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Autumn international rugby as it happened

Results:

Wales 12-33 Australia

Ireland 15-10 South Africa

Scotland 6-9 Argentina

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By Mark Orlovac


1916: Right all, I reckon it's about time I wrapped this up. I need something cold and fizzy from the fridge. Not at work though, obviously. Thanks for all your contributions over the last four weeks. It's been emotional. Roll on the Six Nations.


Wales coach Warren Gatland: "The best team won. Australia were really up for it and they dominated most facets of the game. We seemed to be quite flat but it is a good lesson for the younger guys in the team."


BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Davies: "In the first half Australia were superb. You can't play international rugby giving those turnovers away. Both Australian sevens were fantastic. Wales had enough ball but one thing that has been glaring in the autumn series has been the lack of creativity."


From eirebilly on 606: "A fantastic performance by the Aussies, what is really scary is that this is a young team and will only get better."


Australia coach Robbie Deans: "We have not been far off a performance like that. It was a good effort and it was a good step for us. I am very proud of the players. We had a sense this was coming."


Australia fly-half Matt Giteau: "Against Scotland last week we were a little conservative and we did not chance our arm. This week we though that we may as well throw the ball around. We had nothing to lose and we played like that. It was a very important result."

FULL-TIME: Wales 12-33 Australia The Wallaby defence is superb and eventually they turn the ball over. Sums up the match. The ball is booted out and the final whistle goes. There are a smattering of boos from the crowd. Interesting.


80 mins: Wales are inches from the Aussie line. Second to go.

79 mins: Wales are hunting for a consolation and they get a scrum on the Aussie 22. Giteau named as man-of-the-match. The decision is greeted by applause from the Cardiff crowd. He deserved that.


BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Been some lovely stuff from the Wallabies. That Gen-Git combo's looking like half-back heaven."

75 mins: Wales sub Sam Warburton finds a gap around the fringes but he is brought down short of the line. Australia's defence are reading Wales' probes well and the hosts are driven back. The ball is eventually knocked on and Adam Ashley-Cooper launches a rocket downfield which forces James Hook to kick out near his own line. That's the textbook definition of 'turning defence into attack'.

75 mins: Wales sub Sam Warburton finds a gap around the fringes but he is brought down short of the line. Australia's defence are reading Wales' probes well and the hosts are driven back. The ball is eventually knocked on and Adam Ashley-Cooper launches a rocket downfield which forces James Hook to kick out near his own line. That's the textbook definition of 'turning defence into attack'.

72 mins: Martin Roberts comes on for a battered looking Dwayne Peel. Wales on the attack. One last hurrah.

From neonhomer on 606: "Oh dear Wales, don't think anyone predicted this much of a pasting."

68 mins: Wales threaten in the Aussie 22 but the ball is lost forward in the tackle. It's very quiet now in Cardiff.

From Wot Kuyt 'e did on 606: "It may be Oz, but it's still an embarrassing score for Wales. I hope for their sakes their minds aren't already turned to Sunday roasts!"

62 mins: Wales 12-33 Australia There's only going to be one winner when a fly-half is being marked by a replacement prop in the 12 channel. Giteau glides through an enormous gap, Duncan Jones is never going to catch him, the ball is played inside and Tatafu Polota-Nau crashes over. Giteau adds the extras. Game over.

62 mins: TRY Australia

61 mins: Wales number eight Andy Powell goes off for a blood bin after taking a knock.

58 mins: PENALTY Wales 12-26 Australia Australia destroy another Wales scrum. It's solid, strong and very, very impressive. Giteau converts the penalty. Simples.

55 mins: Wales go through 17 phases but on the 18th, Australia turn the ball over and can clear. Big, big moment.

53 mins: That's woken everyone up. Wales centre Jamie Roberts makes a clean break but for some reason he passes early wide when he should have gone for the line. Tom James could have got nearer Roberts as well to be fair. Wales still pressurising.

