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  • 13:39

    Hello and welcome to our live blog of the day’s international rugby. Carl O’Malley here, and over the next eight or nine hours I will endeavour to keep you up to date with the goings on in all five games involving touring southern hemisphere sides.

    But, for now, there’s only one place to start. Ireland v South Africa (5.30pm).

    No O’Driscoll, no O’Connell. No Ferris, no Best. No Kearney, no O’Brien, we’re left with the rest.

    No bad thing, perhaps. It’s about time we had a significant reshuffle, so here goes, against South Africa, no less. Chris Henry and Peter O’Mahony get a look in beside captain for the day Jamie Heaslip in the backrow. Keith Earls replaces O’Driscoll at outside centre and O’Connell’s place is taken by Connacht’s Mike McCarthy. Most interesting of all, is the selection of Simon Zebo at fullback in the absence of Kearney.

    He’s got a big boot on’im, we know that, and we know he can move, but it will be interesting to see what he’s like under pressure back there, because he’s going to be tested early today. All in all there are only seven players remaining from the 60-0 hammering at the hands of New Zealand in Hamilton in June.

  • 13:54

    The Springboks are not without their issues either and it’s worth noting they have absentees of their own. Plenty of them, too.  Schalk Burger, Francois Steyn, Fourie Du Preez, Pierre Spies, Andries Bekker, Jaque Fourie, Juan Smith, Bryan Habana, Bismarck du Plessis, Heinrich Brussow and Danie Rossouw. All missing for various reasons, so whatever happens in D4 today should really not be explained away by an overpopulated injury list for the homeside.

    In fact, their misfortune continued this morning with the news that beastly prop Tendai Mtawarira of the Sharks has been replaced by CJ van der Linde after suffering heart palpitations.

  • 13:57
  • 14:03
  • 14:20
    Prop Lorenzo Cittadini has scored a try for the Italians against Tonga but it's the islanders who are looking more dangerous in Brescia. They trail by two after two pens from Fangatapu 'Apikotoa
  • 14:35
    We're nearly underway at Twickenham and Cardiff. 
  • 14:39
    The Pumas strike first in Cardiff where Felipe Contepomi has fired an early penalty over against Wales.

    Tonga have taken a deserved lead in Brescia where Sona Taumalolo has crossed for the visitors. 
  • 14:40
    Still scoreless in London after Metuisela Talebulamaijaina pushed his penalty wide of the upright
  • 14:41
    Leigh Halfpenny has levelled the scores in Cardiff with a penalty.
  • 14:45
    A drop goal from outhalf Nicolas SAnchez has pushed the Pumas back into the lead against Wales.
  • 14:48
    The frontrowers are having a fine time of it in Brescia where it's a 18-16 to the homeside after hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini touched down before Kris Burton added the extras for a two-point lead at the break
  • 14:50
    Danny Care has been sin-binned at Twickenham for a 'spear' tackle. A very soft decision really, it's debatable whether the scrumhalf had the strength to let his opponent down softly.

    In Cardiff, Contepomi has been stretchered off after what looked to have been a very nasty leg injury sustained in a ruck. Rock and a hard place springs to mind.
  • 14:51
    Halfpenny has levelled the scores there. 6-6 in Cardiff after 16 minutes.
  • 14:54
    Still scoreless at Twickenham as England and Fiji go at full pelt but the defences on top so far.
  • 15:00

    14-man England have taken the lead now AND, in fact, as I type Charlie Sharples of Gloucester plotted an unlikely route through the Fijian defence for his first international try.

    He adds to Toby Floods penalty, who then adds the extras from an awkward angle. England, all of a sudden, are 10 points up.

  • 15:03

    Wales centre Jamie Roberts looks a little shaky as he leaves the field in Cardiff following a clattering he took while making a tackle. He's not coming back, as James Hook replaces him.

    That's the two doctors off the pitch in Cardiff now. Let's hope nobody else gets injured.

  • 15:03
    Toby Flood has added a penalty against Fiji. It's 13-0 to the homeside now.
  • 15:04

    Halfpenny has fired over his third penalty against the Pumas. Wales lead 9-6.

