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80 Why replacement O'Gara decided to chip will be asked a few times tonight as Pietersen collects and just runs the ball out of play. Victory for South Africa but it wasn't easy as they take the win by 16 points to 12. Thanks for following the action.
79 They go through the phases well until Earls forces a scrum turnover, which won't hurt SA too much as they have plenty of field position on which to defend.
77 Ireland must run from here on in and they do just that from their own half, but it backfires as Zebo loses possession in contact. That means it will be a Springbok scrum on the home ten-metre. There won't be anything flashy in these three minutes.
74 Ireland are on the attack again, this time just outside the 22 as they look for a try that would possibly win this contest. The Boks have done it again though at the breakdown and it's Sharks back-rower Coetzee doing the job superbly for his team.
71 I can make out that Bent, Henderson and Flip van der Merwe have all come on for the closing stages as Eoin Reddan waits to put in just inside his own half.
68 LAMBIE PENALTY! 12-16! What about this then, a Leinster prop doing a job on Ireland. Van der Merwe has just dominated provincial team-mate Ross to hand Lambie a shot from much easier range. This time he makes it so the lead is four.
67 Ireland have taken out a line-out jumper in the air so here is a chance for Lambie from about 52 metres on the angle to take the Boks' lead past a penalty. Short from him this time but it could work out very well for SA as they counter well from the clearance.
65 Another change to mention. Marcell Coetzee is on for Alberts.
64 Ireland are still having good ball though and go through a large amount of phases, this time making metres with it. Here comes Ireland's Donncha O'Callaghan off the bench along with Heinke van der Merwe for South Africa. What a finish we have in store.
60 Ireland are throwing everything at the Boks in attack on halfway but aren't really getting anywhere against this stout defence. Now they will though as Hougaard is caught offside...up steps Sexton from 52 metres on the angle...it drops short of the bar.
59 Good news for Ireland as they get a welcome penalty to clear their own lines before Fergus McFadden comes on for Trimble. Pat Cilliers is also on for Du Plessis.
56 Heaslip is back on by the way with R Strauss throwing in on halfway. It is the beginning of a good spell for the hosts as their runners stay strong after the first hit. Within 25 metres here until superb work from Strauss' cousin sees him win an invaluable penalty.
52 LAMBIE PENALTY! 12-13! Ryan is penalised for not releasing the tackler so it is the Boks in front for the first time. Good initial work from Hougaard.
50 The storm is weathered though by Ireland as Healy rips the ball out of Etzebeth's grasp five metres out. That was a massive play from the Leinster loosehead, but Ireland aren't out of the woods just yet. Back come South Africa from 30 metres out.
49 Ireland come roaring straight back though with O'Mahony running well up the middle. However, South Africa come away with possession after Sexton's cross-field is taken by Hougaard, who kicks well for one that Trimble touches in flight. Boks ball 25 out then.
46 LAMBIE CONVERSION! 12-10! Simple enough.
45 PIENAAR TRY! 12-8! The pressure tells as Ulster scrum-half Pienaar scores in quarter-back sneak style, diving over under the uprights for a certain seven points after Barnes' checking with the TMO. If we didn't before, we definitely have a great game here.
43 HEASLIP YELLOW! Strong start from the Boks as Strauss has it at the back of a driving maul. They are within five metres here with clear offsides from Ireland coming, which leads to Heaslip going to the bin. Five metre line-out coming up.
Second-half Welcome back and we join the game with Healy looking a little groggy after a collision in contact. He comes off (unsure if it's permanent) with David Kilcoyne coming on as the Boks kick a penalty to the corner. Big chance here for the visitors.
40 The half ends with Pienaar having a penalty shot from 60 metres on the angle which is easily short. So, Ireland lead against the odds with South Africa struggling to get going in truth. Declan Kidney will ask for more of the same from his charges. Stay with us!
39 Here comes the shot from Sexton from the left...but he has slid that one just to the outside of the near post to it remains 12-3 to the hosts with half-time coming.
