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Australia v Ireland as it happened

Full-time: Australia 18-12 Ireland (Melbourne):

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By Pranav Soneji

"I know just about everyone dis the Aussies scrum, but I am thinking this is the year we turn that round and put up a workable scrum...or am I dreaming???"
OzT on 606

1248: So unfortunate for Ireland, you could finger the dysfunctional line-out and Ronan O'Gara's off-kilter radar for the loss, but there were some absolutely awesome performances, Rob Kearney and Tommy Bowe were outstanding.


80 minutes: The hooter blows, but Ireland are still keeping the ball alive. But a knock-on from Eoin Reddan sees referee Berdos blow up for full-time.

78 minutes: Ireland are pounding the Aussie defence, the seconds are ticking, but the green and gold ain't budging.

76 minutes: Ireland take a quick penalty and burrow into Aussie territory, but referee Berdos pings Paul O'Connell for a forward pass. The massive second row looks like his numbers have come up on the lottery, only to find his ticket is a week out of date.

73 minutes: Oh Jerry, Jerry, Jerry! Flannery's line-out throw fails to find O'Callaghan and the Aussies clear their lines.

72 minutes: Ireland are awarded a penalty inside their half, which ROG sends deep into Australia's 22m line.

69 minutes: The Irish line-out has been creaky, to say the least. Flannery's throw fails to find one of his target men and Australia earn a penalty from the ensuing phases.

67 minutes: Referee Berdos comes to Ireland's rescue as James Horwill is penalised for going in off his feet after a burst from Hynes.

65 minutes: Rob Kearney is having an almighty game. Not content with setting up Bowe's score, the full-back turns defender to bundle Peter Hynes out to touch less than 10m from the Ireland line.

61 minutes: TRY - Australia 18-12 Ireland
A sensational score from deep inside of Ireland's half sees Brian O'Driscoll finish a sweeping move involving Rob Kearney, Denis Leamy and Tommy Bowe. The captain uses his momentum to touch down after he is tackled by Matt Giteau. However, Ronan O'Gara misses what could be a crucial conversion.

58 minutes: Cameron Shepherd sees space on Ireland's left wing and the full-back hits a perfectly weighted kick to pin Ireland back 10m from their tryline.

56 minutes: Ireland's pack push for the tryline, but the Aussies wheel the scrum and turn the ball over. And to rub salt in the wounds, Ireland are penalised for offside. A massive opportunity and nothing comes of it.

54 minutes: Brian O'Driscoll intercepts a cross-kick and charges towards the tryline, but his inside pass to centre partner Wallace is wayward and desperate Australia defending prevents the try. However, Ireland are awarded a scrum five metres from the Aussie line.

52 minutes: Brilliant work from Tommy Bowe and Paddy Wallace sees Ireland charge into Aussie territory, but the Ulster centre opts not to pass to Reddan, who would have cut through the back-tracking Australia defence had a cheeky offload been made. A chance missed? But excellent all-round work from Ireland, who are enjoying their best period in the game.

50 minutes: Stringer's kick from an Ireland scrum deflects off an Australian body and Ireland advance a further 15m. On comes hooker Jerry Flannery for Rory Best, while Eoin Reddan replaces Peter Stringer.

48 minutes: Ireland concede another free-kick, this time at the scrum. Kearney punts the ball to the ball to the halfway line from the Australian kick.

46 minutes: Nice break from Paddy Wallace, but the centre is hauled down by the very impressive Rocky Elsom. Ireland win a scrum after an Australian hand knocks on.

44 minutes: Rob Kearney snaffles a wonderful high catch, setting up Ireland for an attack on the left flank, which Australia don't defend too well. However, sloppy discipline from the men in green hands Australia a free-kick on their 22m line.

42 minutes: PENALTY - Australia 18-7 Ireland
Sterling Mortlock kicks through after Paddy Wallace's pass finds no-one, but some cynical killing gives Matt Giteau a straight-forward kick, which he slots over.

41 minutes: And we're off again.

"Jamie Heaslip has some serious wheels for a big guy. Would not like to see that coming at me on Saturday morning. Bet the Aussies are glad it's not morning for them."
okainio on 606


38 minutes: Brilliant work from Tommy Bowe sends Jamie Heaslip through hurling for Australia's 22, forcing the home side to concede a penalty. However, rather than getting three points on the board, O'Gara opts for the quick tap, but Ireland cannot make it count and referee Berdos blows up for half-time. You can't help but think ROG should have gone for the three points. Interim coach Michael Bradley may also agree with me too.

36 minutes: James Horwill is penalised for not rolling away from Brian O'Driscoll, and Ireland clear their lines.

34 minutes: Some nice recycling from Ireland, but every pick-and-go finds a wall of green and gold shirts, but referee Berdos awards the tourists a scrum less than 10m from the Australia tryline. However, John Hayes is penalised for incorrect binding and a prime opportunity to pummel Australia's front row goes begging.

