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Rugby World Cup 2011: Australia v Ireland as it happened

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By Aimee Lewis

1200 BST: Right, it's time for me to go now. Thanks ever so much for your contributions. Join us tomorrow for Wales versus Samoa, which kicks off at 0430 BST (don't forget to set the alarm), followed by England against Georgia at 0700 BST. Oh, and for those of you asking, the Murray 'try' was disallowed for offside.

1152 BST: You can read more about Ireland's first World Cup victory over Australia as the match report is now available on this website. That defeat means Australia have an even tougher path to the final with a possible quarter-final against defending champions South Africa, whereas Ireland are likely to face Wales, Fiji or Samoa - the second-placed team from Pool D - in the last eight. That Irish victory has shaken up the tournament alright.

Ireland lock Paul O'Connell: "I think [that performance] has always been there. This last six or seven weeks we've been waiting for this game, this was always the big game at the back of our minds. We don't mind being beaten but you hate not playing to your potential and at least today we played to our potential. We've won nothing, it's just a pool game for us. Obviously today is a special day but this is a level we should be playing at consistently. Anything is achievable.

Australia coach Robbie Deans: "They didn't allow us to recycle ball and it was effective. The World Cup is very much about the passion and the defence and you can't be sure of getting momentum. We would have liked more field position, our decision making wasn't great and when we did get behind them we were impatient.

1140 BST: Who predicted that result then, eh. Ireland, whose form had been indifferent this year, topple one of the tournament favourites. Ireland are now top of Pool C and are surely now favourites to qualify as winners, even with a tough tie against Italy on the horizon. It was an extraordinary performance from the Irish pack, with Paul O'Connell, a man 'probably' competing in his last World Cup, and Sean O'Brien setting the tone and making Australia's attacking talents look laden-footed. The Aussies clearly missed Pocock.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney: "I was pleased with the way we went about our business. We managed to stifle a very good attacking side. I think our scrum is getting stronger, it's getting there, but we've still got a bit of work to do. [At half-time the message was] to keep doing what we were doing. Forwards win matches, backs decide by how much. It's the fifth time of playing Australia in the World Cup and you get fed up of losing, don't you?

Beaming Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll: "It was the performance we knew we had in us. You'd swear we were in Dublin with that crowd and it was our job to give them something to shout about. Paul [O'Connell] said it in the captain's meeting that we had to go to the well today. It's half the job done, we've two wins and we've two more to get. As much as we'll enjoy this, let's not lose sight of the remaining two games.

Gareth Gaston on Twitter: "Great win for Ireland. Great performance by the pack. Have we finally arrived on the World cup stage?"

From Adam in Nottingham, via text: "I can't see there being a better forward performance in this world cup. Ireland from 1-8 were unbelievable! "

Full time
FULL TIME: Ireland 15-6 Australia

80 min: Ireland 15-6 Australia
Wow! Sub Murray dashes over in the corner but the referee blows his whistle. Try disallowed. I'm sorry, I don't know why that wasn't allowed. Don't sue me. I'll find out. But, anyway, the referee blows for full-time. What. A. Match!

79 min: Ireland 15-6 Australia
The Irish are on their feet as Tommy Bowe intercepts from near his own line. The Ospreys wing pumps those powerful legs of his, but just runs out of energy and is forcibly ejected into touch with the tryline a couple of metres from his grasp. Agonisingly close for the Irish.

76 min: Ireland 15-6 Australia
Ireland have to remain vigilant as another dart from Genia takes the diminutive scrum-half to within inches of the line, but the Reds' scrum-half is held up short. Scrum Australia, though. The clock is ticking. Will there be a late score? I can't look.

73 min: Ireland 15-6 Australia
The Aussies work their way back upfield. Radike Samo tries to charge forward but he is knocked back by the impervious Irish defence and it goes from bad to worse from the two-time World Champions as the ball goes straight into touch. That was Samo's last bit of play as he's replaced by Scott Higginbotham, with the Aussies make a raft of changes. By the way, Andrew Trimble has just come on for Rob Kearney, too. Phew.

