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Ireland

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South Africa

Internationals | Dublin
17:30 (GMT) | 11-11-2017
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Carbery secures the extras 2 points. FULL TIME
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Stockdale gets it at the edge of the pitch and skips over the line to score the final TRY
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They take the scrum and rush to their 10. Ireland with the cross kick and it's picked up inside the 22. They move it around inside the danger zone
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The reset kick is controlled by the hosts. The ball lost forward in contact and the Boks have a scrum at the 22 of the hosts
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Carbery secures the extras
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Scrum reset. The Irish push forward with a powerful scrum and Herring is the an to bag the 5 points. TRY
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Scrum to the away team at the Boks' 22
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The Irish manage to clear after the reset kick
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Sexton adds the extras
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Ireland with some good team play moving the ball to Conway. They shove themselves over the line and put it down for 5 points. TRY
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Scrum reset. Ireland wins a penalty and Sexton kicks into touch
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Scrum to the hosts inside their 10
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Line-out taken and the Boks turnover then clear. Ireland win it back at their 10 and maintain their line
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Sexton kicks it into touch at the 22 of the visitors
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They move the ball to the opposite wing looking for space but give away a penalty
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The ball kicked into touch by the hosts and the Boks have a throw at the home team 10
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The hosts turnover and kick into touch. Line-out at the mid field and the ball moving between the two sides
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The Boks win a penalty around the half way and kick into touch outside the 22
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The Boks struggling to make it out of their half. The ball knocked forward and the hosts have a scrum at their 10
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The Boks win a turnover and Pollard kicks it into touch
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The hosts break forward along the wing and the ball is lost in touch by the hosts
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Sexton takes his kick and puts it between the sticks
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Line-out outside the 22 of the Boks. The Boks hold the Irish off for a bit but give away a penalty
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Penalty to the Irish after the scrum and the ball is kicked into touch
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Scrum to the Boks at the 10 of the hosts
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The hosts look to send it out wide then back to the center of the pitch. The referee halts play for penalty to the Boks
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Line-out taken by the visitors and they maneuver it inside the 10 of the hosts but then gift possession
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The Boks edge to the 22 but loose out and Ireland stabilize their defence. Sexton gets it and clears
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The ball lost in touch by the Boks and the hosts have a throw. Du Toit wins the ball from the line-out and the visitors move it inside the 10
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The ball lost forward by the Irish at the 10 of the visitors Scrum to the away team
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Scrum to the visitors inside their 22
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Line-out taken at the 22 of the visitors and the Boks win a penalty after the maul. Du Toit putting in the work
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Penalty to the hosts after the reset and Sexton kicks it into touch
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Jantjies takes his kick and puts the Boks on the board
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The Boks have it at the 22 of the hosts now, holding the ball more readily in the second half. They win a penalty at the 22 and Jantjies lines it up for a kick at goal
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The referee sounds his whistle and Sexton gets the second half underway

