It was hardly reliable, back from the dead finish which secured all blacks in the first unbeaten season of the professional period. But, just as relevant this week, it was also the test that began to change perceptions and raising a new era of Irish rugby.
Schmidt did not literally morph into Maui and scratched the big fish in his first crack in the All Blacks but he could not get any closer, and since Ireland had established the greatest threat of New Zealand.
Ireland's Kiwi coach said this week that he was "still bleeding" from the 22-22 defeat in 2013, when Dane Coles leapt out of his left leg and was charged with Ryan Crotti, who finished the amazing team in the 82nd minute.
Aaron Kroden dropped the side conversion – in the second attempt – and after losing to lead the seventh half and their first victory over all the blacks, Ireland again broke the heart.
"I remember that Dane did all the work and I did not have to do anything, and since then I've had to apologize to every Irishman I've met," said Crotty.
"It was a special year, 2013 – we left inexperienced, we are excited to return, it's a wonderful city and it's a very tough opponent this weekend."
Somehow all the Blacks won the battle that day, but Ireland still turned heads. It was clear that they were another team under Schmidt, who could accompany him to the best of the world.
The war on the court rose sharply when Ireland finally ended 111 years of rugby oppression – as one local writer put it yesterday – in Chicago in 2016.
It was not only a result but the way Ireland achieved it – scored five attempts to refuse buckle when all the Blacks launched their inevitable comeback again after trailing at a break of 15 points.
Coles remembers the 40-29 defeat well.
"I think we'll do everything in our power to make sure it does not happen again, because we were both involved in Chicago," said the whore of All Blacks, glancing at Crotty. "It was not a great feeling."
In one of the most physical tests of Steve Hansen's cruelty, the blacks used two yellow cards to avenge revenge in a 21-9 win in Dublin two weeks later.
Krotty mentions the flexible efforts of his teammates.
"I remember Stat that the boys did something like 200 odd games in this game," said Crotty. "We were pleased to give them the ball and rely on our defense to hold them.
"It was a very difficult test game and a lot of guys were really hurting after that."
This contemporary history encourages anticipation this week.
That three points (74-71) separates all blacks and Ireland since 2013 and Epic sums up the character of what has quickly become a fierce rivalry.
Ireland, six champions of nations, now require respect not only for all blacks but for the rugby world, especially on the home ground.
"We had some history, some very intense games, close, so we are very eager to enjoy this week, not 1 vs 2 will not be amazing," Coles said.
"There's a little more intensity and construction until now, since 2013, they've been a rising party, so they deserve all the credit and respect they get, it's going to be Hammer this week.
"They have the skill factor now, but they are also very hard, direct men, very physically, it takes you to this border.
"They have the comprehensive game, we felt the defeat of it, they can really play – their forward has great skills.
"The two teams have a lot of drama, of course in 2013 we released the magical victory, and 2016, they won, but these things will not help you this week.
"I'm sure the two teams will want to feel that feeling again, but we will not be tied to the past for further motivation."