Second half tries from Adam Ashley-Cooper, Morgan Turinui and Stephen Hoiles saw the tourists secure a 24-17 win at Thomond Park. Wallaby coach John Muggletonsaid after the game: "I thought Brett Sheehan had an outstanding,especially under pressure from the big Ireland 'A forwards. David Lyonswas particularly impressive and Stephen Hoiles did some excellentthings, while Al Campbell led the team around the park very well.
"It was a very encouraging win for us. I thought this team was the first one on this tour to actually play the conditions over here.We can't play the way we play rugby in Australia. We have to be patientand stick to the game plan - we played into the wind in the first half,toughing it out because we knew we could come back and score points inthe second half."
Ireland 'A' flanker Keith Gleeson takes on Australian out-half Mark Gerrard during the first half which saw Ireland go 11-0 in front. Two early penalties from Jeremy Staunton were topped off by a debut try for the lively Luke Fitzgerald.
Butthe Wallabies showed their clinical edge when, with Gleeson in thesin-bin for hands in the ruck, they bagged two late tries throughTurinui and Hoiles, with Gerrard having a hand in both.
Australia 'A' centre Scott Staniforth tries to pile through the tackles of Jeremy Staunon and Kieran Lewis. Staniforth,28, was London Irish's Player of the Year in 2005, scoring seven triesin 24 games. He is currently tied to Super 14 side Western Force - hewas their top try scorer in 2006 with nine.
Australia 'A' number 8 David Lyons, who is still only 26, is challenged by Ireland 'A' newcomer Stephen Ferris. Lyons
Ireland 'A' prop and captain Simon Best takes on Brett Sheehan inLimerick. The Ulster front rower was making his first internationalappearance since breaking his ankle against Llanelli last May. TheCraigavon-born Best was an unused replacement when the Wallabiesvisited Lansdowne Road last November.
English referee Rob Debney brandishes a yellow card to Ireland 'A' flanker Keith Gleeson withjust 11 minutes to go at Thomond Park. While down to 14 men, MichaelBradley's hosts conceded two converted tries as their first half leadwas erased.
Dublin-bornbut Sydney-raised, the 30-year-old Gleeson was capped by Australia atUnder-19 and Under-20 level. He made his Ireland 'A' debut against NewZealand at Ravenhill in 2001.
Jamie Heaslip, who was making his sixth appearance for Ireland 'A' since last February, cannot stop Morgan Turinui fromgetting over for Australia's second try on 70 minutes. Heaslip, whoturns 23 next month, recently captained Leinster for the first time.His 'A' caps have come against France, England (2), the USA, the NewZealand Maori and Australia.
**All photos by Billy Stickland of Inpho Photography**
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