LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Internationals

Thumb_ireland-ed Ireland

15

Thumb_australia-ed Australia

32
Kick-off local time : Sat, 16 November 2013 - 17h45
Kick-off : Sat, 16 November 2013 - 19h45
Venue : Dublin
Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Ireland Australia
Tries Michael Hooper (24min) and Michael Hooper (68min)
Penalties Jonathan Sexton (12min), Jonathan Sexton (30min), Jonathan Sexton (34min), Jonathan Sexton (39min), and Ian Madigan (57min)
Conversions
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Michael Hooper (33min)
Red cards Tevita Kuridrani (73min)
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

Ireland are penalised at the scrum and Australia kick it out to secure their victory and FULL TIME! A frustrating evening ends for Ireland and they will feel it was one of those days when not a lot when right for them. Australia though, will be ecstatic with a great win to relieve some pressure after a trying season. They were clinical and assured and earn a well deserved victory, backing up last week's triumph over Italy. That's all from us for our LIVE coverage for this evening but be sure to join us tomorrow for Scotland against South Africa at Murrayfield!

79

Ireland think they have a try as Brian O'Driscoll plays a delightful inside ball to send the charging Sean Cronin over the line - but referee Chris Pollock wants to check a possible handling error and sure enough the TMO confirms there was a knock in the buildup.

78

The home side try to force an opening as they work the ball from side to side but their threat tapers out as a Ian Madigan pass doesn't go to hand

75

Ireland force a 5m scrum as they look to hit back quickly with just over 5 minutes remaining but they are penalised for illegal scrummaging from the front row and Australia earn some respite

73

The Australian front row is penalised at the scrum and Ireland take the penalty quickly as they try to force the pace, but they are stopped by what looks like a spear tackle from Tevita Kuridrani. The TMO agrees and the outside centre gets a RED CARD

72

The home side try to run the ball from their own half as time runs out but a knock on puts a halt to their efforts.

70

Ireland's troubles continue as Ian Madigan's restart doesn't go 10m

69

CONVERSION - Quade Cooper lands the sideline conversion

68

TRY - Australia win a lineout just 5m out and form a rolling maul, which keeps gaining momentum until it crashes over the line. Michael Hooper was at the back and has his second try

65

Australia are looking dangerous again as Quade Cooper pulls off a fancy chip kick in behind the defence and only an Irish knock on saves the home side as Wallabies were pouring through on the chase

63

They're made to regret their decision straightaway as their driving maul collapses and Australia earn a scrum. The matter is compounded when Mike Ross goes to ground at the scrum and the visitors are awarded a penalty

60

Ireland break out of their own half after a strong run from Ian Madigan, before they win a penalty. They turn down the three points and opt to kick for the corner as we enter the final twenty minutes

57

PENALTY - Ian Madigan converts the penalty from 35m out

56

Australia are penalised for going to ground at the scrum, Ian Madigan will have a shot at goal

55

Ireland take a quick lineout from their penalty kick that found touch but it only leads to a knock on. Some frustration is starting to build for the hosts

53

Ireland try to build out from their own half with little success, until Will Genia goes offside at a ruck and helps them gain ground

50

PENALTY - Quade Cooper adds another three points

49

Straight from the kickoff Ireland are penalised for a not releasing the ball. Quade Cooper will have another shot from 35m out

48

CONVERSION - No problems with the simple conversion

47

TRY - And the pressure tells! Quade Cooper dances between Ian Madigan and Luke Marshall from the set scrum and dots down under the poles, he makes it look so easy.

46

Australia force a turnover at scrumtime and get the scrum feed for themselves as the pressure builds on Ireland.

44

No try - The TMO has adjudged a knock on. 5m scrum to the hosts. Michael Hooper returns after his yellow card

43

Ian Madigan puts up a high up-and-under but Israel Folau takes very well and it allows Australia to launch a raid into the 22m area. They finally go wide and Quade Cooper spreads a great pass out to Nick Cummins who goes over in the corner. The TMO will decide if a try has been scored

41

Jonny Sexton has been replaced by Ian Madigan who gets us underway once more!

40

The home side launch another attack but a handling error brings HALF TIME. Jonny Sexton looks like he has a hamstring problem and seems doubtful for the second half. After a strong start from the Australia which saw them build a 15-3 lead, Ireland have come back into the match strongly, setting up an intriguing last forty minutes. Join us in 10 mins for the second half!

39

PENALTY - Jonny Sexton has found his range nicely now and sends the balls flying between the uprights

38

Ireland are enjoying a lot of ball now as they batter away at Australia inside the visitors half. They win another breakdown penalty now, this time for Scott Fardy playing the ball on the ground. Jonny Sexton will have another shot at goal, this one from just over 25m out

34

PENALTY - Jonny Sexton cuts the gap to six

33

Ireland have come alive now as a great break from Fergus McFadden ignites their charge. Michael Hooper puts a stop to it though, illegally so says referee Chris Pollock and they have a penalty. YELLOW CARD - Hooper is sent to the sin bin for his efforts and his team's repeated infringements.