  • 15:05
    Back underway in Brescia where Italy lead Tonga 18-16.
  • 15:10
    Fiji captain Deacon Manu sin-binned for persistent infringements (offside) and England, with 10 minutes left in the half now, have a chance to put this one to bed.
  • 15:12
  • 15:14
    Awful stuff from England there as prop Joe Marler butchers a chance to put England in in the corner. They should have this one wrapped up by now, but here's a scrum under the posts.
  • 15:16
    And there's a penalty try for England as the Fiji scrum fails to cope. Extras are booted by Flood
  • 15:17
    Italy have extended their lead to five (21-16) thanks to another Burton penalty.
  • 15:21
    Sharples has touched down after following his beautiful little grubber kick into the corner. It's gone to the TMO but has been disallowed. It touched the flag on the way through and may have touched the sideline in the try zone, but it's not clear which one of those was the reason to rule it out. I would have thought the first. Any rulebook anoraks out there?
  • 15:22
    Half Time in Cardiff. Wales lead Argentina 9-6
  • 15:24
    Ugo Monye has added another try for England. Nothing wrong with that one and they lead 25-0 at the break.
  • 15:29
    A penalty try and Burton conversion has put Italy into a 12-point lead over Tonga, whose chances appear to be fading wtih 15 minutes left.
  • 15:41
    A Fetu'u Vainikolo try has kept Tonga in the hunt against Italy. Just five points in it now in Brescia
  • 15:42
    We're back on in Cardiff and London. It's the former that holds more interest for us at this stage, with the Pumas due here in a fortnight's time.

    A penalty for England has put them 28-0 up against Fiji.
  • 15:44
    Crutches and a full leg support for Contepomi as he takes his seat in the dugout for the second half. Doesn't look good for the good Doctor.

    Nor does it for his team, who have gone six behind to a Halfpenny penalty.
  • 15:47
    In the 52nd minute in Cardiff, Sanchez has added another drop goal. 12-9 now to Wales
  • 15:50
    Tom Johnson has touched down in the corner for England to extend their lead to 33-0. It's all a bit easy for them. Flood adds the conversion from the touchline. Lovely kick from the outhalf.
  • 15:52
    TRY Argentina. Wales trail by four after Halfpenny is left for dead by winger Juan Imhoff, after great offloading from Leguizamon and Lobbe.
  • 15:52
    Sanchez converts from under the posts. 16-12 to the Pumas
  • 15:56
    The Pumas are all over Wales now and there's another try from Camacho. It's gone to the TMO but it has to be. Lovely finish.
  • 15:58
    Lovely take with one hand from the Exeter chiefs winger and he takes the tackle before stretching for the line ahead of being dragged into touch.
  • 15:58
    Sanchez added the extras from the touchline. Pumas lead by 11 now.
  • 16:00
    Fiji got a consolation against England. Nikola Matawalu with the try for the visitors but England struck back immediately with another from Sharples.  42-5 now
  • 16:01
    It's all over in Brescia where Italy have beaten Tonga 28-23.
  • 16:03
    Wales boot a penalty into the corner. They need something from here.
  • 16:03

    But they get nothing as Lobbe comes away with the ball. He's had a powerful second half performance. Everywhere.

  • 16:08
    Argentina are so much better than Wales in possession at this stage. The benefits of their introduction to The Rugby Championship evident in the second half. Wales, however, look rudderless at the moment.
  • 16:10
    'The grass has been a problem', according to Beeb commentator. It's the same for Argentina, counters Jonathan Davies.
  • 16:11
    Sam Warburton looking like an extra from 300 with a cut to his eye. The captain is replaced by Justin Tipuric. Nine minutes for Wales to get back in this.
  • 16:12
    And the task just got tougher as Sanchez converts a penalty. 12-26 in Cardiff
  • 16:14
    Sanchez can put this out of reach now but he needs to boot a monster from halfway.
  • 16:14
    Not an actual monster, you understand.
  • 16:15
    No dice. Halfpenny gathers as it drops short and boots it clear, the Pumas break back and Wales turn it over and counter again.
  • 16:16
    Another try for England against Fiji. This time from Manu Tuilagi. They lead 47-5 now.
  • 16:19
    Rob McCusker absolutely ruins an overlap by thundering into three Pumas metres from the line. And with the turnover goes any chance Wales had of an unlikely comeback.  
  • 16:21
    Fullback Alex Goode has been given the man-of-the-match award for England. It was a lively performance from him, albeit against poor opposition.