50 mins: Wales subs. Jonathan Thomas, Sam Warburton and Duncan Jones on, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate and Paul James off. Coach Warren Gatland is throwing everything at this. Australia infringe after a charge from Tom James but Stephen Jones misses the penalty.


49 mins: It's aerial table-tennis in Cardiff. From 22 to 22, and back again. Wales get a penalty near the halfway line because tackler Dean Mumm was not 10m away from the ball when in front of an Aussie kick. With Halfpenny off, James Hook steps up for the penalty but he er... hooks it badly and the ball goes wide.

45 mins: It's a bit flat at the Millennium Stadium at the moment. The Aussies will be hoping they don't collapse like they did in Cardiff earlier this week. What a seamless way to show you a video of some of the Australia team falling over. Wallabies suffer Cardiff collapse

41 mins: Stephen Jones starts the second half. Australia collect and Giteau kicks deep. Pocock is off and George Smith is on.


1810: Just had a quick walk downstairs at TV centre. Lots of the Strictly contestants walking around. Curlers, hairsprays and perfume the order of the day. Players back on, 40 minutes left.


BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Worst Welsh half under Warren G since Twick Feb 08. Wallabies ripping the Welsh dragon to pieces. Stunned silence under the Mill Stad lid."

1801: HALF-TIME Wales 12-23 Australia

40 mins: PENALTY Wales 12-23 AustraliaStephen Jones kicks a penalty and somehow Wales are alive in this match despite being dominated by the Aussies. Just 11 points in it.


37 mins: Ipswich boss Roy Keane is in the stands and no doubt he would be impressed by Pocock, who is having a dislocated thumb put back in by the physio without any rolling around on the floor. Ouch and double ouch. Man's game this.

35 mins: Wales are enjoying a bit of pressure now but they lose the ball at a crucial moment. Was there an early tackle? Wales concede another free-kick at the scrum and Giteau clears. By the way, Jonathan Davies has moved out to the wing.

32 mins: PENALTY Wales 9-23 Australia Pocock is again involved as Wales infringe at the breakdown, he's having an absolute stormer. He was born in 1988. I feel old. Giteau slots over the penalty.

30 mins: PENALTY Wales 9-20 AustraliaStephen Jones keeps his side in touch after Australia are pinged when the home side get in their half. Wales hooker Matthew Rees is stretchered off, that's their third sub already. Huw Bennett on.

28 mins: Oh dear. Leigh Halfpenny is also forced off and Andrew Bishop comes on. That's both Wales wingers off now. On the telly, Jonathan Davies is asking whether the switch is tactical. Australia miss out on a try when a grubber to the corner is a fraction too heavy.

24 mins: TRY Wales 6-20 Australia This is getting silly now. Australia pile forward again and poor defence allows Pocock to stretch over for the third try of the game. Giteau converts. Wales are going to get thumped if they carry on dropping off tackles.

22 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-13 The visitors make a mistake from the kick-off as an Australia player takes a bouncing ball in an offside position. Stephen Jones slots over the penalty.

19 mins: Wales 3-13 Australia Some teams don't like props and second rows in the line as the ball goes wide but Australia don't seem to mind. Both props are involved as Wallabies produce a well-worked try in the corner for James Horwill. Drew Mitchell's crucial pass at the end looks very forward, though. Giteau misses the conversion.

19 mins: TRY Australia

18 mins: PENALTY Wales 3-8 Australia Hmmm. That was close. Peter Hynes is harshly ruled offside as Giteau kicks to the wing. Leigh Halfpenny gets the penalty from near halfway.

15 mins: Australia really have found a scrum, haven't they? Wales prop Paul James steps back as he is about to take the hit and the Wallabies get a free-kick. Peel returns.

13 mins: Wales get some momentum as they go through the phases. However, flanker David Pocock tackles Leigh Halfpenny, gets back up on his feet and then fights for the ball to draw the penalty for holding on. Textbook back-row play that. Australia clear.

11 mins: Dwayne Peel runs off to get treatment for a bloody nose, Martin Roberts is on to replacement him.