70 min: PENALTY Ireland 15-6 Australia
Incredible play from O'Connell and his forwards as more neck-crunching pressure forces Australia to concede a penalty in front of the posts. O'Gara lines up to kick. And it sails over! Nine points clear less than 10 minutes to go. Go easy on those nails of yours, Irish fans.

68 min: Ireland 12-6 Australia
Was that Ireland's best chance to cross the whitewash? I'll tell you what happened first and then you can judge. Sexton opts for the Garryowen, Karney follows up by hacking the ball forward and the charging Mike Ross tumbles down just metres short. O'Brien tries to launch another attack only for Australia to hold firm and earn a scrum just a few metres from their tryline.

65 min:
It's raining
Ireland 12-6 Australia
Will Genia sets off on one of his trademark runs from the ruck, but the referee blows his whistle for obstruction and Ireland, in a sodden Auckland, really are frustrating Australia's talented half-backs.

61 min: PENALTY Ireland 12-6 Australia
Murray has his first put-in at the scrum which, from an Irish perspective, looks pretty solid as Australia concede another penalty. This time O'Gara gets the nod to take aim at the posts and the Munster man finds the target! Are we heading for a World Cup surprise?

59 min: Ireland 9-6 Australia
Another substitution for Ireland and this time Conor Murray replaces Eoin Reddan at scrum-half, with the 21-year-old joining Munster team-mate O'Gara in the pivotal half-back positions.

56 min: Ireland 9-6 Australia
Australia are in opposition territory for what seems like the first time in an age. Cooper looks up and finds O'Connell standing in his way so he tries some magic, darting away from the second-row from 10m out, but the flick from the back of the hand fails to find a team-mate.

52 min: MISSED PENALTY Ireland 9-6 Australia
Even though O'Gara is now on the pitch it is Sexton who gets the nod to kick at goal after another Australia infringement. The Irish forwards really are phenomenal at the moment. Sexton's kick hits the posts, so close, and somehow, in a moment of frenzy, the ball bounces kindly into Australian hands and they clear the lines.

49 min: PENALTY Ireland 9-6 Australia
Sexton kicks it! Ireland deservedly move ahead, and just before that kick the Irish were forced into a substitution as O'Gara replaced the injured D'Arcy.

48 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
Dan Vickerman is penalised for diving in and Sexton finds touch and O'Callaghan beautifully wins the line-out to set the Irish backs in motion. A lovely inside ball from the so-far quiet Brian O'Driscoll puts O'Brien into the gap, Ferris takes over to do some dirty work and Australia are caught offside. Big moment coming up for Sexton.

45 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
The Irish back-row are putting in some mileage today an, just as Jeremy Guscott predicted, are doing their best to slow Australian ball. An error from Tommy Bowe, however, undoes their good work as Australia win quick ball from the line-out and Cooper delicately chips the ball over the Irish defence for touch.

43 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
Beale is again the danger man for Australia as a swivel of the hips takes the Waratahs full-back clear of one Irish defender, Cooper is there to support and takes the Australia attack into the opposition 22, but the Tri-Nations champions infringe and it's Ireland's put-in at the scrum.

41 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
Sexton gets the second half underway and Ireland again concede the ball, giving Australia an early put-in in the scrum. The Aussies kick upfield and Sexton spills the ball, but it doesn't go forward.

Brian Moore on Twitter: "Ireland need O'Connell to get involved as much as possible and stir it all up by being at his belligerent best."

From Nige, via text: "I'm 'watching' via live text on a sun lounger in Croatia! It turns out the RWC 2011 is not big news in Croatia! Come on Ireland!"

Text in your views on 81111 (UK)
From Andrew, via text: "Irish wife and English kids in London yelling for the men in green. Scottish dad here on a train north. You are my link to them. Give us something to cheer together!"