    Fernandez Lobbe takes that gong for Argentina. Big game from him
  • 16:22
    Tuilagi has brought England past the half century with his second try. 54-5 with the extras from Owen Farrell
  • 16:25
    It's all over in Cardiff where a win has moved Argentina into seventh, AHEAD of Ireland, accordng to the Beeb. We'll check that out for sure.

    "This is a great win for us, we have been searching for this win for a long time as a group," said Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. "It's a huge honour to get such a win at this stadium, the best stadium in the world."
  • 16:39

    Argentina have not jumped Ireland in the rankings. The Beeb got that one wrong according to our boffins at the Aviva Stadium. And that's where our focus will turn to now because we are just 50 odd minutes from kick off between Ireland and South Africa.

  • 16:41


    IRELAND: Simon Zebo (Munster); Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Keith Earls (Munster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster); Cian Healy (Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Mike Ross (Leinster); Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Donnacha Ryan (Munster); Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster, c)

    Replacements : S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M Bent (Leinster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), I Henderson (Ulster), E Reddan (Leinster), R O’Gara (Munster), F McFadden (Leinster)

  • 16:42

    SOUTH AFRICA: Zane Kirchner (Bulls); J P Pietersen (Sharks), Jaco Taute (Lions), Jean de Villiers (W Province, c), Francois Hougaard (Bulls); Pat Lambie (Sharks), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster); CJ van der Linde (Golden Lions), Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks); Eben Etzebeth (W Province), Juandre Kruger (Bulls); Francois Louw (Bath), Willem Alberts (Sharks), Duane Vermeulen (W Province)

    Replacements : S Brits (Saracens), Heinke van der Merwe (Leinster), P Cilliers (Lions), F van der Merwe (Bulls), M Coetzee (Sharks), M Steyn (Bulls), J de Jongh (W Province), L Mvovo (Sharks.) 

  • 16:46
    Gráinne Hi, you can do the calculations for ranking points on this site:
  • 16:46
    Gráinne According to that site, Argentina are up to 80.29, Wales down to 80.60. If Ireland manage to beat South Africa, they will move ahead of both Argentina and Wales, with South Africa staying in third place.
  • 16:48
    Okay, obviously conflicting opinions on the rankings here. Thanks for that Gráinne
  • 16:56
  • 17:04

    Coverage has kicked off on the old state broadcaster. It's McGurk, Hook, Horgan and Pope in situ.

    Shaggy reckons Zebo is a "brave pick" at fullback.

    And here's Hook...

  • 17:06

    'Irish rugby humiliated by the selection of number 18 Michael Bent', he says, referring to the Kiwi readying himself for his debut after his recent arrival in Dublin.

    Hook also reckons Zebo is a brave selection.

    Any thoughts on Bent, folks?

  • 17:08
    Horgan looking dapper. Slight hint of darker hue to that bonce of his. Hmmmm
  • 17:10
    andy Why is reddan not playing with sexton it just makes sense
  • 17:11
    I agree, Andy. I think it's an odd one. I suppose the argument could be made that Murray offers more physicality than Reddan, but then the counter to that is that, well, better.
  • 17:12
    The almighty BOD is on the Been along with Keith Wood.

    Their take on Bent coming up
  • 17:16
    'It's the optics of it,' says Wood. 'He flies in and gets a jersey.'  Wood is on record on this already. Nothing against Bent, he adds, 'he's entitled to play'.

    Intriguingly, BOD gets to dodge the issue of Bent and moves on to the game, before reverting to the issue when talking about Richardt Strauss, another non-national, starting at hooker for the first time.

