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Autumn Internationals

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

  • 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 17-7 Autsralia [try]
    Australia finally get onto the scorebaord after Nick Phipps pounces on a 50-50 offload from Zebo and scores. Foley converts.
    11/22/2014 4:48:39 PM
  • Ireland 17-7 Australia
    Ireland put themselves under pressure in their own 22 - Michael Hooper is all over D'Arcy but they manage to clear their lines through Sexton. 
    11/22/2014 4:52:08 PM
  • Ireland 17-7 Australia [video-ref]
    A cross-field kick from  Foley finds Speight but that is a try tackling save from Kearney. ref goes to the TMO to see if Foley managed to stretch and score after recyling the ball.
    11/22/2014 4:53:54 PM
  • Zebo scores his brilliant try

    11/22/2014 4:54:30 PM
  • Ireland 17-12 Australia[try]
    TRY! Controversial try that! The replays looked to show that Phipss pass to Foley was forward but the TMO says he saw no reason why the ref cannot award the try. Foleys misses the conversion. 

    11/22/2014 4:57:25 PM
  • Phipps scores Australia's first try

    11/22/2014 5:01:28 PM
  • Ireland 17-12 Australia
    Lovely work from Henry Speight on the wing who has not got much room down the touchline but somehow gets a backwards pass away. 

    11/22/2014 5:05:23 PM
  • Ireland 17-17 Australia [try]
    Australia recycle the ball and Foley gets the ball away to Phipps who is over for Australia's third try! A great response from the visitors. Foley cannot convert to give Australia the lead. 
    11/22/2014 5:07:00 PM
  • Controversial try for Foley

    11/22/2014 5:07:43 PM
  • Ireland 17-20 Australia [ penalty-rugby]
    The Wallabies have their tails up here - a lovely break from deep sees  Toomua get the ball to Speight who then gives Foley some space. Australia then win a penalty as Ireland are off side, Foley puts Australia ahead. 
    11/22/2014 5:10:25 PM
  • Ireland 17-20 Australia
    A nice little wrap-around from Sexton sees Ireland gain good ground. They then win a penalty after Australia are off-sides. Sexton goes for the corner. 
    11/22/2014 5:12:56 PM
  • Ireland 17-20 Australia
    From the lineout Sexton kicks cross-field for Zebo - but than man Folau leaps highest and intercepts - but ref was playing advantage to Ireland as Luke Jones was offside. 
    11/22/2014 5:15:11 PM
  • Ireland 20-20 Australia [penalty-rugby]
    Jonny Sexton has no problem bisecting the space and as the whistle goes for half-time it's all square! What a first half! 

    11/22/2014 5:16:13 PM
  • I am sure this is not part of Joe Schmidt’s game plan – the temp is way to quick for Ireland and suits Australia’s great attacking runners out wide and their flat passing – sometimes a bit more than flat. In the second half I would like to see Ireland use the maul a bit more, slow the ball down and play to their strengths.
    Paul Wallace on a pulsating first-half

    11/22/2014 5:23:34 PM
  • Ireland 20-20 Australia
    We are back for the second half- and over at the Millennium Stadium, Wales v New Zealand is about to kick off. We will bring you updates from their too. 
    11/22/2014 5:28:31 PM
  •  Ireland 20-20 Australia
    A poor pass from Phipps goes to no-one however Kuridriani picks it up and makes good ground to get Australia back on the front foot. 
    11/22/2014 5:30:19 PM
  • Ireland 23-20 Australia [penalty-rugby]
    A good attack from Ireland as Henshaw and Zebo combine well. Hooper is penalised at the tackle area and Sexton steps up for a long range attempt...and nails it. 
    11/22/2014 5:34:42 PM
  • Ireland 23-20 Australia
    Kurtley Beale on...his first touch looks like he is through after a quick line out from the Wallabies but it's a forward pass to him from Toomua.
    11/22/2014 5:36:32 PM

  • Ireland 23-23 Australia [penalty-rugby]
    Australia win a penalty at the scrum and Foley steps up to make it a level game once again. 

    11/22/2014 5:38:00 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Good lineout for Ireland as they try and get the driving maul going. ireland win a penalty as Australia join the maul from the side. 
    11/22/2014 5:40:56 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Ireland go for the corner but they then lose the lineout and Australia attack from deep. 
    11/22/2014 5:41:52 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Australia win a penalty just on halfway after Rory Best is penalised for hands in the ruck. The wallabies launch an attack from the lineout through Matt Toomua, however Ireland win a turnover penalty.
    11/22/2014 5:44:33 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Ireland attack through Tommy Bowe but some very good defensive work from Michael Hooper gives Australia a scrum just inside their 22. 
    11/22/2014 5:46:20 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Irish crowd not happy as they think Kearney has been taken out late by Henry Speight - the Wallaby winger was committed though and ref waves play on. 
    11/22/2014 5:49:22 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Lovely kick from Sexton as his pack wins a heel against the head at scrum. Ireland can attack Australia's lineout from about five metres out. 
    11/22/2014 5:51:00 PM
  • Ireland 23-23 Australia
    Kearney goes for a drop goal just outside the 10m line - it hits the posts and Folau clears for Australia
    11/22/2014 5:51:56 PM
  • Ireland 26-23 Australia [penalty-rugby]
    Australia give a penalty away at the breakdown, looks a bit harsh as no ruck had formed, Sexton gives the home side the lead once again. 
    11/22/2014 5:54:18 PM
  • Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Ireland are penalised for not rolling away as they look to put pressure on the Wallabies in their 22. 
    11/22/2014 5:57:33 PM
  • Ireland 26-23 Australia
    A poor pass from Phipps puts Adam Ashley-Cooper under pressure but the Wallaby winger does well to get back on the front foot. a clever kick from Quade Cooper now puts Kearney under pressure and Conor Murray gets a blow to his head trying to help out his fullback. 
    11/22/2014 5:59:45 PM
  • Ireland 26-23 Australia
    Australia on the attack now and into Ireland's 22 - some great defence from Ireland forces Australia to knock on. A great defensive effort.
    11/22/2014 6:01:34 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
  • Don't forget after this game we have England v Samoa and you can watch the game with a NOW TV day pass - Watch England v Samoa for £6.99
    11/22/2014 6:05:23 PM
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