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Autumn Internationals

Coverage of the Autumn internationals including Ireland v Australia and England v South Africa.

    Italy 6-8 South Africa [half-time]
    Italy are well in touch at the break and will be very happy - South Africa will be disappointed not to have a bigger lead after dominating the gainline. Italy have had to put in a lot of tackles in the first 40 minutes, will  they be able to sustain that defensive effort in the second? 
    11/22/2014 2:58:05 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    We are back for the second half - Italy kick off and go in seacrh of their first ever win against South Africa. 
    11/22/2014 3:05:44 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    Scrum for Italy in the middle of the field, scrum collapses but Italy get the ball out - there is a knock on though, SA pounce and race upfield.
    11/22/2014 3:09:14 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    Boks looking dangerous and Goosen dinks the ball through for Serfontein to chase - but it's well marshalled by Masi who clears.
    11/22/2014 3:10:32 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    South Africa win a penalty - well withing range but they go for the corner. Solid lineout and De Villiers makes good ground over the gainline up the middle. South Africa take it into contact through Coetzee but great work from Martin
    Castrogiovanni holds him up and Italy win a scrum just on their 22.
    11/22/2014 3:13:11 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    A great kick from Haimona takes Italy  into South Africa's 22. They look to attack the bok lineout but lack of discipline sees them concede a penalty for pulling the maul down. 
    11/22/2014 3:16:00 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    The visitors get a superb driving maul going and rampage about 20 metres into Italy's 22. They win a penalty and Lambie goes for the corner. 
    11/22/2014 3:17:22 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    Another unforced error from the boks as Victor Matfield cannot take the lineout. Scrum to Italy. 
    11/22/2014 3:18:20 PM

    Johan Goosen on the attack for South Africa

    11/22/2014 3:18:47 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    The two hookers not happen with each other. ref has to calm them down after Italy win a penalty at the scrum. 
    11/22/2014 3:20:13 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    Both sides making too many unforced errors - that should have been a good attacking platform for Italy but they knock it on after they claim clean lineout ball. 
    11/22/2014 3:21:10 PM
    Italy 6-8 South Africa
    What an attack from Italy who run it from just outside their 22 - Masi hits the line and smashes through the bok defence. Parisse takes it up further but  the ball pops out from the breakdown. However it's a penalty for Italy who can take the lead here as  Haimona steps up for a long range effort - unfortunately its just short. 

    11/22/2014 3:25:36 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa [try]
    TRY! South Africa get their second try as Reinach goes over after a lovely line from replacement Nizaam
    Carr. Pollard converts 
    11/22/2014 3:29:34 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    South Africa straight back on the attack - their replacements have certainly added some impetus to their game. However Le Roux cannot quite get the pass away to Matfield though. 
    11/22/2014 3:31:51 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    More mistakes from South Africa - very frustrating as they are building nicely but cannot quite finish their attacking moves off. 
    11/22/2014 3:36:15 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    Superb work from Parisse who beats three men out on the wing to take a cross kick, Italy then win a penalty from the ruck, however they then lose the ball forward from the lineout. Scrum to SA who clear their lines.
    11/22/2014 3:39:54 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    Springboks are penalised in Italy's 22 for not rolling away at the tackle area. That's poor though as a shocking pass puts Italy under all sorts of pressure from the lineout and South Africa win a scrum. 
    11/22/2014 3:42:37 PM
    Italy 6- 15 South Africa
    A wonderful scrum from Italy as they win a penalty on the half-way line. Haimona goes for the corner - and is then subbed...

    11/22/2014 3:44:37 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    The Azzurri on the attack but the bok defence holding firm. Luciano
    puts the ball on his foot to turn the SA defence but it's got too much on it and beats Michele Campagnaro into touch.
    11/22/2014 3:46:48 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    SA look to clear their lines with a penalty - Pollard cannot make touch though and Italy run the ball back at them. 
    11/22/2014 3:48:23 PM
    Italy 6-15 South Africa
    It's all Italy in the final minutes of the game...although saying that Duane Vermeulen turns the ball over and Le Roux and Pollard combine wonderfully to break out of their 22.
    11/22/2014 3:50:02 PM
    Italy 6-22 South Africa[try]
    TRY! That is a superb break from Pollard who feeds Habana at pace who goes over and scores. Pollard converts to give them a 22-6 win over Italy. it was certainly a lot closer than that! 
    11/22/2014 3:51:29 PM
    Italy certainly pushed South Africa all the way their and will be thinking thatb they could have recorded their first ever win over the Springboks. South Africa will need to be a lot better than that as they head to Wales next weekend.
    11/22/2014 3:54:14 PM
    Next up for us is Ireland v Australia! 
    11/22/2014 3:54:36 PM
    11/22/2014 4:01:44 PM
    What I like about Ireland is their confidence; they have an hard edge and an ability to finish games. two weeks ago against South Africa I was very impressed how the rode out the storm in the first half and were intelligent in defence against a very strong South Africa team. Then in the second half they came out and finished the job off with flying colours.