30

PENALTY - Jonny Sexton knocks over the penalty as Brian O'Driscoll returns to the field

29

Ireland keep the ball through multiple phases on Australia's line until they force a penalty. It's in front of the poles though and captain Paul O'Connell points to the posts

28

Australia concede a free-kick at the scrum, and the hosts ask them to pack down again for another scrum.

27

Ireland come fighting back yet again and build good momentum in the Australian 22 until a big hit from Matt Toomua forces a knock on 5m out

24

TRY - Australia are finding holes in the Irish defence with ease! The visitors work the ball through the hands to the left hand side of the field before Scott Fardy makes a good break and fires a reverse pass to the onrushing Michael Hooper. Quade Cooper misses the conversion

23

Brian O'Driscoll makes his way to the blood bin and is replaced by Rob Henshaw.

21

Jonny Sexton misses the penalty from the right hand side 15m line. Big opportunity missed

20

Ireland come storming back after a good break from Tommy Bowe and win a penalty for a deliberate Scott Fardy knock down

19

CONVERSION - Quade Cooper is successful this time

18

TRY! Magnificent break from Quade Cooper who weaves his magic to put Stephen Moore in the clear who then has an easy pass to find Nick Cummins who canters in to score

16

Quade Cooper misses the chance from just over 30m out. Let off from the home team

15

The scrum goes straight down and Mike Ross is penalised. Very kickable penalty for Quade Cooper

14

Australia launch at attack now but Ireland's defence holds firm in their own 22 metre area. Jamie Heaslip does good work to hold it up and it's a scrum to Ireland

12

PENALTY - it's an easy chance from in front and Jonny Sexton levels the scores

11

Ireland setup another driving maul from a line-out and take it up 20m before sending it wide. Australia are penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown though, which gives Jonny Sexton a shot at goal. Stephen Moore was the culprit

9

PENALTY - Quade Cooper is successful and the visitors take the lead

8

Now a penalty for Australia as Ireland infringe at the breakdown. Quade Cooper will kick for goal from 30m out, in front of the posts

7

Ireland set-up a maul from the line-out but their progress is halted by an Australian entering from the wrong side. The early stream of penalties continues for Ireland

6

Quade Cooper finds acres of space with a kick in behind the Irish defence but the ball just rolls out 5m from the line, evading the chasing Adam Ashley-Cooper. Close call

4

Israel Folau makes a great catch off a high up-and-under but feeds to Genia who knocks on. First scrum of the game - which leads to a free-kick for Ireland

2

Michael Hooper enters the ruck from the side now and Ireland get another penalty

1

Ireland get an early penalty as James Slipper makes a high tackle, but Jonny Sexton doesn't find touch!

0

All is set and ready and Matt Toomua gets us underway!

-2

Both Ireland's national anthem as well as their rugby anthem have been sung heartily by the big crowd packed into the stadium. There's a cracking atmosphere now!

-8

But before the national anthems, the players are meeting some dignitaries

-10

The players have made their way out onto the field. Time for the national anthems

-15

It's a clear evening in Dublin at the moment, and the atmosphere is building nicely at the stadium for this huge Test match

-20

Both countries come into this game off the back of strong wins last week. Ireland defeated Samoa 40-9, while Australia hammered Italy 50-20

-25

The last time Ireland hosted Australia in a Test match it ended in a 20-20 draw at Croke Park

-27

These two teams have not met since the pool stage clash in the 2011 Rugby World Cup which Ireland won 15-6 at Eden Park in Auckland.

-30

Welcome to the Aviva Stadium, in Dublin, for this big North/South clash between Ireland and Australia!
Ireland
Players
15 Rob Kearney
14 Andrew Trimble
13 Fergus McFadden
12 Darren Cave
11 Simon Zebo
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Eoin Reddan
8 Jamie Heaslip
7 Chris Henry
6 Rhys Ruddock
5 Paul O'Connell
4 Devin Toner
3 Mike Ross
2 Rory Best
1 Dave Kilcoyne

Substitutes
23 Noel Reid
22 Ian Madigan
21 Conor Murray
20 Jordi Murphy
19 Iain Henderson
18 Jack McGrath
17 Sean Cronin
16 Rob Herring
Australia
Players
15 Israel Folau
14 Pat McCabe
13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
12 Matt Toomua
11 Rob Horne
10 Kurtley Beale
9 Nic White
8 Wycliff Palu
7 Michael Hooper
6 Scott Fardy
5 Rob Simmons
4 Sam Carter
3 Sekope Kepu
2 Nathan Charles
1 James Slipper

Substitutes
23 Tevita Kuridrani
22 Bernard Foley
21 Nick Phipps
20 Scott Higginbotham
19 Will Skelton
18 Ben Alexander
17 Pek Cowan
16 James Hanson