32 minutes: More injury concern for Ireland, this time with Denis Leamy, who was unceremoniously dumped by George Smith in the final remnants of a ruck. But Ireland are pressurising Australia's defence, but the gaps aren't appearing.

30 minutes: Lovely box kick from Peter Stringer at the base of a ruck, sending the Ireland forwards to the Australia 22m line.

27 minutes: Dodgy pass from Giteau finds fresh Victorian air, but Ireland do something very similar in midfield. It's scrappy all round, but it's entertaining nonetheless.

25 minutes: PENALTY - Australia 15-7 Ireland
Ireland rattle the new-look Aussie scrum, only to see referee Berdos to penalise the back row for not binding. Up steps Matt Giteau, who slots over the first penalty of the game.

23 minutes: Shane Jennings is in trouble and is replaced by Stephen Ferris, who has played in all three back-row positions for Ulster last season. Jennings looks absolutely gutted.

20 minutes: TRY - Australia 12-7 Ireland
Just brilliant. Matt Giteau's reverse offload after charging through two tackles sees second row James Horwill cross over for his first try in only his second appearance for Australia. The scrum-capped Giteau adds two points. New Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will be loving that, a tremendous rugby league-style pass in the tackle.

17 minutes: New Aussie scrum-half Luke Burgess thumps a long kick into Irish ground.

14 minutes: TRY - Australia 5-7 Ireland
Ireland's rolling maul bundles over the tryline and up goes the arm of French referee Christophe Berdos. Under the pile of bodies emerges a grinning Denis Leamy, a superb try which he had a massive hand in setting up. Ronan O'Gara adds the extras to give Ireland the lead.

12 minutes: It's a messy old start from both sides, but some absolutely sensational support play from the Ireland back-row trio of Leamy, Jennings and Heaslip sees Ireland agonisingly close to the Australia tryline after breaking from deep inside their own half. Leamy sends through a teasing grubber which just lands inside the corner flag.

"It wouldn't be an Irish side that didn't let in an early try now, would it?
eirebilly on 606

10 minutes: Ireland use the maul at the line-out, along with a nice pick-and-go from Paul O'Connell, but the huge lock is penalised for not releasing in the tackle.

7 minutes: Ireland earn a line-out deep in Aussie territory, but Rory Best fails to find his jumpers and Australia clear.

4 minutes: TRY - Australia 5-0 Ireland
Brilliant play from Wycliff Palu feeds Lote Tuqiri, who is hauled down just metres from the Ireland tryline, only for Berrick Barnes to pick up and cross over for an early try for the hosts. Great score and the Irish are rattled. Matt Giteau fails to add the extras.

1 minute: Paddy Wallace overcooks a kick and Australia earn an early line-out, only for captain Sterling Mortlock to knock on a very simple pass. Early test for the much-maligned Australia set-piece outfit.

1106: Ronan O'Gara gets the game under way.

"I am worried about Hynes because he has some serious pace but Bowe will be able to deal with him."
Ulsterfan4ever on 606

1102: Anthem time at the Telstra Dome and out belts "Ireland's Call" and wee scrum-half Peter Stringer looks pumped for a big'un. Lots of similar antics as "Advance Australia Fair" rings out from the public address system. There's a big Zorb-like ball on the pitch, dunno what that's doing there.

1053: A quick reminder of the teams:

Ireland: R Kearney, S Horgan, B O'Driscoll (all Leinster), P Wallace, T Bowe (both Ulster), R O'Gara, P Stringer (both Munster); M Horan (Munster), R Best (Ulster), J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, D Leamy (Munster), S Jennings (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster).
Replacements: J Flannery, T Buckley, M O'Driscoll (all Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), E Reddan (Wasps), G Murphy (Leicester), G Dempsey (Leinster).

Australia: C Shepherd, P Hynes, S Mortlock (capt), B Barnes, L Tuqiri, M Giteau, L Burgess, B Robinson, S Moore, M Dunning, J Horwill, N Sharpe, R Elsom, G Smith, W Palu
Replacements: A Freier, A Baxter, D Mumm, P Waugh, S Cordingley, R Cross, A Ashley-Cooper.

1050: Hello you. Just having watched New Zealand take England apart, I'm hoping Ireland don't follow suit. However, this Aussie team is sporting a few new faces, so I'm confident it won't go Auckland-shaped for Brian O'Driscoll and his charges.

see also
Australia v Ireland
13 Jun 08 |  Irish
O'Driscoll rues late Irish slump
07 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand 21-11 Ireland
07 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
Duo set to make Australia debuts
11 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
Kiwi Deans is new Wallabies boss
14 Dec 07 |  Rugby Union
Deans gives Wallabies a new look
02 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union

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