Half Time

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The hosts have it inside the 22. They give away a penalty and the Boks kick into touch. The Irish turnover in the throw and look to add some more before the half time whistle. The ball roles into touch after contact and the referee says HALF TIME
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Sexton boots it into the air and Ireland claim the ball inside the 22
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Jantjies kicks forward looking for a runner but it's picked up by Henshaw and cleared then chased by Henshaw himself. Coetzee picks it up and is tackled into touch for an Irish throw outside the 22
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Boks around the mid field
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Throw taken and the Irish look to make some ground with vertical hoists of the ball
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The Boks give away a penalty and Sexton clears after the scrum
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The Irish loose it forward and the Boks capitalize by rushing the it to the 22. They move the ball along the danger zone but it's tackled into touch. The referee says scrum or line-out. The Boks opt for a scrum outside the 5
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Sexton puts it into touch at his 10 and they send it to the other side where Conway is waiting
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Kolisi gets it and tries to force a way through but Stander holding him back and winning the penalty
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Line-out taken and they look for the maul but the Irish hold. The Boks inside the 22 now with their first actual attacking move for the half
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They look to make ground with the maul but after making some ground. The Boks win a penalty and kicks into touch at the 5
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Line-out to the Boks inside the 10 of the hosts
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The ball kicked back and forth again by both teams looking for territory
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The ball lost forward after the reset and the hosts have a scrum at the half way
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Sexton's kick glances the upright.
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The ball kicked into the air and Skosan lets it bounce. Conway materializes with the ball in free space and sprints along the wing to score the first TRY
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They slip through along the wing but lose out and Jantjies kicks it into touch. Line-out to the hosts
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Ireland have it at their 10 and trying to out muscle the Boks but being held in their half
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The ball being booted back and forth by the fullbacks
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The reset kick sent back and the away team looks to build from the half way squander possession
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He puts his foot through it and makes it 3 from 3
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Sexton sets up for another kick at goal, from the 22 of the Boks this time
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Ireland rush the ball forward to the 22 of the visitors and win another penalty. The Boks' discipline letting them down in the first 20 minutes
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Scrum at the half way for the home team
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The Boks have it at the half way after the reset kick from Ireland. The hosts holding a high line
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Sexton takes his shot at goal and doubles the lead
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Penalty to the hosts in the scrum again and they take it quickly. Another penalty to the hosts in a good position
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Penalty against South Africa in the scrum. Sexton boots it into touch at the visitors' 10. The ball moved to the opposite end of the field but the ball knocked forward in the contest by the Boks and Ireland have another half way line scrum
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Best decides on a scrum for his team at the half way
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The ball is tackled into touch and the referee says scrum or line-out are the options for the hosts
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The Boks have it after their scrum and powering forward with the front liners
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The referee sounds his whistle for a penalty to the home team. Scrum at the half way
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The Boks have a line-out at the half way and make it to the 10 of the hosts but loose out. Ireland look to exit their half
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The Boks have it at the 10 and De Allende kicks forward looking for a runner but out of range. Ireland play it safe and clear
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Ireland have it after the reset. They move it to their 10 and clear. The ball being kicked back and forth now
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He takes his kick from the Boks' 10 and opens the scoring with 3 points
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The hosts win the scrum after what looked like a fair contest. Sexton lines it up for a kick at goal
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The Boks win a penalty around the mid field. Scrum to the visitors
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The national anthems being sung by the respective sides now
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The players leaving the locker rooms now
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The interesting contest there may well be between seasoned veteran, Rory Best, 35 years of age and capped 104 times, and rookie Marx, the cunning of the veteran versus the strength and exuberance of the youth
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New Zealander Bundee Aki is earning his first Irish cap, the 27-year-old former Chiefs player who joined Connacht in Ireland in 2014.
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In that pack is Malcolm Marx, the hooker with the fewest caps in the pack (10) and the youngest at 23. But he may just be the most eye-catching as he certainly was against New Zealand at Newlands recently.
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Welcome to Cardiff, where Ireland host South Africa in this international ficture
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Ireland
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South Africa
START LINE UP
  • 1 Cian Healy
  • 2 Rory Best
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 Iain Henderson
  • 5 Devin Toner
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 7 Sean O'Brien
  • 8 Christiaan Stander
  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 10 Johnny Sexton
  • 11 Jacob Stockdale
  • 12 Bundee Aki
  • 13 Robbie Henshaw
  • 14 Andrew Conway
  • 15 Rob Kearney
RESERVES
  • 16 Rob Herring
  • 17 Dave Kilcoyne
  • 18 John Ryan
  • 19 James Ryan
  • 20 Rhys Ruddock
  • 21 Kieran Marmion
  • 22 Joey Carbery
  • 23 Darren Sweetnam
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 8 Francois Louw
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 17 Steven Kitshoff
  • 18 Wilco Louw
  • 19 Franco Mostert
  • 20 Uzair Cassiem
  • 21 Rudi Paige
  • 22 Handre Pollard
  • 23 Francois Venter
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Preview: Ireland v South Africa

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:13

NOVEMBER INTERNATIONAL SEASON: Four days after this match, 39 votes will decide where the 2023 World Cup will take place.

