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It was ugly, but Dan Carter's fifth international dropped goal is one of his more memorable.
In his 87-test career, Carter had only nailed four dropped goals - against Australia, South Africa and Scotland - before instigating last night's great escape over the passionate Irish.
The skill is notoriously difficult to master and often cops the ire of New Zealand's rugby public.
Northern Hemisphere teams have copped the brunt of that criticism. It has been viewed as negative, boring behaviour. A non-Kiwi trait, even.
Think back to the shock 2007 World Cup quarter-final exit, when the All Blacks refused to take a shot until they had no other option.
Lessons have, thankfully, been absorbed since then. Carter showed that in Christchurch.
Locked at 19-all in the dying stages last night, and with Israel Dagg cooling his heels in the sinbin, it seemed as though this intense test would sit alongside the sole draw - 41-years ago in Dublin. But Carter, after two failed attempts, one off his unfavoured right foot, stepped up in the final 30 seconds to save Steve Hansen's blushes.
"It was third time lucky," Carter said. "The two dropped goals I had before that were probably worse. She scraped over. I didn't strike it very well. It was an ideal position to have a dropped goal, right in-front of the posts."
The experienced pivot felt his team-mates had let the jersey down with their effort and admitted to being surprised by Ireland's remarkable turnaround, just seven days after being flogged in Auckland.
"Their intensity was higher than ours," he said.
"That should never be the case when you pull on this black jersey. You've got to make sure you do it justice and turn up prepared to play. We need to work a lot harder if we're going to play the style we want.
"We always expected they would learn a lot from last week and bring more intensity. But this was a huge learning curve for us. We need to lift. There's one game to go [in Hamilton] and we'll have to lift again.
"We didn't play anywhere near as well as we could have. Most of that is because of the way Ireland played.
"They put us under a lot of pressure. They controlled the gain line. Every time you looked up they had a lot of numbers in defence. Because of that we were unable to get the ball wide to our wingers."
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