37 Ireland will be very happy with where they are in terms of field position here as their Strauss throws in 35 metres out. He now has it at the tail of a maul that is going forward. A penalty is going against Kruger here. Eventually, Barnes blows for that one.
35 Up goes a tester from Ireland but that is dealt with well by Pienaar, who makes the mark in his own 22. Now, the final five minutes of the half...what is in store?
33 The Boks could have responded to that card in a positive way there when R Strauss overthrew an Irish line-out but Alberts couldn't hold Pienaar's flat pass.
32 PIETERSEN YELLOW! The Bok wing is sent to the bin after taking out Henry early from the restart so things get worse for South Africa in Dublin.
30 SEXTON PENALTY! 12-3! It's a nine-point ball game.
29 Ireland are very much on top here with Healy running well alongside Zebo in the Bok 22. They have a penalty advantage too so this is a free play for them.
26 No is the answer as in fact the Boks could cut matters here with a long-range penalty. Lambie has missed from 50 metres to the right of the uprights though.
24 Ireland will definitely be happy with how they have started this game as they motor into the SA half with good front foot ball. Can they add to their lead here?
21 SEXTON PENALTY! 9-3! Unfortunate for De Villiers as he heels the ball away by accident at a ruck so up steps Sexton to move that lead back up to six.
17 LAMBIE PENALTY! 6-3! South Africa are on the board after the Irish come offside so it's a settler for Lambie. Just the three points in it now in Dublin.
15 Ireland are penalised for lying all over that one so this time it is the visitors walking to an attacking line-out. They go for a set move off the top but Hougaard can't hold that one so Ireland come away unscathed. Great start to this game at the Aviva.
13 Barnes is hammering the Boks here with a forward pass now called, which looked flat at worst. Scrum to Ireland on halfway then with Earls having a run before being met hard by Pietersen, which leads to a turnover and the Springboks making it to halfway.
11 SEXTON PENALTY! 6-0! Now another penalty against the Boks as Jannie due Plessis is the man pinged so up steps Sexton from long-range. Great kick.
8 South Africa are penalised at the breakdown this time as Ireland walk downfield for a line-out. But again Cronin's throw isn't the best and that leads to a fumble.
6 SEXTON PENALTY! 3-0! An infringement at that line-out leads to Sexton having his first shot at goal from the right side of the field. He should be able to knock this over with his reputation...success for the Leinster fly-half and Ireland have the early lead.
4 Ireland's Strauss is off for blood so on comes Sean Cronin as Sexton drills one right into the corner, with an attacking line-out to come. That has lifted the crowd.
3 South Africa come up to halfway in what's been a frantic start in Dublin. There have been a few early touches for Zebo and he has dealt with the pressure well.
Kick-off Here we go folks. Ireland, wearing black, kick-off through Sexton with a bit more kicking following before Bowe fumbles a tester just outside the Bok 22.
Team News The big news is that Bok prop Beast Mtawarira has withdrawn from the side this morning due to a recurrence of mild heart palpitations. CJ van der Linde will start at loosehead in his place and Heinke van der Merwe comes onto the bench. Pat Lambie gets a rare start at fly-half in place of the injured Johan Goosen while JP Pietersen returns at wing and Juandré Kruger at lock in place of Bryan Habana and Andries Bekker who are also injured.
Team News Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip will captain his country for the first time as Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Rory Best are all out with injuries. Best's injury means that Richardt Strauss will earn his first cap for Ireland at hooker. Mike McCarthy is selected in the second-row alongside Donnacha Ryan, with Chris Henry selected to start at openside, while Peter O'Mahony is selected at blindside. In the backline, Simon Zebo will be earning his first start for Ireland at full-back, in a back three that has plenty of experience in Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe, who will earn his 50th international cap for Ireland.
Welcome Good day and welcome to the Aviva Stadium for this Test between Ireland and South Africa. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.
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