Ireland have won four of their last seven meetings against New Zealand, having never beaten them until 2016

Head coach Andy Farrell says Ireland will “hold their own against everyone” after them beat the All Blacks for the first time in New Zealand to set up the deciding series in Wellington on Saturday.

Ireland lost the first Test 42-19 in Auckland but comfortably beat their 14-man hosts in Dunedin.

Farrell is braced for a backlash from the Kiwis but insists his side will approach the Wellington final with faith.

“We always get an answer, don’t we?” he said.

“Everyone knows this, history says it. We are already used to it. We will look forward to it.

“We’ve made a bit of history for ourselves, little old Ireland, but we’ve earned the right to take it to the final weekend to see what we can do in the final week.

“The players play against anyone and the more we give them the opportunity to play against the best teams in the world, the better they will become.”

Taking the lead through Andrew Porter’s third-minute try, Ireland held on at Dunedin’s Forsyth Bar Stadium, producing a classy 80-minute performance to keep the streak alive.

The Irish also benefited from playing against 14 men for much of the second Test after Angus Taavao’s 31st-minute red card saw fellow All Blacks Lester Fainga’anuku and Ofa Tu’ungafasi sin-binned.

And while Ireland absorbed some of the pressure in the second half, Farrell said he was heartened by the growing composure in his ranks.

“I think the most impressive thing that we’re doing pretty well at this point in time is understanding where we are, one moment at a time, staying calm and not getting upset or frustrated by mistakes or decisions or non-execution,” the 47-year-old added.

“We’re pretty good at trying to stay neutral and execute and that helps us play in those big games and compete.”

Andrew Porter with Tadhg Beirne after the game
Leinster prop Andrew Porter (left) scored both of Ireland’s tries in Dunedin

Farrell is expected to give his fringe players a run-out at Wellington’s Sky Stadium against the Maori All Blacks on Tuesday ahead of the crucial third test.

“There are bigger things to think about in terms of this tour for us,” said Pharrell, whose second line On June 29 they lost to the Maori 32-17 in Hamilton.

“We’ve got some young lads in the dressing room who have been inspired by it (the Test team) who want to get back out there on Tuesday night and do well against the Maori.

“These guys have been through a lot of pain, that’s what we’ve put them under, the pressure to push them out of their comfort zone.

“It’s been a completely different week to what they’ve been used to because of us trying to play five games in such a short space of time and there’s been no whining.

“They’ve been very tough mentally and they’ll be backing the lads as well to make sure they’re in good shape for Tuesday night.”

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