South Africa won World Rugby's stamp of approval, much to Irish resentment.

It is devoutly to be hoped that no Irish acrimony will spill over into this match.

After all, not one of the 46 players has a say in the choice of 2023 venue.

Surely the Irish would not use resentment as team motivation. Surely not.

There is enough in the rugby between the two sides to make for an intense contest.

History this century tells you that. Before 2004 Ireland had beaten South Africa once and that was in 1965.

But this century, the teams have met 11 times and South Africa leads six-yo-five.

There is nothing in it, and just last year Ireland won in South Africa for the first time. This time the Irish are at home in Dublin's fair city on the longest used Test ground in the world.

That was not the only Irish victory of historic significance last year.

Six days over a year ago, Ireland beat New Zealand for the first time ever, destroying the aura of All Black invincibility. And that was on neutral ground - in Chicago and the winning score was 40-29, not skin-of-the-teeth stuff.

Can Ireland win this one? Certainly they can.

Can South Africa win this one? Certainly they can.

It should make for a great contest - two teams that will not easily yield.

For the Springboks 2017 has been a year of rehabilitation after last year's eight defeats.

They will want to continue their better performances this year.

Better? Yes, but not uniformly so as they suffered their worst defeat ever when New Zealand beat them 57-0.

But then Ireland's worst loss to the All Blacks is 0-60 in 2012.

Players to Watch

In fact all 46 will be worth watching in this match but we will pick out a few.

For Ireland: Conor Murray, the Irish scrumhalf, who may just be the best and most effective scrumhalf in the world. Box kicks are usually horrible, but not when he does it and Irish boots pound after the ball. He is the one scrumhalf outside of Australasia who can compete with Aaron Smith, Thomas Perenara and Will Genia. Clever Jonny Sexton, Ireland's flyhalf, can do it all - catching, passing, kicking for touch, for attack and for posts, and even tackling with security. New Zealander Bundee Aki is earning his first Irish cap, the 27-year-old former Chiefs player who joined Connacht in Ireland in 2014. You would want to see how he fares. In the pack, one would be interested in energetic Peter O'Mahony and powerful tighthead Tadhg Furlong. The name Tadhg in Gaelic means a poet, which may not be appropriate for a rugged prop.

For South Africa: Most of the well-known players are in the pack - where there are over three times as many caps as the backs have (338 to 101). But in that pack is Malcolm Marx, the hooker with the fewest caps in the pack (10) and the youngest at 23. But he may just be the most eye-catching as he certainly was against New Zealand at Newlands recently. Tighthead Coenraad Oosthuizen has more skills than most props. He is also a man with proven guts. In Perth against Australia he left the field with a broken bone in his arm but when Trevor Nyakane left the field injured, Oosthuizen went back on, broken arm and all. Probably the most versatile of the backs is five-times capped Dillyn Leyds. He is fast and has vision. But what chances will he get?

Head to Head: Both sides have stressed the importance of first-phase possession - scrums and line-outs. Interestingly it would seem that the tighthead props in each front row may have the easier jobs - Furlong against Tendai Mtawarira and Oosthuizen against Cian Healy. But the interesting contest there may well be between seasoned veteran, Rory Best, 35 years of age and capped 104 times, and rookie Marx, the cunning of the veteran versus the strength and exuberance of the youth. The best front row in South Africa at the moment is at Western Province. Their three are on the bench for this match and could play a big part later in the match. The Irish line-outs are, it seems, impeccable. It's Best throwing perfectly to tall (2,1 metres) Devin Toner, Iain Henderson and O'Mahony. Against them will be the improved, but still faulty at times, throwing of Marx to strong Eben Etzebeth, Lodewyk de Jager and Peter-Steph du Toit. Du Toit could just be a trump card. Then there are the two sets of rugged loose forwards - bashing Christiaan Stander, strong Sean O'Brien and relentless O'Mahony against experienced Francois Louw, eager Siyamthanda Kolisi and forceful Du Toit. That is a vital battle at the breakdown. Back three versus Back three. Apart from Rob Kearney who has played in 79 Tests, the other five are relative rookies - Jacob Stockdale with two tests and Andrew Conway with three on the Irish side while for South Africa's Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan and Leyds have a total of just 23 caps - nine, nine and five. But both sides are eager to attack and counterattack. Kicker: Jonny Sexton versus Elton Jantjies? Sexton has an edge, though if Jantjies brings his best form he will be one to reckon with.