    A slightly different case, of course, but BOD's point is basically, 'everyone else is doing it, so why not?'
  • 17:17
    pat zebo is a brave one alright but im confident he will do well, if bent is good enough then fine as we are in a serious state when it comes to tighthead but if hes not there will be serious questions
  • 17:18
    andy It will be interesting to see bent play before any judgement can be made if him
  • 17:21
    We might stay with the Beeb for this one, because Hook is just getting his rant on and Auntie has the Ireland captain and a former Ireland captain.

    BOD: "IF we can get at least parity up front that can set the foundations for the backline to do something. I think we need to get the ball into the Keith Earls' hands (his replacement) and Tommy Bowe because going forward there are few better in world rugby."
  • 17:23
    Now the Beeb introduce Rob Kearney. RTE look a beaten docket here.

    On his replacement, Zebo, he says: "He's good in the air, he's got a big left boot."
  • 17:23
    andy If he plays a blinder we will love him
  • 17:23
    pat spot on by BOD in my opinion
  • 17:25

    "Even though we have a lot of injuries you might see a few guys put in huge performances," adds BOD.

    He seems confident.

    Michael D being introduced to the teams there, wearing his Napolean heels, no doubt.

  • 17:26
    Confident might be the wrong word for O'Driscoll's demeanour, but I'm not sure what the right word is either.
  • 17:29

    Well, if nothing else, young Zebo can belt out a choon. Top of his lungs for Amhrán na bhFiann. Strauss endears himself to Paddies everywhere with his rendition as well!!!

    Very impressive from the South African.

  • 17:29
    andy We have it in us to play a good game its a young team who knows what they are going to do
  • 17:34
    And we're off. Good catch under pressure from Zebo, but he fails to find touch with a first kick clear.
  • 17:35
    Big hit from Ireland's Strauss there. 

    Great take from Bowe after Kirschner puts one up in the air and Ireland win the penalty from Wayne Barnes after SA fail to roll away.

    Strauss needs treatment for a bloody god. Cronin is on in his stead.
  • 17:36
    First lineout for Ireland after Sexton gets Ireland to within five metres.
  • 17:36
    Cronin up straight away here.
  • 17:37
    Penalty Ireland after Boks made contact with man in the air. That man was Jamie Heaslip and Sexton will shoot for the posts here.
  • 17:37
    The Leinster outhalf is on the 22, to the right of the posts.
  • 17:38
    Takes his time, as is his wont, but boots his first effort over and it's 3-0 Ireland.
  • 17:39
    Chris Henry takes the restart and sets it up for Murray's box kick. Kirschner runs it back and Gordon D'Arcy tackles.

    Penalty Ireland after Adriaan Strauss (Richardt's cousin) is isolated.

    Sexton finds touch.
  • 17:40
    Guest When are they going to do away with Irelands call? - such an embarassment to have two anthems before each game too much waiting!
  • 17:41
    Can't agree with that. It's only at home too. There's an Ulster contingent too, y'know.
  • 17:42
    Sloppy throw from Cronin but the Springboks clear their lines and are then called offside, so Sexton has another shot at the posts.  A lot further out this time, but more central
  • 17:42
    It's over. Ireland lead by 6 after 11 minutes.
  • 17:43
    andy Solid scrum by ireland
  • 17:44
    It was, Andy. They have looked steady enough so far in all aspects of their game.
  • 17:44
    Springboks claim their first lineout but are penalised for a forward pass and it's a scum to Ireland.
  • 17:44

    Right on the halfway. Chance for a setpiece move here.

  • 17:46
    They do try one with Murray making a decoy run and Heaslip feeding Sexton. His pass to Earls was forward, though, and the Boks get possession and the advantage. Donnacha Ryan penalised for not rolling away though.

    Boks find touch on Irish 22.
  • 17:47
    Lineout goes wrong for the Boks and Ireland counter but Trimble's kick ahead is blocked into touch. The visitors have had a sloppy start here, but Ireland have not really taken advantage yet.
  • 17:48
    Boks steal the lineout and head up field with Pietersen. Sexton is down injured after tackling the winger.

    Penalty Boks, after Mike McCarthy is called offside.
  • 17:49
    17 min:  All eyes on Sexton here, as he receives treatment. 

