In a performance full of power and pace, Ireland ran in four tries to beat a weakened South African side 32-15 in the first Guinness Autumn Test at Lansdowne Road.
GUINNESS AUTUMN TEST: Saturday, November 11
IRELAND 32 SOUTH AFRICA 15, Lansdowne Road
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Andrew Trimble, David Wallace, Marcus Horan, Shane Horgan; Cons: Ronan O'Gara 3; Pens: O'Gara 2
South Africa: Tries: Francois Steyn, Bryan Habana; Con: Andre Pretorius; Pen: Pretorius
Full-time - IRELAND 32 SOUTH AFRICA 15
78 mins: Eddie O'Sullivan unloads the bench with Frankie Sheahan, Malcolm O'Kelly and Paddy Wallace, who is making his debut, coming on for Rory Best, O'Connell and O'Gara. Tireless centre D'Arcy has been announced as the Guinness man-of-the-match.
76 mins: IRELAND TRY! Some sleepy defence from the 'Boks allows Horgan in for the clinching try. Dempsey cut through on a great angle to set it up. Boss found O'Driscoll who delivered the perfect inside pass - a carbon copy of his offload for Dempsey against Edinburgh last month - for Horgan to thunder over on the right. O'Gara swung over the conversion from a difficult angle - Ireland 32 South Africa 15
74 mins: SOUTH AFRICA TRY! Great stuff from the 'Boks. Steyn loops around from his left wing berth, linking with Fortuin who puts former South African Player of the Year Habana into space. The number 13 ghosts past the tackle of Horgan and blazes around Girvan Dempsey to complete a fine individual try. It is applause all-round at Lansdowne. Pretorius converts from in front of the posts - Ireland 25 South Africa 15
74 mins: Jacques Cronje and Wynand Olivier have been brought in by 'Boks coach White. Isaac Boss replaces Stringer as Ireland's scrum half.
73 mins: IRELAND PENALTY! O'Gara mops up after a strong spell from the hosts by landing his second penalty from the right flank - Ireland 25 South Africa 8
67 mins: Ireland have made further substitutions with prop Bryan Young getting some game-time, replacing Horan, and Geordan Murphy is on for Trimble.
65 mins: SOUTH AFRICA TRY! Steyn gets in for a try to mark his debut. He has been about the best of the 'Boks backs. Good hands from Spies, who was sent crashing by Horgan, puts the teenage winger over in the left corner. Pretorius, with a mountain of sand under the ball, kicks the conversion wide - Ireland 22 South Africa 8
64 mins: Good spell of pressure from the 'Boks. There is a clean break in midfield with Rossouw charging through. Januarie spins the ball out to the right, Habana is stopped short. It is whipped back out to the left as the Irish defence faces its first real test of the second half.
62 mins: Ireland are really testing the limits of this South African defence. A crossfield kick from O'Gara is primed for Wallace but the out-half's dink is just too strong and finds touch out on the right wing.
61 mins: Neil Best has been replaced with Simon Easterby coming on to win his 50th cap for Ireland.
60 mins: The kicking game that South Africa were expecting from the hosts is not materialising. Ireland are running everything with the kicking option only taken when playmaker O'Gara feels it is on. Trimble has been excellent with ball in hand, as have D'Arcy and Horgan, and Wallace is always a willing runner.
55 mins: Great break from Horgan from a quick tap penalty sets Ireland on the attack again. A deliberate knock on from Fortuin gifts O'Gara a 30-metre shot at the posts but he fails to bisect the posts.
53 mins: Johann Muller has been sprung from the South African bench, Ackermann is off.
50 mins: Scrappy period of play - Ireland are repelling anything the 'Boks have to offer in attack. Trimble sets off down the left flank, chasing his own kick but is called back for a forward pass.
45 mins: Penalty just inside the Irish half - after O'Connell was found guilty of playing the ball on the deck during a South African attack - for the 'Boks but Pretorius pushes it away to the left.
44 mins: D'Arcy snipes through twice in quick succession, almost making the line. Prop CJ van der Linde is called on to clear the visitors' line by kicking towards the halfway line.
Second Half: Kick-Off: Andre Pretorius restarts with the 'Boks having made one change at the break - prop BJ Botha is on for Lawrence Sephaka. Ireland have the same 15 on the field.
...Bevin Fortuin cannot stop Andrew Trimble for getting over for Ireland's opening try. It was the Ulster youngster's fifth score in ten appearances for Ireland...
Half-time - IRELAND 22 SOUTH AFRICA 3
40 mins: O'Gara goes for goal with a penalty from halfway, but he pushes it to the right with a strong wind behind him.
39 mins: IRELAND TRY! Ireland managed to gather in the resultant lineout with prop John Hayes gleefully plucking a poor throw from Smit, which was spilled by Albert van den Berg, out of the sky. The Bruff clubman made the hard yards. Neil Best took a great angle and hit to charge up to just a metre short of the 'Boks line and Marcus Horan pounced to power over, through the tackles of de Villiers and Rossouw, in the next phase. O'Gara converted with a little help from Stringer - Ireland 22 South Africa 3
38 mins: Only a great tackle from Spies stops Trimble getting over in the left corner. Horgan, switching over from his right wing berth, made the initial incision after Stringer spread scrum ball out to the left. O'Driscoll jinked his way through, making ten yards before offloading for Trimble but the 22-year-old was just hauled into touch short of the line.
35 mins: It is relief for Ireland as after a five-minute period of forward pressure from the visitors, with Smit and company camped on the Irish line, a great hit by Leamy on Pierre Spies sees the South African number 8 pinged for holding on in the tackle. O'Gara clears and the crowd breathes again!