Results this century:
 2016: South Africa won 19-13, Port Elizabeth
2016: South Africa won 32-26, Johannesburg
2016: Ireland won 26-20, Cape Town
2014: Ireland won 29-15, Dublin
2012: South Africa won 16-12, Dublin
2010: South Africa won 23-21, Dublin
2009: Ireland won 15-10, Dublin
2006: Ireland won 32-15, Dublin
2004: Ireland won 17-12, Dublin
2004: South Africa won 26-17, Cape Town
2004: South Africa won 31-17, Bloemfontein

Prediction: It could be a tense fight to the finish, desperately close with only two or three points separating the contestants. And it just may be that Ireland is the ones to have their arm lifted as the winner, come the final whistle.

Teams

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 James Ryan, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Darren Sweetnam.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda  Kolisi, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Francois Venter.

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 17.30 (19.30 South African time; 17.30 GMT)
Expected weather: Overcast with a  high of 9°C and a low of 4°C. No rain is forecast, which is a surprise.
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)

By Paul Dobson
@rugby365com

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Boks take a huge tumble...again

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:07

MATCH REPORT: Ireland recorded their biggest win over South Africa on Saturday with a 38-3 hammering at Lansdowne Road.

In our preview we got this game wrong - not in our choice of who the winner would be, but in our prediction of an intense, close encounter. It was not close at all.

In fact for the second time this year, the Springboks, supposedly improving, conceded a record score. In September New Zealand beat the Springboks 57-0, a record. This Saturday, two months later, Ireland beat the Springboks 38-3, a record. Previously Ireland highest score and biggest win was 32-15 in 2006. In 2006 Ireland scored four tries to two; this time it was four tries to a convincing nil.

It's fine to aim for process ahead of victory if process means progress. If their performance against Ireland was an example of  process, it is one without progress. It is regression.

It is the fifth Springboks match without a victory after being beaten twice by New Zealand and drawing twice with Australia. But this one is in a league of its own.

All praise to Ireland. They knew what they were doing and they did it expertly, even if it was predictable. It was predictable that they would attack Courtnall Skosan and they did so with profit either with kicks by Conor Murray or accepting the gift of an overlap on that wing.

The scrums were expected to be a massive contest. They were not, because the Springboks were penalised four times at scrums and freekicked once. Late in the match the Irish destroyed a South African scrum, kicked out the resulting penalty, mauled and scored a try. The Springbok pack was beaten.

The Springbok backs achieved nothing. Ireland backs were involved; Dyllin Leyds managed some involvement, Skosan none. In fact, even though the Springboks had more possession and advantageous territory than the Irish, even their attacking seemed defensive.

If this is an augury for the rest of the tour, the Springbok will end up gutted.

One man made a huge difference between the two teams - Conor Murray, emphasising yet again the importance of the scrumhalf role. The Springboks knew he was going to boxkick. Their knowledge counted for nothing as they had no way of coping with it. Murray passed without taking steps to deprive his backs' of space and his decision-making was faultless. The score would have been different if he had played for the Springboks.

There had been rain in Dublin before the match and it was cold. The players' breath told you that.  In the cold the players stood for introductions to the president and the singing of three anthems. Elton Jantjies kicked off deep, and Ireland kicked out for a line-out on the half-way line.

