"People will I suppose postulate about who's where, who's favourite".
The unthinkable has happened; hell has frozen over, porcine creatures taking flight, Ireland producing just a brilliant performance, an All Blacks like performance to shut out the back to back world champions.
"Part of me can't believe it, it's been an incredible road to where I'm at at the moment", he said. "It does take a lot of confidence to try it again", said Best. "It's been a massive year and a half for me and I don't plan to stop any time soon". When asked whether there was a serious appetite to have Schmidt return to New Zealand, Johnson was emphatic in his response. Such assuredness was of no surprise to Rory Best, his captain with both Ireland and Ulster.
But finally there can be real debate over which team is the world's best right now, with Ireland palpably peaking in class and belief. This time the Ulster winger's chip was flawless, as was the bounce.
"Did we think we were going to have it right by now? We knew we probably needed to score a try in the second half to win that game".
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"Yeah, look. I thought it was for Tadhg (Furlong)", he laughed.
This group of All Blacks players are a proud bunch, yet one thing that must be said is how gracious they were in defeat.
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'Ireland may not snatch the top spot on world rankings as a result of this victory, but they will certainly go into next year's tournament with the moral high ground. Could they be keeping something back for the more important challenge to come?
There's a vulnerability about the team and an apparent indecision about what they're up to. It is hard to think of a more complete performance by any Ireland side, the stunning rout of the All Blacks in Chicago two years ago included.
"He did well, didn't he, to reach back and grab that", Smith sighed.
"So, I'm happy to just park that".
Ireland's discipline last weekend against Argentina was not at its normal levels but there was a marked improvement from the off last night.
"That's footy. Sometimes you get the bounce of the ball and sometimes you don't".
"We were at home, and they were coming off a long series of games where they have travelled around the world a number of times".
"Like we're all drivers out there and we can't just rely on like the Beaudys to make all those decisions".
Ireland had been stung before by New Zealand when they scored that converted try in injury time in 2013 to beat us but this team refused to surrender. We have always had the next generation ready to go.