause na­tional mourn­ing and the more sur­pris­ing the loss the big­ger the hurt.

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