Autumn internationals: Five classic clashes from the last 10 years
By Keith Moore
Last Updated: 08/11/17 2:37pm
Ahead of the 2017 autumn internationals, we look back at five classics that have played out over the last decade....
Ireland 22-24 New Zealand, Aviva Stadium (November 24, 2013)
Ireland were left waiting for their first win over New Zealand after losing 24-22 in heartbreaking fashion in Dublin. Ryan Crotty crossed for a try in the final move of the game, and Aaron Cruden slotted the conversion at the second time of asking to hand the All Blacks 14 wins out of 14 games for the year.
Tries from Conor Murray, Rory Best and Rob Kearney gave Ireland a 19-0 lead after just 20 minutes, but the Kiwis responded through a Julian Savea try before Johnny Sexton kicked a penalty to make it 22-7 to the hosts at half-time.
Cruden slotted a penalty in the second half to reduce the arrears by three, then Ben Franks crashed over for a converted score which brought the All Blacks to within five points of their hosts.
Ireland held out for 15 minutes in front of their frantic fans before New Zealand were awarded a penalty with 30 seconds left on the clock - and they took it quickly, sweeping up the field before Cruden threw a long pass to Dane Coles on the left wing who offloaded to Crotty in the tackle for the try that levelled the game.
Cruden missed the conversion, but the Irish players were out the blocks too quickly in trying to charge down the kick, and Cruden was handed another chance to win the game which he duly slotted for a relieving win.
Wales 25-29 South Africa, Principality Stadium (November 13, 2010)
South Africa arrived in Cardiff in November 2010 with history in their favour - at that point Wales had only managed one win over the Boks - but they were forced to fight back from an 11-point deficit to keep that record intact.
It was Wales who started the stronger of the two sides, with debutant George North crossing for a try in the sixth minute before the winger sparked a seven-pointer to James Hook at the end of the first quarter.
Morne Steyn kicked three penalties, but Wales were in a commanding position at half-time with a 17-9 lead.
The fly-halfs traded penalties after the break, then Willem Alberts and Victor Matfield went over for a pair of tries in the space of three minutes to give the Boks a 26-20 lead.
North went over for his second to bring Wales within a point, but the conversion was missed and Steyn slotted another penalty to give the Boks breathing room as they closed out the win.
Scotland 9-8 Australia, Murrayfield (November 21, 2009)
It certainly wasn't one for the try-scoring enthusiasts, but Scotland's victory over Australia in 2009 brought great joy to the Scots due to the drama of a late Wallaby try which went unconverted.
Australia took an early lead thanks to a Matt Giteau penalty, and it took Scotland until the 28th minute to respond, with Phil Godman slotting a penalty after Australia collapsed a promising maul - and Godman gave Scotland the lead for the first time in the game near the hour mark following another maul offence from the visitors.
Chris Paterson then put the hosts six points ahead with less than five minutes on the clock, but Australia forced Scotland to defend furiously in the closing stages, with Giteau providing a pass to Ryan Cross for a try that took Australia to within a point.
The Wallaby fly-half lined up the conversion, but pushed it left of the uprights as Murrayfield celebtrated their first win over Australia since 1982.
England 38-21 New Zealand, Twickenham (December 1, 2012)
England ended New Zealand's 20-game unbeaten run with a sensational 38-21 victory over the world champions at Twickenham.
Stuart Lancaster's men took a 12-0 lead into the break thanks to three Owen Farrell penalties and a drop goal, and the fly-half added another three points from the tee shortly after the break.
New Zealand then came roaring back with tries from Julian Savea and Kieran Read, both of which were converted by Dan Carter for a 15-14 advantage to the hosts.
England then sprung into life, with Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi all crossing inside a ten-minute period near the hour mark. The All Blacks were in disarray by that stage and England took advantage with two penalties from Freddie Burns to move out of sight.
New Zealand had the final say with a second Savea try in the 75th minute, but England were well and truly out of sight as they celebrated a famous Twickenham win over the All Blacks.
Ireland 29-14 South Africa, Aviva Stadium (November 8, 2014)
In 2014 the Boks had seen off Wales and Scotland in June before narrowly missing out on the Rugby Championship title, thanks to away losses against New Zealand (14-10) and Australia (24-23).
Heyneke Meyer's side accounted for both southern hemisphere rivals in the return leg of that year's competition, with South Africa landing in Dublin on the back of their win over the All Blacks.
It was therefore a tough assignment for Ireland, but Joe Schmidt's men were outstanding in defence at the Aviva Stadium, with Jack McGrath in particular doing great work to disrupt the potent Bok driving maul. As a result, the home side were able to strangle the life out of a Springbok team limited in ideas.
A 6-3 lead at half-time didn't give Ireland much, but they made up for it after the break, with Johnny Sexton converting Rhys Ruddock's try two minutes from the restart for a 13-3 advantage.
The Boks hit back with a try of their own through Marcell Coetzee, but Sexton's boot pushed the home side further away for a 19-10 lead before a magnificent Tommy Bowe try handed Ireland an insurmountable edge.
An Ian Madigan penalty and a JP Pietersen try followed, but Bowe's dot-down had sealed the fate of the tourists.