8 mins: Wales 0-8 Australia Well that was coming. Another Peter Hynes break puts Australia on the attack again. Giteau takes a miss-pass but despite seeing the hit coming, he gets off a perfectly-judged grubber kick to the corner and Digby Ioane collects for the try. Brilliant. Giteau misses the conversion.

8 mins: TRY Australia

5 mins: This is encouraging, both sides look like they want to attack. Shane Williams dinks a kick over the top but Aussie scrum-half Will Genia collects outside his 22 and immediately turns defence into attack. Some nice passing gets the Wallabies into the Welsh half but the men in red end the attack. That was close. Shane Williams has an ankle injury and is forced off. Blues wing Tom James comes on.

2 mins: PENALTY Wales 0-3 Australia First scrum and it is Wales who struggle. Tight-head Paul James is penalised for boring in. Giteau takes the kick from halfway and the bad memories of last week against Scotland disappear as the ball sneaks over.

1 min: Matt Giteau starts the match for Australia but it is not a good start, the kick goes out on the full.


1713: Blimey, the Welsh anthem is superb. Right, tracksuits off, we are good to go. The roof is shut, no fog here.

Reester, Surrey via text on 81111: "Hope Wales v Australia is a cracker. Wife keeps telling me if not, we are switching over to watch Strictly. Fat chance! Come on Wales."

1710: Pods around the pitch fire flames into the air as Wales, led by prop Gethin Jenkins, come out of the tunnel. Anthem time.

1709: It has been a mixed autumn for Wales, a stuttering victory over Samoa followed a narrow defeat by New Zealand while last week they had the firepower to overcome Argentina. Victory today would set them up nicely for the Six Nations. Dwayne Peel starts at scrum-half while skipper Ryan Jones is ruled out with a back injury to give Dragons youngster Dan Lydiate his first start on the blind-side.

Australia coach Robbie Deans: "Last week was a result we did not enjoy. We could have, and should have, won it. The reasons for that were evident and it was a matter of finding the solutions and making sure we bring them to the game this week."

1702: Right then, team. Attention now turns to Cardiff and a big, big game for both Wales and Australia. The Wallabies may have beaten England but a draw with Ireland and defeat by Scotland has really piled the pressure on Kiwi coach Robbie Deans. Flanker David Pocock replaces George Smith on the open-side while lock Dean Mumm returns. Digby Ioane replaces centre Ryan Cross in midfield.

BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Davies: "You have to go forward to go wide and Scotland tried to do that because they didn't want to be drawn in to a battle up front. However, they forgot to go forward."

BBC Sport pundit Jeremy Guscott: "Today was all about the result for Ireland. The atmosphere was fantastic, the commitment was enormous and they got what they deserved."


1641: Me again, could you do a cheeky manual refresh to get the BBC2 coverage at the top. Nice.

1637: If you don't mind, I'm just going for a little walk for 10 minutes to clear my head ahead of the Wales v Australia match. Coverage about to start at BBC2. Tidy.

From thesmallerhalf on 606: "Despite recent success, Scotland remain second tier as they struggle to play for 80 minutes and capitalise on their opportunities. It was very heartening to see some running rugby with the backs in full cry but... there is a woeful lack of precision, poorly directed passes, players isolated, men too deep and too much lateral play."

Donal, Falkirk, via text on 81111: "Scotland are too slow. They can't do the basics properly. They only beat Australia last week with luck. Missed kicks and poor refereeing do not a famous victory make. The players are not good enough. There's a long way to go."

1633: Well, well. That was fun wasn't it? Now, do me a little favour will you, could you manually refresh this page to get rid of the Ireland v South Africa television stream at the top as it has now finished? Thanks kindly.

From hawick on 606: "Great achievement for Ireland! Well done, and how sweet to see the Grand Slam champions beat the world champions. Who says Northern Hemisphere rugby is the poor relation!"

1628: FULL-TIME Ireland 15-10 South Africa

1628: That's it. South Africa keep the ball in hand but O'Driscoll makes a thumping hit in midfield. Ireland get the penalty and Croke Park goes nuts. O'Driscoll looks completely shaken. The ball is booted out and Ireland claim a famous victory. What a match.