    Michale Lynagh on Ireland
    11/22/2014 4:05:51 PM
    11/22/2014 4:07:45 PM
    Just to quickly head back to Italy before this ganme kicks off - Bakkies Botha who was watching from the stands has just announced his retirement from international rugby. Botha won  85 caps for South Africa and is the seventh most-capped Springbok of all time, a three-time SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee (2003, 2004 and 2005) and holds the world record for the most Tests as a lock combination in the starting line-up with Victor Matfield (63). 
    11/22/2014 4:23:06 PM

    To be able to make this decision on my own terms, knowing I'm still good enough to play Test rugby, is a huge blessing.

    "I want to thank everyone involved in my career for the opportunities I was given, as well as the supporters of the teams I represented for staying loyal to me even when I let them down. To those I do not mention in giving thanks, you are the ones I will thank in person.

    "I want to give honour to God for protecting me and allowing me the grace of good health, and especially my beautiful wife, Carien, and my three beautiful children, who supported me throughout my career. I know that every day I get out of bed being able to walk, talk and dream about the future is just a gift money can't buy, no matter what your resources are.

    "I'm planning to finish my contract with Toulon and defend our titles this season. And who knows, perhaps there is a province in South Africa who can see me add value to their Currie Cup campaign next year and I can play my final match in my beloved country of birth before finally hanging up my boots at the end of 2015 at all levels of the game.

    Bakkies Botha
    11/22/2014 4:24:04 PM

    Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Rhys Ruddock, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Jack McGrath.

    Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Felix Jones.

    Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridriani, 12Matt Toomua, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman,7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Luke Jones, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper.

    Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Benn Robinson, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Will Genia, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Kurtley Beale.

    11/22/2014 4:25:43 PM
    Ireland 0-0 Australia [kick-off]
    Anthems are being sung, a crackling atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium. Can Ireland add the Wallaby scalp to their trophy cabinet? 
    11/22/2014 4:27:42 PM
    Ireland 0-0 Australia
    Tevita Kuridriani gets an early run at the Ireland defence - Zebo does well to get onto him very quickly.
    11/22/2014 4:31:53 PM
    Ireland 0-0 Australia
    Good attack from Australia - that man Kuridriani does get well over the gain line that time. Ireland manage to hold Australia up though and win the scrum. 
    11/22/2014 4:33:32 PM
    Ireland 3-0 Australia [penalty-rugby]
    Ireland win a penalty through  Rhys Ruddock who is really quickly on and over the ball. Sexton steps up and puts Ireland on the scoreboard. 
    11/22/2014 4:36:17 PM
    Ireland 3-0 Australia 
    James Slipper penalised for taking Rob Kearney out in the air - Sexton steps up but cannot  make it 6-0. 
    11/22/2014 4:40:40 PM
    Ireland 10-0 Australia [try]
    TRY! What a try from Ireland. Rory best strips the ball off Luke Jones and Ireland counter  - Sexton sees plenty of space behind and kicks for Zebo to chase -he does with flying colours and scores! Superb try. Sexton converts.
    11/22/2014 4:43:14 PM
    Ireland 15-0 Australia [try]
    TRY! Australia looking to strike straight back and build nicely into Ireland's 22 - but Bowe reads a pass perfectly and is away! Sexton converts to give them a 17-0 lead.
    11/22/2014 4:45:35 PM
    Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Conor Murray has been called off for a head assessment after that earlier blow to his head, after seeing that replayed it's a good call! 
    11/22/2014 6:04:29 PM
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    11/22/2014 6:05:23 PM
    Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Will Skelton is on for Australia and blasts his way into Ireland's 22 - he's a big man! Then Beale has a pop through a gap but Ireland close him down. A scrum is called - put in to the Wallabies. 
    11/22/2014 6:06:57 PM
    Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Ireland win the penalty at the scrum just as Australia get the ball out! Great work from the Ireland pack. 
    11/22/2014 6:08:35 PM
    Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Ireland put them selves under pressure from the lineout and lose ground  - they finally clear the ball but Australia look to attack through Adam Ashley Cooper. 
    11/22/2014 6:10:09 PM
    Ireland 26-23 Australia
    More pressure from Australia but another error lets Ireland off the hook.
    11/22/2014 6:11:26 PM
    Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Kearney and Sexton both off looking groggy as Australia attack from deep! But that is a captains tackle if you have ever seen one as Paul O'Connell smashes Ben McCalman back. 
    11/22/2014 6:14:14 PM
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