    Lambie stands over the penalty and Sexton is up on his feet.
  • 17:49
    Pat Lambie fires over the first points for the Boks.
  • 17:51
    Good phase play from Ireland here, with Zebo, Bowe and Healy featuring prominently and Ireland win a penalty within shooting distance for Sexton. Boks playing the ball while offside.
  • 17:52
    Wide enough on the right for Sexton as he sizes it up.
  • 17:53
    And he knocks it over to restore the six-point lead.  

    Philip Matthews reckons 'South Africa are here for the taking'.
  • 17:55
    22 minutes gone as Ireland win another penalty for another infringement at the breakdown. They's letting themselves down in that area, with Ireland's Chris Henry making a nuisance of himself.
  • 17:57
    O'Mahony takes a few Boks on now and Ireland probe. Healy's been in a bit of a scuffle with someone and Ireland look a little lost for ideas as they get pinged by Barnes on the halfway.

    They were going backwards there for a while and it was coming.
  • 17:57
    Lambie stands over this one, just on the right side of the halfway.
  • 17:58
    Just wide of the target.
  • 17:58
    Kearney thinks "we're on top", from where he's standing/sitting/crouching.

  • 18:01
    Lovely step from Keith Earls but he's swallowed up to concede a penalty. South Africa go for the line out and win it but Ireland have it back and break with intent after a quick Murray tap. Lovely take by Zebo, then Ryan runs over an opponent. 

    Boks offside as Sexton is collared. Penalty for the outhalf.
  • 18:03
    Sexton was again receiving treatment but he's back on his feet for this kick at goal. Again it's from the right, not normally favoured by a right-footer but it hasn't bothered him so far.
  • 18:03
    It's good. 100 per cent record for Sexton and Ireland have a nine-point lead.
  • 18:05

    It's all getting hairy here after Pietersen hit Henry with a disgracefully early challenge at full tilt. Looked nasty on the replay and the winger goes to the bin.
  • 18:07
    Sexton clears for Ireland but tight angle meant he didn't get much distance. Strauss misses his man and it goes forward from the Boks. Ireland have it back.

    South Africa really rattled here, it seems.
  • 18:08
    Solid scrum from Ireland and they win the penalty. Sexton finds touch between the Boks 22 and hte halfway.
  • 18:08
    34 minutes gones
  • 18:09
    Ryan takes it cleanly, Murray kicks and Pienaar claims the mark in the 22.
  • 18:11

    Ireland take the lineout again and probe before Kirchner takes a high ball and Lambie slices his clearance. A Lambie shank, perhaps.

  • 18:11

    Clean take from Ireland and the maul moves forward. Advantage Ireland

  • 18:12
    Strauss comes away with it and it goes wide but Earls' pass is forward and it's back for the penalty on the left. Very wide for Sexton but the way he's been kicking...
  • 18:14
    ....ahem, he's missed it. Just wide on the near side and the lead is still nine.
  • 18:14
    Last few seconds of the half. O'Mahony claims but Ireland pinged for holding on.
  • 18:15
    andy Not bad we have the beating of them you can tell when the boks are rattled they are so predictable so far
  • 18:16
    Indeed, but they have a chance here. Sort of. A penalty for Pienaar from inside his own half. This will need to be huge because he's not central either.
  • 18:17
    Nope, he drops it short. Ireland lead 12-3 at the break
  • 18:19
    Here's Rob Kearney, looking sharp, as always.

    "We're going really well.... we're trying to play rugby.  There's a lot of question marks over them (SA). They must up their game in the second half"
  • 18:21
    Woody says it's been "lacklustre" all the way with a "little bit of effort" from the homeside.

    BOD says it's a bit of a "non-affair" but Ireland have kicked well in possession. "A really impressive aspect to our game".
  • 18:23
    Universal praise for Sexton and his right boot and Ireland's play at the breakdown.
  • 18:24

    Meanwhile, on RTE, Hook and the lads are bemused by the Boks. 

    "It's Ireland 12, pussycats 3," says McGurk before the break.