1626: South Africa go left. Ireland holding firm at the moment.



1625: South Africa attack again. De Villiers is given the freedom of Dublin as he runs half the pitch. The ball goes to the far side but we can't see what is happening because of the fog. I think Tendai Mtawarira was stopped just short of the line, not sure. South Africa still have the ball and are awarded a scrum deep in Ireland territory. It's the last play of the game.


1622: It's all South Africa. They are in the Ireland half but Jean de Villiers is bundled into touch by a fired-up posse of white shirts. Bodies are littered all over the pitch and they are now receiving treatment. Don't know if there enough team doctors to go round. Two minutes left.

1618: South Africa give away another penalty, couldn't see what it was, I had one eye on the end of the Scotland match. Sexton misses it though. The mist is really dense now. Four minutes to go.


1615: Argentina make sure they secure the ball and when it is played back, they boot it into touch and the final whistle goes. Scotland's inconsistency continues. One week beating Australia, losing to a brave but limited Argentina the next.

1615: FULL-TIME Scotland 6-9 Argentina

1614: Scotland are making one last effort to win the game. They are going sideways near halfway. It's injury time and Argentina now have the ball. Too late now, surely.

1612: Ireland force a turnover in midfield and wing Tommy Bowe makes a lightening break only to be felled by a high tackle from JP Pietersen. That's not good and a yellow card should have been issued, no-one saw it though.

1611: DROP-GOAL Scotland 6-9 ArgentinaMartin Rodriguez lands a drop-goal. Three minutes to go.

From Sligokid on 606: "Ireland need to start transferring their domination on to the scoreboard. The fog is really strong. Surprised the players can see anything."

1609: The Springboks have a great chance to reply immediately. Paul O'Connell comes in from the side at a ruck but Ruan Pienaar's penalty agonisingly comes off the upright.

1607: It's very, very tense in Edinburgh. Argentina miss a long-range drop-goal but Scotland have field position, is this the time?

1606: PENALTY Ireland 15-10 South Africa South Africa really are at sixes and sevens now. Victor Matfield is pinged for not releasing and with Croke Park deathly quiet, Sexton strokes the ball over.

1604: Munster's Jean de Villiers comes on for South Africa. Wynand Olivier is off.

1603: Ball near halfway in both matches. Apparently, Ireland have had 69% possession this half, they have to make it count.



1601: Another opportunity for Ireland. Springbok number eight Danie Rossouw is penalised for not releasing the ball but Sexton mis-hits the penalty and the ball sails wide.

1558: Ireland go on the short side to wing Keith Earls but South Africa's defence manage to get over and bundle him out of bounds near the corner. Ireland steal the line-out and can go again but a high Sexton kick to the corner is too deep and full-back Zane Kirchner can make a mark. In Murrayfield, Scotland are penalised at scrum time but Martin Rodriguez kicks wide. Chance.


1557: All Ireland now. The world champions are on the ropes near their own line. The noise at Croke Park is deafening.

From GK1982 on 606: "What has happened to Scotland? They were pushing for tries and have now taken the foot completely off the gas! Come on! Take it to Argentina!"

1550: Argentina get some reward for their pressure. Scotland are penalised for holding on in their own 22 and Martin Rodriguez slots over from right in front of the posts.


1549: PENALTY Scotland 6-6 Argentina

1549: PENALTY Ireland 12-10 South Africa The "Fields Of Athenry" starts to ring around Croke Park as touch judge Chris White alerts Owens to some foul play. Andries Bekker is the culprit. Replays show that he drops his knee on an Ireland player on the floor. Absolutely disgraceful. Should be a yellow at the very least. Sexton kicks the three points.

1547: For the first time in the match, Argentina are putting Scotland under sustained pressure. The dark blue wall is holding firm for now, though.

1546: PENALTY Ireland 9-10 South Africa Morne Steyn gets a ticking off for a high tackle on O'Driscoll. Referee Nigel Owens has really controlled this game well. As the mist starts to thicken, Sexton drills his penalty. Just a point in it now.

