Australia had little to offer at Lansdowne Road as first half tries from Denis Hickie and Geordan Murphy helped Ireland take their second Southern Hemisphere scalp in the space of eight days.
GUINNESS AUTUMN TEST: Sunday, November 19
IRELAND 21 AUSTRALIA 6, Lansdowne Road (Att: 43,000)
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Denis Hickie, Geordan Murphy; Con: Ronan O'Gara; Pens: O'Gara 3
Australia: Pens: Stirling Mortlock 2
Full-time - IRELAND 21 AUSTRALIA 6
80 mins: Neil Best is announced as the Guinness man-of-the-match. A great effort, high on physicality, from the Ulster man who, along with Wallace and Leamy, really tore the Australian back row to shreds.
77 mins: Girvan Dempsey replaces Murphy as Ireland's full-back. As the rain continues to bucket down, Baxter is back on as a replacement for Guy Shepherdson. Giteau has also seen his last action - Josh Valentine replaces him at scrum half.
76 mins: It is a disappointing end to the game, the second half has been a poor spectacle. The yellow cards and various injury stoppages have not helped. Although O'Gara suddenly sparks Ireland into life with a chip to the right wing where the lurking Hickie almost gets in for his second try - excellent covering from Latham and Staniforth stops him.
72 mins: Some scrum issues for Ireland to iron out, the Aussie pack is putting pressure on and Giteau and Rogers are finally getting their hands on quality ball. Australia 'A' skipper Al Baxter has replaced Chisolm in the visitors' second row.
69 mins: Peter Stringer is on for Boss, who had a very satisfaction first start for Ireland, particularly in the first half. But worryingly, Marcus Horan has had to be helped off the pitch with a calf injury. Young is back into the action. O'Connell and Rory Best are also off with Malcolm O'Kelly and Frankie Sheahan replacing them.
66 mins: A shoulder charge on Leamy hands a penalty over halfway to Ireland. O'Gara goes for goal but his effort just tails away to the right of the posts. Rathbone has been replaced by Scott Staniforth, who played for Australia 'A' in Limerick in midweek.
64 mins: Only the astute line-kicking of Rogers is keeping the Aussies in the game. They are living off scraps of possession. An O'Callaghan lineout steal sees the Irish pack pumping their legs forward in a maul but the move peters out.
61 mins: Simon Easterby and Marcus Horan are on for Ireland, with Neil Best and Young, who both hardly put a foot wrong, the players to be replaced.
60 mins: IRELAND PENALTY! O'Gara pings over the left-sided penalty to push the Irish advantage out to 15 points - Ireland 21 Australia 6
58 mins: Stephen Moore, who has Irish parents, has come on to replace McIsaac as Australia's hooker. A knock-on by Rathbone who was smashed in a tackle by D'Arcy allows O'Gara another shot at a posts.
56 mins: It is 14 against 13 now, but Ireland, willed on by O'Driscoll, should not be sidetracked. They still have a Test match to win as evidenced by another thumping tackle by flanker Best, this time on Mortlock. It produces a turnover and Murphy clears his lines.
53 mins: Referee Jonker has incredibly sent three players, two Australians, to the sin-bin as some 'handbags' near the Irish line threatened to boil over. Leamy, who was seen squaring up to Latham, has been yellow carded for Ireland, with Rogers and Waugh making the walk to the sidelines for their parts in it.
52 mins: The Aussies have sprung George Smith from the bench, number 8 Palu, who was largely anonymous, makes way.
50 mins: IRELAND PENALTY! The Wallabies are ruled offside at a ruck and O'Gara, with Boss holding the ball upright in the wind, thumps over his second penalty from 40 metres out to restore Ireland's 12-point lead - Ireland 18 Australia 6
45 mins: Good field position for Ireland, just inside the 22, a lineout take by O'Callaghan sets up a maul but a forced pass from O'Gara which is knocked on by O'Driscoll ends their progress. From the resultant Aussie scrum, Boss catches Rocky Elsom with a great tackle.
43 mins: AUSTRALIA PENALTY! Mortlock curls a penalty over, just inside the right post, after Bryan Young was found gulity of a high tackle on Rogers - Ireland 15 Australia 6
41 mins: O'Gara puts the Aussies immediately under pressure with a garryowen but Mark Gerrard does exceptionally well to gather it with a biting wind in his face.
Second Half: Kick-Off: O'Gara restarts with Australia having made one change at the interval - prop Benn Robinson is on for Baxter.
Half-time - IRELAND 15 AUSTRALIA 3
40 mins: IRELAND TRY! Murphy darts in from the right and in around behind the posts for Ireland's second try after a sizzling back line move. It started with Donncha O'Callaghan robbing possession at a lineout, Boss then sprung O'Gara who followed possession brilliantly when linking with O'Driscoll on a scissors move. O'Gara dashed through a gap to offload for Horgan on the right wing and his well-timed inside pass put Murphy away. O'Gara converts and that is half-time. A standing ovation sends the teams in at the break - Ireland 15 Australia 3
37 mins: Leamy is sent into space and links with Wallace as play is brought up into the Australians' 22. Ireland are looking to end the first half on the up.
33 mins: Possession is still mostly Ireland's. Eddie O'Sullivan's men are looking for a chink in the Aussies' defensive armour but the tourists have been well disciplined so far.
28 mins: Big blow for the Wallabies as their playmaker Larkham is forced off with an injury - Mat Rogers is into the fray.