  • 18:26
    That tackle is back on the Beeb.

    "He had no idea where the ball was, he had only had eyes for Chris Henry and he deserved his 10 minutes in the bin," says O'Driscoll.
  • 18:27
    "CJ van der Linde is over the top", says Hook, back in Montrose, by which he means he's past it. "This crowd wouldn't knock the skin off a custard."
  • 18:29
    Anyhow, that's the interesting stuff over, back to the game.

    Lambie is still there, having had very little impact from outhalf so far.

    All three panellists in Montrose reckon Morne Steyn should be on at #10
  • 18:29
    andy I think jp knew what he was doing not the first time he did that during the game just the most obvious
  • 18:30
    Lambie to get us underway
  • 18:31
    Ireland gather and clear through Zebo. They have it back on the 10 metre line. McCarthy drives forward and Sexton goes high. Bowe knocks it on and Pienaar runs it back.
  • 18:33
    McCarthy puts in a big tackle on Etzebeth but the penalty is for the Boks as Healy heads off for a concussion assessment. David Kilcoyne wins his first cap and Ireland are on the back foot as South AFrica kick for the corner and win the lineout.
  • 18:34
    The Boks maul for the line and Strauss looks for the line, but after three offences in defence the penalty is awarded and Heaslip goes to the bin. Not a good start for the homeside.
  • 18:34
    Shelley Fingers crossed that Ireland have a strong half, secure the win, and don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!
  • 18:35
    Here come South Africa again and they have another penalty. Pienaar takes it quickly and Strauss heads for the posts.
  • 18:36
    Pienaar might be over here. It's with the TMO but it looks good. Or bad, depending on your point of view.
  • 18:37
    That's been given and the conversion from Lambie will make it a two-point game all of a sudden. 

    Healy returns but Ireland still a man down.
  • 18:39
    Ireland in possession on the halfway and Murray kicks forward but too easy for Pietersen to mark.
  • 18:40
    O'Mahony claims the lineout again, he's been good, and then he takes it forward again. 

    Sexton opts to go across field for Trimble but Hougaard claims and clears. Trimble knocks it into touch. Back foot again for Ireland.
  • 18:42
    Boks on the run again as Ireland struggle to contain them. Etzebeth heads for the line but the ball goes loose and Trimble clears.  Great work by Healy who ripped that ball away.
  • 18:43
    Etzebeth, best for Boks so far, perhaps, takes and it's out to Pietersen. Ireland tackling well though.
  • 18:44
    O'Mahony concedes a penalty for not releasing and the Boks can take the lead here. Right in front of the posts.
  • 18:44
    Lambie converts and Ireland trail by one.
  • 18:45
    Well, that didn't last long. Ireland need to get back on the wagon here. Heaslip iss about to return.
  • 18:45
    Deep restart and Kirchner clears. Ireland lineout.
  • 18:46
    Ryan take and D'arcy heads up field. The back three combine before McCarthy takes it on and then Heaslip. Zebo spins out of trouble well and D'Arcy brings it forward.
  • 18:47
    Strauss tries to break through the Boks cover. Everyone involved here, it's good from Ireland as they gradually make ground.
  • 18:48
    It all comes to nothing as D'arcy and Bowe penalised for going off their feet.
  • 18:51
    57 min: Boks are back in Irish territory now but they turn it over and Bowe kicks ahead. The Irishman is taken late, according to the touch judge. Looked harsh initially but I think it was probably the right call. Tackled moved after the ball was kicked.
  • 18:51
    Sexton takes it to halfway as McFadden replaces Trimble
  • 18:53
    Penalty Ireland after Boks offside. Earls and Zebo showing good feet in those phases there.  Sexton has a decent shot at goal here for the lead.
  • 18:54
    Actually it's not that decent. It's miles away. The perils of typing while watching, or not, as the case maybe.
  • 18:54
    Sexton just drops it short. Sorry for the false hope there.
  • 18:55
    18 minutes left and Andy, you have got your way. Here's Reddan for Murray.
  • 18:57

    Ireland on the front foot again, with McCarthy and Strauss making ground. 