1542: The South African air is a little different to the one in Ireland, and Morne Steyn does not like it. Another penalty goes begging, that's three penalties and a drop-goal missed so far.

1540: PENALTY Scotland 6-3 Argentina There is a bit of a delay because of the treatment given to Rory Lamont. The Hines indiscretion from earlier leads to a penalty for Argentina, which Martin Rodriguez converts.

1539: Wonderful take under the high ball from Ireland full-back Rob Kearney, it's like the Lions all over again.

1536: Scotland lock Nathan Hines is sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Gonzalo Tiesi. Rory Lamont will not be coming back on, replays show that he landed awkwardly on his leg. It's not pretty. Chris Paterson replaces him. The second half starts in Dublin.

1533: More Argentina pressure but Thom Evans brings down Lucas Borges out wide. Chris Cusiter touches down as the ball is kicked through to the in-goal area. Scotland full-back Rory Lamont receives treatment. He looks like he is in a lot of pain.

1531: Great defence from Scotland to keep Argentina at bay. Sean Lamont puts in a good hit and the Pumas are penalised for holding on to the ball.

1529: Stodgy stuff from Argentina near halfway but they eventually make some ground on the right wing. They are in Scotland's 22.

1527: Back on again in Edinburgh.

1525: HALF-TIME Ireland 6-10 South Africa


1523: Steyn goes for goal again after a messy ruck near halfway. The result is the same.

1522: Morne Steyn's long-range penalty is just short. The ball seems to get stuck in the soup of mist that is hovering over Croke Park.

1520: From the resulting line-out, Brian O'Driscoll tries a drop-goal that is so mis-hit, it barely makes the try-line let alone over the bar. To be fair, he was under a lot of pressure.

1518: More line-out woe for South Africa. Ireland put pressure on the set-piece and the Springboks are penalised for going into a ruck off their feet. Sexton batters the ball deep into enemy territory.

"After these autumn Tests, I'm worried for the Six Nations as an England fan. Wales, Ireland and France backs are far superior than ours. Hopefully Flutey and the rest are back for the new year."
Cashie, Essex via text on 81111


1515: HALF-TIME Scotland 6-0 Argentina



1512: PENALTY Ireland 6-10 South Africa South Africa infringe as Ireland again venture into the Springbok half. Sexton nails his kick right through the middle of the uprights. He really is the real deal.

1509: PENALTY Scotland 6-0 ArgentinaGodman doubles Scotland's lead with a long-range penalty after the Pumas are penalised following a high up and under. We are not sure what for exactly. Sorry.

1508: The biggest cheer of the day goes up in Dublin as Cian Healy dumps Bryan Habana on his back after a clearance kick. This game is pretty spiky.

1507: Lots of positive, attacking intent from Scotland but with Argentina spoiling and the Scots not finding a cutting edge as yet, the score remains 3-0.

1505: DROP-GOAL Ireland 3-10 South Africa South Africa make ground and when Morne Steyn sits back in the pocket there is only one thing that is going to happen. And it does. Paddy Wallace is carried off with what looks like an ankle injury, Gordon D'Arcy on.

1502: It's all Ireland. The forwards try and carry David Wallace over the line but he does not release the ball and South Africa get the penalty. The visitors do not find touch and Ireland attack again. O'Leary tries a dink over the top but Morne Steyn takes a diving mark.

1459: Ireland are all over the South Africa line. The Springbok defence holds firm and after Donncha O'Callaghan's charge is halted, Ireland are awarded a five metre scrum.


1455: Ireland 3-7 South Africa South Africa do not go for goal when awarded a penalty in the Irish half and it pays off. The ball is spun wide quickly and Schalk Burger finds a gap to barge through for the opening try. His energetic celebration does not go down well, however, and he is roundly booed as he makes his way back to halfway. Morne Steyn adds the extras.


1455: TRY South Africa


1455: Godman misses another penalty for Scotland.


