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  • International Match
  • 16th Nov 2013
  • KO 17:45
  • Ground: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Att: 46,000

Ireland v Australia - Live

Last updated: 16th November 2013  


80 And there we go. The game ends with a Wallaby scrum penalty. I can't remember a game when the Aussies were so dominant in the set-piece. Punted off the park, and a fine, fine win for Australia here in Dublin. Huge morale-booster.

80 And there was indeed a knock-on from Murray at the base of the previous ruck. That pretty much sums up Ireland's performance tonight.

79 TMO decision here...Sean Cronin looks to have scored, but Pollock will refer it upstairs in case there was a knock-on in the build up. Great from O'Driscoll again.

79 Ireland back in possession for the last minute then as Australia clear downfield. Touch of class from O'Driscoll puts the hosts into the 22. Can they finish on a high?

78 The Aussie throw-in is not straight, and we have another scrum here in the dying minutes. But once more, the Irish attack comes to nothing as the ball is thrown out of play on the far side. Imprecision, imprecision, imprecision.

75 But again, Ireland concede the scrum penalty! This was not in the script! Wallaby scrum in the ascendancy throughout this evening's game. Shock to the system for Ireland.

74 The breakdown is a mess, and Ireland will have a scrum five metres from the Wallaby line. Kearney is down and in obvious pain. Play stopped for now, six minutes to go.

73 Better from Ireland now, in the 22 as Marshall makes another line break. Can they finally breach the Wallaby try-line? They have another penalty, which they take quickly. Pounding the defence now...

Red Card72 Kuridrani's evening is over. It's a horrible tackle from the centre, lifting, tipping and driving O'Mahony onto his neck. No complaints there.

72 Ireland win the scrum penalty as Australia adjudged to have collapsed the set-piece. Heaslip goes quickly, and Ireland attack. There's a bit of nasty stuff here all-round as Peter O'Mahony is dumped on his backside. Pollock checks with the TMO, and there is some very choice language picked up from the Irish flanker.

71 This game going from bad to worse to Ireland. Imprecision killing them again, as Tommy Bowe knocks on under little pressure. A very frustrating evening for the hosts. Last nine minutes, Australia with another chance to attack in midfield dead-centre, 30m out.

Conversion70 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 15-32 He adds the extras.

TRY68 TRY, AUSTRALIA, HOOPER! A 12-man driving maul does the job for the Aussies, and they kill the game off with Hooper the man in possession as they cross the line.

67 Nice play from Australia in attack once more, as the grubber is toed in behind Rob Kearney. The full-back is bundled into touch seven metres from his own line. Subs on now as Cronin is on for Best, Archer for Ross.

65 Australia attack, and the ball goes forward off Conor Murray's hand. Scrum Australia on the 22.

64 And Australia win the penalty. Mike Ross again adjudged to be collapsing. But a much-improved Wallaby scrummage this week. Toomua takes play downfield.

62 But, they're going for the corner, here comes the Irish maul!

61 Pollock has a word with both hookers as the scrum fails again, but Ireland get it away and Madigan hacks forwards. O'Connell drives on as they approach the Aussie 22. They have the penalty, though, and Madigan will have the chance to cut the gap to seven points.

59 Folau beats O'Driscoll, not for the first time, but the centre recovers well to bundle Ashley-Cooper into touch.

57 PENALTY, IRELAND, MADIGAN! 15-25 Madigan converts, and there are a few subs: Murray on for Reddan, and the visitors bring on the hulking Sitaleki Timani for Horwill.

Penalty57 Penalty goes to Ireland for a second early drive from the Wallabies. Madigan takes aim for three points.

56 A barrage of resit scrums here as neither pack is able to remain on their feet

54 Genia thought he'd managed to catch his opposite number Reddan in possession there, but he's adjudged to be offside and here go Ireland! Quick penalty, Marshall bursting away, but it all ends in despair as O'Connell knocks on a few yards from the Wallaby 22. Better from Ireland, but imprecision costing them.

52 Forgettable period of kicking ends as Madigan claims Cummins' hoist. Ireland in possession just inside their own 10m line. They're going nowhere, though, and Madigan has to punt ball away.

51 Ireland retain possession but O'Driscoll is castled by the outstanding Toomua as he goes for the grubber. Australia win the lineout and Ashley-Cooper blasts his way up over halfway.

Penalty49 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 12-25 Ireland staring at a 13 point deficit now.

48 Another chance for the Wallabies to extend their lead. Kearney spills the high kick, and Ireland are penalised at the resultant breakdown. Big mistake, big chance for Cooper. 35 out, right of centre.

47 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 12-22 Ten points the difference here, now. Ireland in trouble again.

TRY46 TRY, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 12-20 Straight from the scrum, Cooper waltzes through untouched! Madigan and Marshall left the gap and the pivot was only too happy to take it. Big defensive error, and it's cost them seven points. Conversion to come from under the posts.

44 And the scrum goes round 90 degrees and the Wallabies have the put-in. What a chance for the visitors...

43 Knocked on by Cummins, and Ireland will have the scrum in their own 5m line. Big let-off for the hosts as they defend too tight again.

43 Now, we're going to the TMO here as Nick Cummins bundles himself over in the corner...

42 Folau yet again making serious yardage off an up-and-under, but Australia lose possession with O'Brien intercepting the pass. But great work at the breakdown from the Wallabies as they pinch it back again and attack in the Irish 22.

40 We're underway with new man Madigan kicking off.


40 Brilliant breakaway from Ireland, but they concede the penalty at the breakdown - Healy holding on. Genia knocks it out, and the half-time whistle blows. Ireland's defence and Australia's indiscipline the problems in Dublin, but the scores remain just three points apart.