    Ross takes it into contact, and again moments later but Ireland are penalised for not playing it immediately from the maul. 

  • 18:58
    Donncha O'Callaghan readying himself for action, making way is Ryan.
  • 18:59
    Leinster's van der Merwe replaces van der Linde for the Boks.  He'll be up against teammate Mike Ross
  • 18:59
    Ireland pinged after the scrum goes down on Ross's side. Well, that settles that one then.
  • 19:01
    Lambie finds touch on the halffway as Willem Alberts makes way for Marcel Coetzee. 

    Strauss with the lineout and again Etzebeth claims but O'Mahony is penalised for taking him in the air. 

    Another sight of the posts from Lambie.
  • 19:02
    This has really descended into a pretty awful game, with Lambie among the most guilty. He drops his kick well short. Still one point in it.
  • 19:03
    13 minutes remain as Juandre Kruger knocks on. Ryan is back on for O'Callaghan. That was a blood sub.
  • 19:05
    Scrum Ireland deep in their half and Ross goes down, or does he?  Van der Merwe got away with that one. 

    Either way, Lambie has an easier shot at the posts now and he makes no mistake.
  • 19:06
    Bent is coming on for Ireland to sort out van der Merwe. He'll be an instant hero if he can sort this out.
  • 19:09
    SUBS: Former Taranaki prop Bent on for Ross, Iain Henderson on for O'Mahony. 

    Two debuts there and Bent holds up the first scrum and face plants van der Merwe in the second.

    Sexton finds touch just outside the 22.
  • 19:09
    andy Think we like bent now
  • 19:10
    Healy brings Ireland forward and Ryan takes it on into the 22. Zebo is tackled by De Villiers and Coetzee hits hard as well. Ireland back where they started.
  • 19:11
    Penalty Boks. Barnes gives Lambie carte blanche to clear Boks lines.
  • 19:11
    Shelley I was worried the 2nd half would be like this. I still have hope that we can slot a few penalties or score a converted try to take this!
  • 19:12
    Cronin is on for Strauss, while O'Gara comes on for D'Arcy, presumably releasing Sexton to move to inside centre.
  • 19:13
    Pietersen knocks forward and it's an Irish put in just shy of their 10m line.
  • 19:14
    SA go early and Heaslip goes quickly but it flies out of Zebo's grasp in the tackle and the Boks have it back.
  • 19:15
    It has really fizzled out in this second half for Ireland.
  • 19:15
    Three minutes left
  • 19:15
    Scrum reset as turf disappears underfoot.
  • 19:17
    SA try their luck but Keith Earls turns it over and Ireland have one last chance here
  • 19:18
    Boks give away a penalty. Thye have been told they have time for the linout so it's booted long.
  • 19:18
    Into added time here as Cronin prepares to throw. 

  • 19:20
    Heaslip wins, out to Sexton, Zebo and back to Bowe.

    It's chipped over the top and then gathered gratefully by Pietersen, who runs it out to herald the final whistle. A limp way to end the day, really.
  • 19:20
    andy What the hell just happened there
  • 19:22
    I'm not sure, it was a strange decision to chip over. Was it Reddan? I have to admit I missed the culprit so didn't mention him.
  • 19:23
    We'll have a match report from John O'Sullivan shortly and hopefully some reaction from the Ireland camp.
  • 19:23
    I say hopefully, but we will have reaction from the Ireland camp.
  • 20:10
    In Paris, it's 3-3 after 10 minutes, thanks to penalties from Fredi Michalak and Mike Harris.
  • 20:17
    Louis Picamoles has crossed for France and Michalak added the extras. 10-3 to the homeside.
  • 20:39
    Another penalty from Harris has closed the gap to four.
  • 20:46
    Two more Michalak penalties sees France lead by 10 at the break. 16-6 at the Stade de France.
  • 21:23
    France have moved into a commanding 17-point lead, thanks to a try from Wesley Fofana and the conversion from Michalak.
  • 21:55
    It's all over in Paris and France have beaten Australia by 33 points to six. A shocking result for the Wallabies, a formidable scalp for Les Bleus.
  • 22:24
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