Jarleth Eaton on Twitter: "Until Ireland stop conceding silly and stupid penalties, our chances of winning this match are zero"

Ben Autie on Twitter: "That scrum turnover was a thing of beauty, Stephen Ferris owned Genia there."

Half time
40 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
The Irish attempt to attack down the right but it comes to nothing and referee Bryce Lawrence sees that as the perfect moment to blow his whistle and bring a scrappy half to an end.

37 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
Phenomenal work from Paul O'Connell and co as they surge forward and Stephen Ferris gobbles up Will Genia and the ball to earn a scrum inside the Aussie 22. The Irish replacements jumped for joy from the bench after that superb passage of play.

35 min: Ireland 6-6 Australia
A stop-start passage of play as the first half nears its conclusion as both teams make needless errors. Australia kick the ball into Irish territory and full-back Kearney makes little yardage with his kick to touch.

31 min: MISS PENALTY Ireland 6-6 Australia
Ireland attack from a scrum just inside their own half... Sexton goes for the Garryowen and the ball somehow pings back into Irish hands after Cooper spills the high ball. Another scrum and the Irish front-row earn a penalty as the Australia forwards fold under the pressure. Impressive scrummaging. Sexton, though, kicks it wide of the posts. The young outside-half is having an off-day with the boot.

27 min: MISS PENALTY Ireland 6-6 Australia
Another chance at goal for O'Connor. This isn't good from Ireland. The kick, out wide to the left from about 30m, is a tad more difficult than his previous attempts and the winger MISSES by the slightest of margins. A sigh of relief from the Irish fans.

25 min: PENALTY Ireland 6-6 Australia
Perfect kicking from O'Connor as the ball sails through the posts. Will Ireland rue conceding silly penalties?

23 min: Ireland 6-3 Australia
Ireland have a scrum inside their own 22. It's solid from the Irish and Reddan finds touch with a howitzer of a kick. Quick line-out ball from Australia and the dangerous Beale once again makes some yards with a jinking run. Australia spin it out wide and Sean O'Brien is caught offside and it's a chance for O'Connor to level.

15 min: DROP-GOAL Ireland 6-3 Australia
A dink from Kearney and a barging gallop from O'Connell takes Ireland into the Australia 22 and Sexton successfully stabs a drop-goal over the posts to put his team into the lead.

15 min: PENALTY Ireland 3-3 Australia
A chance for Sexton to redeem himself as Australia are again penalised inside their own half and he kicks it! The Irish fans cheer and wave their flags. They're going bonkers. Ireland looking good at the moment.

12 min: PENALTY Ireland 0-3 Australia
Opportunity for Ireland to immediately hit back as Australia are penalised and Jonathan Sexton has a kick at goal from about 25m out. And... he... misses. That seemed like a pretty straightforward penalty chance for the Leinster outside half, too.

10 min: PENALTY Ireland 0-3 Australia
A tremendous kick and chase from Beale sets his team in motion, and the men in gold edge ever closer to the Irish line. The forwards barge themselves to within 5m of the tryline and after two scrums Ireland concede a penalty right in front of the posts as Cian Healy slips and brings the scrum down. Easy kick for O'Connor there to put the Aussies ahead.

6 min:PENALTY Ireland 0-0 Australia
Rob Kearney is penalised for a high tackle on his opposite number Kurtley Beale, but James O'Connor kicks the ball just wide of the post so we're still all square. For now.

4 min: Ireland 0-0 Australia
It is a positive start from Ireland, but the Australian forwards snatch the ball from the ruck and Will Genia clears into touch. There's a great atmosphere in Eden Park at the moment, with cries of Ole! Ole! around the stadium.

1 min: Ireland 0-0 Australia
Cooper kicks off and it isn't a great start for the Irish as the ball goes out for an Aussie lineout. Australia win the lineout and take the ball up the middle, but Ireland earn a penalty and quickly run from their own half. Adventure. I like it.