From the line-out, Coenie Oosthuizen was tackled, injured and taken off on a mobile stretcher, apparently with an injured ankle. Wilco Louw took his place.

Of the first four scrums, two were penalised and one produced a free kick. Tendai Mtawarira, South Africa's most capped prop was penalised at the first scrum, and Jonny Sexton gave Ireland 3-0 lead after four minutes. 

South Africa's backs had a great opportunity to score as they went left and had a four-against-one situation but Damian de Allende kicked ahead and South Africa lost ground and a golden opportunity. They had just one other in the match.

From a scrum free kick, Ireland tapped and ran. Lood de Jager was penalised for not rolling out of a tackle and Sexton made it 6-0 after 14 minutes. Five minutes later Siya Kolisi kicked the ball out of a ruck and Sexton made it 9-0.

Then came - alleluia - a try. From a line-out, Ireland mauled and Murray kicked a box kick. Skosan missed it, Andrew Conway got the ball and ran some 24 metres to score in the right corner. 14-0 after 26 minutes.

At 28 minutes, Ireland were penalised for being offside, South Africa's first penalty in the match. The kick at goal was a simple one but the Springboks opted to kick for touch. Jantjies's kick was a weak one, producing a line some 15 metres from the Irish goal-line.

The Springboks had their second chance to scored a try as they went wide left and Skosan had an overlap but Kolisi's no-look pass went in to touch.

When the second half got under way, the Springboks looked lively and eager to run, but it gradually faded away, but not before they got their only points for the match.

CJ Stander tackled Mtawarira high and Jantjies goaled, 14-3 after 44-minutes.

That little gain was wiped out when somebody was penalised at a tackle and Sexton goaled again. 17-3 after 56 minutes.

At this stage the Springboks began making changes. On came Steven Kitshoff, Francois Venter and Handré Pollard. But the Irish looked set to score when Ross Cronje took four steps to his left before throwing a pass which tall Devin Toner knocked on in attempting an intercept.

In the last 10 minutes Ireland scored 21 points, from three tries.

From a line-out on their left after a scrum penalty, they went wide right where Conway had an overlap. The ball came back inside and Rhys Ruddock scored the try. 24-3 after 72 minutes.

Ireland destroyed a South African scrum. The Springboks were penalised and Ireland kicked out for a five-metre line-out. They mauled and Rob Herring, a Capetonian, scored the try. This time it was Joey Carbery who converted. 31-3 after 77 minutes.

Carbery got the last try rolling when he kicked a wide diagonal to the right. Darren Sweetman did well to latch onto the rolling ball near the touch line and from wide right Ireland went wide left and a try in the left corner by Jacob Stockdale, which Carbery converted from touch.

38-3 - a record.

Man of the Match: Conor Murray. Sexton was brilliant but Murray really commanded the game.

Moment of the Match: That scrum when Ireland destroyed the Springbok scrum, which clearly had capitulated and the capitulation then became more apparent when Ireland mauled and scored the try.

Villain of the Match: Nobody. This was an honourable rugby match, just not a sparkling one.

The scorers:

For Ireland:
Tries
: Conway, Ruddock, Herring, Stockdale
Cons: Sexton, Carbery 2
Pens: Sexton 4

For South Africa:  
Pen:
Jantjies

Teams

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 James Ryan, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Darren Sweetnam.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda  Kolisi, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Francois Venter.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)

Andrew Conway (24min), Rhys Ruddock (70min), Rob Herring (75min), and Jacob Stockdale (80min)
TRIES
Johnny Sexton (72min), Joey Carbery (77min), and Joey Carbery (81min)
CONVERSIONS
Johnny Sexton (3min), Johnny Sexton (14min), Johnny Sexton (19min), and Johnny Sexton (56min)
PENALTIES
Elton Jantjies (43min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Dublin
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)