1452: Difficult times for South Africa. Smit takes an age to throw in to a line-out and when referee Owens blows up, the Welshman marches forward because of some backchat. It wasn't smoke in Dublin by the way, it's mist.


1451: Godman misses a penalty for Scotland after Argentina do not roll away from a tackle. The Scots attack from the restart with Sean Lamont making a charge through the middle. Scotland pile the pressure on the Argentina line but the visitors just hold out.

1448: PENALTY Ireland 3-0 South Africa South Africa are penalised for playing the ball off the floor at a ruck. Sexton lands the kick from just inside halfway. Nerveless stuff from the Leinster fly-half.

1446: Great work from Ireland at the set-piece as two Springbok line-outs in a row are stolen. Is it the loss of Botha in the second row or the rustiness of John Smit at hooker?

1444: PENALTY Scotland 3-0 Argentina The Pumas are penalised at a ruck and Phil Godman lands the simple penalty.

1443: There's a bit of early handbags at Croke Park following a heavy challenge on full-back Rob Kearney. Nigel Owens is clear with his telling off. "What went on there, ends there."

1441: Lively start in Dublin. Ireland try and attack from deep but they are turned over, Steyn attempts a drop-goal but it goes wide. Still scoreless in both games.


1440: Morne Steyn kicks off for the Springboks. Ireland, all in white, kick clear and a Springbok takes the ball into touch.



1439: It's pretty misty at Croke Park, I don't know if it's the smoke from pre-match fireworks or just the weather. We are ready to go.

1436: Scotland prop Allan Jacobsen pinged for a swinging arm at a ruck. Argentina centre Martin Rodriguez takes the long-range kick but it goes well wide. Ireland now have their anthem.

1435: South Africa anthem. It's a bit better than the one in France. Schalk Burger is sporting an extraordinary moustache by the way. Just thought I'd mention it.

1433: Scotland putting the ball through the hands and trying to give it a bit of width. Not making too much ground as yet though.

From richie4eva1 on 606: "The standard of rugby in these autumn internationals has been very good this year, and the south certainly haven't had things all their own way as in years gone by. Predicting wins for Ireland, Scotland and Wales but I think New Zealand may just be a bit too strong for France."

1430: Scotland start the match in Edinburgh. The Pumas gather and kick deep. BBC Sport's Eddie Butler has just mentioned that it's 5C and sinking in Dublin.


1429: We haven't had the anthems yet in Dublin. It's going to be a late start.

1426: South Africa out on the pitch in Dublin. Anthem time in Edinburgh. The rugby desk here has started a rendition of "Flower of Scotland". Emotional scenes. It seems a cold old day in Scotland, you can see the breath of the players. Ireland now out, wonderful reception. Not long now.

From AllBlackFuture on 606: "SA by 15+... Not even close."

From Roo1396 on 606: "Come on Scotland! Andy Robinson is doing an amazing job so far. We can beat Australia and Fiji, so I think we must be able to beat Argentina! COME ON SCOTLAND! DO YOUR COUNTRY PROUD!"

1420: Just a quick heads up. If you manually refresh this page now, you will get live coverage of the Ireland v South Africa contest at the top of the page. Jubbly.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney on BBC1: Ronan O'Gara is playing very well but when do you give a young man a go? We said that we want to grow as a side and this is another step in that."

1408: Can I just say a big thank you to
TranceDylan on 606 for his detailed explanation of the phrase "shake a stick at". Awesome work. Anyway, while England were completing their turgid and uninspiring autumn series with an improved display against New Zealand last week, former coach Andy Robinson was leading Scotland to a famous victory over Australia. I wonder if he allowed himself a rueful sigh as he looked down to London and the pressure now being placed on England manager Martin Johnson.

Three changes for the Scots: centre Ben Cairns and wing Thom Evans replace Graeme Morrison and Simon Danielli while flanker Jon Barclay, who apparently made more tackles than anyone else during the defensive heroics against the Aussies, makes way for debutant Alan MacDonald of Edinburgh. Argentina, shorn of the stars that helped them reach the last four in France, are not the force of two years ago and have lost to both England and Wales this autumn. They show six changes to the one that lost 33-16 in Cardiff last week.