27 mins: IRELAND TRY! O'Gara opted for a crossfield kick from that phase of play and it results in an Irish try! The jinking Denis Hickie did all the hard work, collecting O'Gara's kick out on the left, stepping inside Chris Latham, shrugging off Clyde Rathbone and getting over under the tackles of Larkham and Latham to score. That is the Leinster winger's 26th Test try and quite a way to mark his international return. With Boss holding the ball upright, O'Gara just fails to add the extras - Ireland 8 Australia 3
25 mins: Ireland kick a close-in penalty to the right corner after Wycliff Palu was pinged for holding onto possession on the deck. O'Connell grabs Rory Best's throw and the Irish forwards trundle forward. Isaac Boss, who has been lively so far, finds O'Gara who stumbles slightly as he looks for a team-mate.
22 mins: Hooker Tai McIsaac is struggling to hear the call as he throws in at a lineout, ten metres from the Aussies' line. Mark Chisolm gathers the ball in, but Hayes manages to rip the ball from him and set up an attacking chance for Ireland. The ball is worked away to the right to O'Driscoll who steps inside Lote Tuqiri but when tackled, the ball squirms free from the Irish captain's grasp.
19 mins: Horgan makes a sizeable gain in yardage and the Aussies are offside at a ruck. Tempers flare as O'Gara and Waugh get tangled up. O'Gara taps the penalty and from the next phase, Neil Best barges his way through the middle - Waugh has been clattered to the ground by the Ulster flanker! Some excellent handling from the Irish but the visitors' defence is strong.
17 mins: IRELAND PENALTY! O'Gara sends the penalty over, right-sided from inside the 22, but has a wry smile on his face as his kick barely sneaks over, bouncing through off the right post - Ireland 3 Australia 3
12 mins: Referee Marius Jonker calls for the TV match official as Geordan Murphy lungs in at the right corner - question is did he ground it before Chris Latham got across to bundle him into touch? Did he also have control of the ball, it seemed to squeek from his grasp. Knock-on ruled, no try but the referee is going back for a penalty to Ireland (Guy Shepherdson not rolling away in the tackle).
10 mins: Great spell of pressure from Ireland - it is their first real attack. Ronan O'Gara kicks a penalty to touch, David Wallace takes the lineout and a flurry of phases follows as Ireland probe both left and right. Good hands from backs and forwards, particularly O'Connell, John Hayes and Gordon D'Arcy. A dart from O'Driscoll puts some life into the attack.
7 mins: Mortlock has a second look at the posts, but from just inside the Irish half, the Brumbies man sends his kick to the right and wide. He did have the distance however.
4 mins: AUSTRALIA PENALTY! At the Havelock Square end, Mortlock slots the penalty through the posts from 15 metres out. A swirling wind is behind the Aussies - Ireland 0 Australia 3
3 mins: Solid start from Australia. Possession has almost exclusively been theirs. A knock-on from the retreating Brian O'Driscoll gives the visitors a scrum inside the Irish 22. Hands in the ruck from Paul O'Connell offers Stirling Mortlock an early shot at the posts.
First Half: Kick-Off: It is Stephen Larkham who gets the game underway, his low-hit kick is gathered by Geordan Murphy who kicks the ball to touch, bringing play up towards the halfway line.
3.55pm: The national anthems are belted out by the Celtic Tenors, with the assistance of the Garda Band. Great reception from the home crowd.
3.53pm: On the occasion of his 50th cap, Shane Horgan leads Ireland out. The tension is building at Lansdowne in anticipation of a classic encounter, although the weather looks like having the biggest say on a dark and dismal day in Dublin.
3.52pm: The tracksuited Aussies run out onto the Lansdowne Road pitch. A good smattering of their countrymen and women have travelled over the game which is nice to see.
Pre-Match: Another big one at Lansdowne Road this weekend, Australia are the visitors - the third-ranked team in the world and a side Ireland have not beaten for four years. Ominously for the tourists though, today's weather is exactly as it was in November 2002 when six penalties from Ronan O'Gara saw the Irish to an 18-9 win.
It's a wet, wet, wet welcome to Lansdowne for the Aussies with a blustery wind thrown in for good measure. The teams will line out as selected, that means Isaac Boss and Bryan Young will be making their first starts for Ireland while the experienced duo of Geordan Murphy and Denis Hickie are back in the line-up. That is a total of four changes to the side that beat South Africa 32-15 last Saturday.
Australian coach John Connolly has made three changes in personnel and two positional switches to the team that accounted for Italy, 25-18, in Rome eight days ago. Mark Gerrard, Phil Waugh and Tai McIsaac, who was called in late to replace neck injury-victim Brendan Cannon, are the new inclusions. Stephen Larkham reverts to number 10, while there is a new midfield combination in Lote Tuqiri and tour captain Stirling Mortlock.
IRELAND: Geordan Murphy; Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickie; Ronan O'Gara, Isaac Boss; Bryan Young, Rory Best, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Neil Best, David Wallace, Denis Leamy.
Replacements: Frankie Sheahan, Marcus Horan, Malcolm O'Kelly, Simon Easterby, Peter Stringer, Paddy Wallace, Girvan Dempsey.
AUSTRALIA: Chris Latham; Clyde Rathbone, Lote Tuqiri, Stirling Mortlock (capt), Mark Gerrard; Stephen Larkham, Matt Giteau; Al Baxter, Tai McIsaac, Guy Shepherdson, Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisolm, Rocky Elsom, Phil Waugh, Wycliff Palu.
Replacements: Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson, Al Campbell, George Smith, Josh Valentine, Mat Rogers, Scott Staniforth.
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
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