33 mins: A concerted spell of pressure for Jake White's men after a bustling break from de Villiers. Smit has two lineouts - the Irish pack infringe twice (pulling down at the first lineout and Paul O'Connell with an early drive).
30 mins: With this wind advantage, the Irish really need to be putting more points on the board.
26 mins: Ireland just fail to get in for a third try as the South African midfield is again exposed. Horgan used his brute strength to muscle towards the line but knocked on as he was smothered in a last-gasp tackle from Rossouw.
24 mins: IRELAND TRY! One of the best tries seen at Lansdowne Road for some time sees flanker David Wallace, in plenty of space on the right wing, dart in around to the back of the posts. Trimble started the move, breaking through two tackles out on the left. A quick feed from Stringer set Ireland's backs in motion, D'Arcy straighthened it up and a well-timed pass from Shane Horgan, with the 'Boks defence stretched, saw Wallace charge over. O'Gara was forced to drop-kick his conversion attempt after it fell down in the wind during his run-up. He missed - Ireland 15 South Africa 3
22 mins: IRELAND PENALTY! A jinking run from O'Gara sees South Africa found guilty of not rolling away in the tackle. Ireland's number 10 lands a difficult kick, slightly to the right of the posts from just outside the 22. Stringer had to step in to hold the ball upright for his Munster team-mate - Ireland 10 South Africa 3
19 mins: South Africa's pack has been marginally on top so far, Smit is finding his jumpers well - the old stager Johan Ackermann takes in his skipper's latest lineout throw.
15 mins: A booming penalty kick from O'Gara sends Ireland into the visitors' 22, however Rory Best's lineout delivery is knocked on by Leamy. The wind is swirling around into Ireland's favour and Pretorius' yardage is shortened as he kicks for touch after a D'Arcy offside.
11 mins: Gordon D'Arcy shows great foot speed to sidestep inside two tacklers, but the midfield move peters out. New man Steyn has impressed so far for the 'Boks - he just had another good run which ended with Habana sending a grubber kick forward but O'Driscoll shut the door on his opposite number.
8 mins: Ireland defend a South African scrum in their own 22 and clear. The 'Boks are sticking to an expansive game plan. Januarie, with a bandage around his head, is back on the field.
5 mins: IRELAND TRY! The perfect reply from Ireland. Ulster winger Andrew Trimble gets over for a try, converted by O'Gara. From a set scrum on the left wing, Leamy burst off the back and handed off two defenders to tee up ruck position. Peter Stringer fed O'Gara who popped a beautiful pass for Trimble to hare onto it and use his strength to get in past Jean de Villiers and Fortuin from 15 metres out - Ireland 7 South Africa 3
2 mins: SOUTH AFRICA PENALTY!Hands in the ruck from Denis Leamy allows Pretorius kick the 'Boks in front from an 18-metre penalty. Ricky Januarie is off as a blood replacement, Ruan Pienaar comes on - Ireland 0 South Africa 3
1 minute: South Africa opt to spin the ball wide immediately, showing their intent. Bryan Habana releases Francois Steyn, the debutant winger, and he makes good ground. Ricky Januarie breaks over halfway and Danie Rossouw gallops forward towards the Irish 22. Penalty to the visitors, the play ends with Andre Pretorius having a wayward attempt at a drop goal.
First Half: Kick-Off: Ronan O'Gara, kicking towards the South Terrace, gets the game underway. Ireland are in their changed strip of white jerseys, white shorts and green socks. The wind is slightly against the home side as a lusty Lansdowne roar goes up.
Pre-Match: 4.56pm: The anthems begin, sung by the Discovery Gospel choir who boast members from Ireland and South Africa and a whole hosts of other nations. The emotion is etched all over John Hayes' face as 'Ireland's Call' rings out around the grand old dame of international stadia.
4.54pm: Brian O'Driscoll runs out onto the pitch, alongside Ireland's two team mascots, with his team-mates filing out behind him.
4.52pm: Seats are being filled at Lansdowne as South Africa, led by John Smit for the 36th time, take to the pitch. There is a poster pinned to the 'Boks dressing room proclaiming '100 Years of Pride, Passion, Commitment and Excellence', noting the centenary of South Africa's first ever tour to Ireland and the UK back in 1906. Smit and company are wearing unbranded green jerseys, blue shorts and blue socks to commemorate the occasion.
4.45pm: Welcome to Lansdowne Road for today's Test match between Ireland and South Africa - the 18th meeting between these two rugby nations. Conditions at the Dublin 4 stadium are particularly windy - it should be quite a welcome to international rugby for the Springboks' debutant full-back Bevin Fortuin!
Pockets of South African fans are in the crowd - nice to see they have travelled over - but some of them are wearing Santa Claus hats. Is this really necessary in November I ask you? Just one more reason to beat them! 1965, 2004, now can we add 2006 to the list of Irish wins over South Africa?
IRELAND: Girvan Dempsey; Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Andrew Trimble; Girvan Dempsey, Shane Horgan; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Rory Best, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Neil Best, David Wallace, Denis Leamy.
Replacements: Frankie Sheahan, Bryan Young, Malcolm O'Kelly, Simon Easterby, Isaac Boss, Paddy Wallace, Geordan Murphy.
SOUTH AFRICA: Bevin Fortuin; Jaco Pretorius, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers, Francois Steyn; Andre Pretorius, Ricky Januarie; Lawrence Sephaka, John Smit (capt), CJ van der Linde, Johan Ackermann, Albert van den Berg, Danie Rossouw, Juan Smith, Pierre Spies.
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, BJ Botha, Johann Muller, Jacques Cronje, Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier, JP Pietersen.
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
Touch Judges: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan); TV Match Official: David Changleng (Scotland)