1404: Plenty of spice ahead of the Ireland-Springbok clash. There has been lots of chat involving the Irish members of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured South Africa in the summer. Skipper John Smit, who reverts to hooker from prop, has claimed that a senior Irish player influenced their decision not to socialise with the Lions during the June series. There is also the little matter of Schalk Burger's inclusion in the South Africa side following his eye-gouging of Irish wing Luke Fitzgerald during the second Lions Test. Although Fitzgerald is missing today with a hamstring injury, I'm sure Burger will receive a warm Dublin welcome this afternoon.

For Ireland, there are a host of changes following the 41-6 victory over Fiji. Wing Tommy Bowe, scrum-half Tomas O'Leary, inside centre Paddy Wallace, prop Cian Healy, lock Donncha O'Callaghan and flanker David Wallace are all brought back but the main news was the retention of the talented Johnny Sexton at fly-half. Is Ronan O'Gara's reign coming to an end?

Just for your info, Ireland could go into the world's top three if they beat the Springboks and Australia lose to Wales. South Africa, meanwhile, will want to end their tour on a high after losses to France, Leicester and Saracens.

From hurley_burley on 606: "Ireland by 30. All scored by Sexton. Then Rog to come on and dump tackle Schalk Burger... Oh just woke up. Can always dream. Shower, pub, Croker. Bring it on!!"


From eirebilly on 606: "Looking forward to some good matches. I think that Ireland stand a good chance of winning today but it will be very close. I think that Scotland will win as well as the All Blacks. Wales should be too strong for an Aussie side that is struggling."

1400: Now we've got the small print out of the way, there's some late South Africa team news, just in case you haven't seen it. Second row Bakkies Botha is out after failing to recover from a back injury. Andries Bekker comes into the engine room, with scrum-half Francois Hougaard coming onto the bench. That means there is now no second-row cover on the Springbok bench.

1356: There are lots of ways to keep in touch with today's action. The Ireland match is on BBC1, with the Scotland game on BBC1 Scotland - both are being streamed live on this website. BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and Radio Ulster are following the Irish while Radio Scotland are at Murrayfield. The rest of you desperate souls can follow me tapping away furiously on this live text commentary. You lucky, lucky people.

From hawick on 606: "I'll be surprised if the Scots boys can move after last week! Stiff as boards and I wouldn't be surprised against a physical Argentina if they fall off tackles in the second half. Sure they'll want to avenge the World Cup defeat, but I won't be rushing to take the 4/7 about them today."



1347: Now, I'll need all your banter and predictions throughout the afternoon. Here's some posers for you. How has the autumn series treated your country? How do you rate the autumn series overall? Do the authorities need to get busy with some rule-changing nonsense once again? Get involved with all your chat: on 606 on Twitter or via text on 81111. I'll be waiting for your call…


1343: After three weekends of blood and bluster, there are just three autumn internationals left featuring the home nations. At 1430 GMT Ireland face fatigued world champions South Africa at Croke Park and Scotland, buoyed by their victory over Australia last week, take on Argentina in a repeat of the 2007 World Cup quarter-final. At 1715 Wales face Australia in Cardiff aiming for back-to-back wins over the Wallabies for the first time since the 70s.

1340: Afternoon all. Before we begin, I have to tell you about a dream I had last night. No word of a lie it was about today's live text commentary. I dreamt that there were three running at the same time and for some reason, I didn't deem it necessary to update anything until half-time. I promise not to let that dream turn into reality today, I'll be giving you more updates than you can shake a stick at (whatever that means). Welcome to the last weekend of the autumn internationals.



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Autumn internationals photos
28 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
Ireland 15-10 South Africa
28 Nov 09 |  Irish
Scotland 6-9 Argentina
28 Nov 09 |  Scottish
Wales 12-33 Australia
28 Nov 09 |  Welsh


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