David Logue on Twitter: "Trying to follow match on Live Text whilst watching daughter's first tennis lesson. Awkward"

0929 BST: A word which didn't spring to mind when describing Cooper, though, was boofhead. Yes, boofhead. I'm not even sure if I'm allowed to say such a word! Australia's 1991 World Cup winning captain Nick Farr-Jones has described Cooper as a "boofhead" for antagonising the hosts. And a press conference this week focused mainly on the 23-year-old's unpopularity rather than today's game, which led Cooper to later say on Twitter: "It was like a Jerry Springer show." It's been a busy week for Cooper for sure, what with ducking All Black ire and dodging friendly fire. But can he wriggle past the fervent Irish? We'll find out in just over 80 minutes.

0927 BST: The players are lining up for the anthems and there are more talented players on that Auckland turf than you can shake a stick at. The man who seems to be basking in the limelight more than most is Australia's outside-half Cooper, who has described himself as New Zealand's 'Public Enemy No1'. Mercurial, mesmeric, majestic... You can easily run out of superlatives for the New Zealand-born Maori, especially if you're just looking for ones beginning with M.

0925: The teams are about to trot onto the Eden Park pitch in front of a capacity crowd so I want to know where you're watching the match. How can Ireland topple the Aussies? To get involved you can either text (81111) or tweet (#BBCRWC). If you're in a land far away, supping on some of the black stuff then do let us know, if only to see the green-eyed monster appear in the office here in Salford.

0923BST: Ireland, according to Mr Guscott (I don't know him well enough to call him Jerry), will "compete fiercely" at the breakdown, taking advantage of their more mobile second row and back row. All sounds pretty easy so far. If you're just watching it on TV.

0922 BST: Jeremy Guscott has been giving his thoughts ahead of the match in Eden Park a venue where Australia haven't won in 25 years apparently - and the former England centre believes the "incredibly talented" Aussies will have a straightforward gameplan. And that, ladies and gentlemen, will be to get the ball to half-backs Will Genia and Quade Cooper as quickly as possible. Simple.

0920 BST: Here are the teams.
Australia: Beale, O'Connor, A. Faingaa, McCabe, Ashley-Cooper, Cooper, Genia, Kepu, Moore, Alexander, Vickerman, Horwill, Elsom, McCalman, Samo. Replacements: Polota-Nau, Slipper, Simmons, Pau, Higginbotham, Burgess, Mitchell.
Ireland: Kearney, Bowe, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Earls, Sexton, Reddan, Healy, Best, Ross, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, Ferris, O'Brien, Heaslip. Replacements: Cronin, Court, Ryan, Leamy, Murray, O'Gara, Trimble.

0917 BST: The inexperienced Ben McCalman , with merely 14 Test appearances to his name, therefore replaces Pocock so you would think Ireland's dynamic back row triumvirate of Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Stephen Ferris will be chomping at the bit. O'Brien, incidentally, is one of four changes to the Ireland team which stuttered to victory over the USA. Eoin Reddan, Rob Kearney and Cian Healy also return to the line-up.

0915 BST: The most significant bit of team news I must tell you about before you add a little extra sugar to your tea is that influential Australian flanker David Pocock has been ruled out of today's game because of a back injury. "It's more of an ongoing irritation than anything serious, scans have shown nothing sinister," said Australia coach Robbie Deans. "But David is a key member of our group. We would rather give him a bit of time to get it right before putting him back out there."

Quade Cooper on Twitter: "On the bus to the game 'the wheels on the bus go round and round' hah you know yall wanna sing it too...'
That was tweeted by the jovial-sounding Australia outside-half just under an hour ago and it's been in my head ever since so if I have to suffer...

0913 BST: Here we are then for Ireland versus Australia. The venerable men in green versus the whippersnappers in gold. The out-of-sorts Irish versus the in-form antipodeans. The World Cup's oldest team versus the tournament's youngest. I could go on...

0910 BST: Good morning. Aren't Saturday mornings great these days. You wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (ish) and there to add a little pizzazz to your bowl of porridge and mug of tea is the Rugby World Cup. Is it too early for whooping and hollering? Ok, I'll give you a few minutes to gather your thoughts first.

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