Penalty39 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 12-15 Another three points for Ireland's pivot. Last minute of the half.

38 Ireland coming forward again in midfield, big carries from O'Brien and Healy taking them towards the Aussie 22. Two minutes remain in the half, and they win the penalty again as Fardy uses his hands in the ruck. Sexton can cut the gap to three points with this one.

36 Folau - is there a better high-ball receiver in world rugby? I don't think so. A veritable giant among toddlers as he rises to claim another. Australia can now attack the Irish 22, but they're penalised for holding on. Cian Healy wins the call from Pollock. Ireland improving, but loose kicking is doing them no favours.

Penalty36 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 9-15 Over she goes, six point game now in Dublin.

33 McFadden bursts through off the clearance kick and Ireland are back in the Wallabies' 22. It's another penalty here for the hosts, and this time, it's a yellow card for Michael Hooper. Could be a big turning point. Persistent infringements from the Aussies trying the patience of Chris Pollock.

Penalty30 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 6-15 Sexton knocks it over, and O'Driscoll is back on for Henshaw after being patched up

30 Penalty to Ireland as Australia stray offside after repelling repeated advances from the Irish forwards. Sexton is instructed to take the points by O'Connell. Straight in front, point blank range

28 But, Australia drive early, and Ireland win the free-kick. They've gone for the scrum...

27 And they've got one. Big carries from O'Connell and McFadden take Ireland into the Aussie 22. But, the ball is spilled five metres from the line. Play pauses here as treatment is meted out to Sekope Kepu who took a nasty blow to the head.

26 Cooper fails to add the extras, but there's a stunned silence in Dublin just now. Ireland's defence sucked in and exploited for the second time. They need a response.

TRY25 TRY, AUSTRALIA, HOOPER! 3-15 Cooper with a lovely dink into the corner, fielded by Bowe. Australia with open field to attack here. Lovely hands from Moore and Cooper, Scott Fardy breaks the line, and it's a simple offload to Michael Hooper for try number two. They're making it look easy, here!

23 Brian O'Driscoll is removed temporarily to patch up a bloodied knee, and Robbie Henshaw comes on. Big moment for the Connacht back.

Penalty21 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 6-10 Sexton reduces the gap to four. Entertaining stuff so far.

20 Here come Ireland, now, Bowe and Toner combine to break into the Aussie 22. They have a penalty as Reddan is taken out at the breakdown. Sexton goes for three.

Conversion19 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 3-10 No problem for Cooper this time.

TRY18 TRY, AUSTRALIA, CUMMINS! 3-8 Australia attacking in Irish territory after 22 drop out, and Stephen Moore bursts through the line. He offloads brilliantly to Cummins who cuts inside the Irish cover defence to bag the game's first try. Great stuff from the Wallabies, but it's poor defence from Ireland who fail to number up properly.

16 It's wide from Cooper, dragged to the left. Poor miss, and it could yet prove costly.

16 Penalty Australia off that scrum though, and their forwards are pumped! Mike Ross the guilty party, and Cooper has a shot to retake the lead.

14 Folau is king of the Dublin skies once again, rising above everyone on both sides to claim the high ball. But, there is that famous Irish choke tackle, Rob Simmons held up in the tackle, the green jerseys pile in, and the hosts win the scrum.

Penalty12 PENALTY, SEXTON, IRELAND! 3-3 Sexton levels things up, as expected, with a simple three-pointer.

11 The maul marches on over the 22m line, they go 15m before Kearney is cut down by Folau. And they win the penalty as Australia fail to roll away from the tackle. Big statement from the Irish pack there. Sexton going for three points, straight in front.

10 A good start from the Aussies, but a good response too from Ireland. Pressure on the Wallabies' 22 and they have the lineout 30m out.

Penalty8 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! No problem for the mercurial fly-half. Wallabies lead 3-0 in Dublin.

8 But, O'Brien spills the ball, and it's picked up from an offside position. Chance for Cooper to land the game's first points. Straight in front, 40 metres out.

7 The Wallabies in at the side of the maul off that lineout, and Sexton can relieve the pressure.

6 Another steal from the Wallabies at the lineout. Great attacking field position before Folau's offload bobbles into touch. Ireland need to shore up the set-piece.

5 Lovely chip from Sexton finds the onrushing Marshall but Australia turn him over. Cooper kicks for the corner and the waiting Ashley-Cooper...Dublin is silenced there as the fly-half's vision finds the winger racing up the touchline, but the ball just beats him over the whitewash.

3 Scrappy lineout, pinched by Moore. A bit of back and forth up and unders result in a knock-on from Will Genia. The hulking Folau already exerting himself in the air and reminding Ireland that kicking loosely will be punished.

2 And Ireland win an early penalty in their own half as Australia stray offside. Sexton misses touch, though, and the Wallabies come forward with Folau. Again, though, Australia in from the side at the ruck, and this time Sexton finds the touchline just outside the visitors' 22.

0 We're underway here in the Aviva as Matt Toomua kicks off.

0 The teams are out here in Dublin, cracking atmosphere with the Lansdowne pyrotechnics and music blasting out. Michael D Higgins is making his way up the Australian line, and we're ready for the anthems

0 Sekope Kepu returns for Australia at tighthead, coming in for Ben Alexander. Scott Fardy is at six.

0 Jonathan Sexton and Eoin Reddan line up at half-back for Ireland while Paul O'Connell and Sean O'Brien also start in what are major boosts to the XV. Cian Healy returns at loosehead ahead of Jack McGrath.

0 Hello and welcome from the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for a mouth-watering prospect, it's Ireland versus Australia. It should be a great international with both sides entering this on the back of big wins.

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