Australia v Ireland

Ireland begin their three-Test series against Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane

Gavin Cummiskey Sat, Jun 9
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  • Gavin Cummiskey here for the next two hours. All Blacks just picked open French. Ireland v Wallabies should be tighter.
  • Joe Schmidt on Joey Carbery: "He needs to make pertinent decisions at the right time to guide others around the park. He needs to build on that facet of his game."

    Carbery at 10
  • Joey can expect "a lot of attention from Hooper and Pocock today," says Jamie Heaslip on Sky Sports.

    IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Robbie Henshaw(Buccaneers/Leinster), Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster), Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster), John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), James Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster, capt) Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster).
  • Bench seems key for Ireland.

    Replacements: Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster), Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster).

  • Sexton and front row subs - Healy, Cronin, Furlong - will almost certainly be needed to see off a decent Wallaby side.
  • Interesting Michael Cheika piece this week:
  • Aussie bench not so intimidating but star names in key slots - Folau and Pocock are best mates.

    AUSTRALIA: Israel Folau (Waratahs); Marika Koroibete (Rebels), Samu Kerevi (Reds), Kurtley Beale (Waratahs), Dan Haylett-Petty (Rebels); Bernard Foley (Waratahs), Will Genia (Rebels); Scott Sio (Brumbies), Brandon Paenga-Amosa (Reds), Sekope Kepu (Waratahs), Izack Rodda (Reds), Adam Coleman (Rebels), David Pocock (Brumbies), Michael Hooper (Waratahs, capt), Caleb Timu (Reds).

    Replacements: Tolu Latu (Waratahs), Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies), Taniela Tupou (Reds), Rob Simmons (Waratahs), Lukhan Tui (Reds), Pete Samu (Brumbies), Nick Phipps (Waratahs), Reece Hodge (Rebels).
  • This will matter...

    Referee: Mariuks van der Westhuizen (South Africa).
  • Schmidt on TV: "It wouldn't surprise me if Timu and Kepu come down Joey Carbery's channel early on."

    Carbery is a solid defender but a 123kg Fijian prop caused him plenty of hassle this season.
  • In Ulster news...

    CEO Shane Logan walked yesterday while Paddy Jackson was signed by Perpignan.
  • Nobody wants to be the Ulster 10 right now.
    Quade Cooper anyone?
  • Cheika banned Dre Beats pre game.

    "Arnie was right about Skynet."
  • No Garry Ringrose today. Schmidt goes with Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw.

    Jordan Larmour is the wild card at No. 23
  • Will Genia is still only 30. It was 2011 when Stephen Ferris man handled him in Auckland. Light years ago... Pre-Schmidt.
  • Danger. The Irish defence, like any defence, can be ripped open by Beale and Folau.
    Henshaw and Aki must be airtight.
  • No Dan Leavy today. Pity. Jordi Murphy get huge opportunity to prove his worth at the breakdown.
  • What could have been:
  • Weird opening in Suncorp stadium. "Elders" talking about "tribes."
  • For those coming very late....

    Kearney; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; CARBERY, Murray.
    McGrath, Herring, John Ryan, Iain Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O''Mahony capt, Jordi Murphy, CJ Stander.

  • Rob Kearney doesn't even bother contesting kick off with Folau.
  • Pure Aussie Rules catch from Folau. He's invincible in the air.
  • Peter O'Mahony steals lineout.
    Folau wipes Kearney in the air. Massive.
    Folau 2-0 Kearney.

    Pen Australia.
  • Bernard Foley penalty makes it 3-0.
    3rd min.

    Kearney done for hitting Folau in the air.
  • Koroibete smashes Murray in tackle. The Limerick scrumhalf climbs to his feet. Wallaby scrum. Folau at first receiver...

    Henshaw turnover.
  • 6 mins: Wallabies 3-0 Ireland
    Foley pen.
  • Conor Murray HIA?
  • James Ryan shoulder into Murray face puts Ireland 9 under pressure to convince medic he is able to continue.
  • Ireland frontrow goes up and out. Murray gets the ball away. Beale empties Murray on the loop. Wallabies clear their lines.

    9 mins: Aussie 3-0 Ireland.
  • James Ryan puts a nice tackle on Coleman. Looked to hurt his shoulder. Long, long season.
  • Wallaby defence coach Nathan Grey has already earned his wages. Michael Hooper smashes Carbery on the gainline. Sore.
  • 13 mins: Australia 3-0 Ireland.
    Penalty Ireland under the posts. Kurtley Beale offside. Easy kick for Joey Carbery.
  • 14 mins: Australia 3-3 Ireland.
  • James Ryan shows complete dominance in collision with Australia hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa. Perfect turnover.
  • First quarter almost done. Australia look what they are: an average rugby team with three world class players. Very beatable.

    Ireland 3-3 Australia
  • Jacob Stockdale can defend!
    Henshaw gets done by Beale but Koroibete is denied a try in corner by the Ulster winger.
  • Peter O'Mahony has shown up. Excellent in lineout and just ruined clean Wallaby possession near Irish try line. Turnover.
  • No HIAs today?

    Dan Haylett-Petty elbow catches Keith Earls in mid air. Earls on deck.
  • HIA stands for "Head Injury Assessment."
  • The Carbery (Sexton) loop puts Stockdale outside the cover. Earls tries to chip Folau. The Wallaby fullback blocks it into touch.

    Earls leaves for HIA. The blood around ear was a giveaway.
  • Perfect steal by Pocock. Mariuks van der Westhuizen disagrees. Penalty to Ireland. Poor refereeing.

    26 mins: Australia 3-6 Ireland.
    Carbery 2 pens.
  • Marius does Coleman for being ahead of Bernard Foley restart. Ireland scrum on halfway.
  • Bundee Aki is having a grand time. Stockdale looks like Denis Hickie 2.0. Ireland are a superior team.
  • Samu Kerevi leaves the shoulder in on Carbery.
  • Larmour is still on for Earls (HIA). Not much point putting the kid up against Dan Haylett-Petty in the air. Wallabies back field should be moved about not challenged.
  • Wallaby turnover leads to try for Bernard Foley.
  • Ireland need to change their tactics or they'll lose to this average Wallaby outfit.

    35 mins: Australia 8-6 Ireland
    Foley misses conversion.
  • Poor Carbery restart is gathered by Folau.
  • Stockdale keeps trying to recreate the Twickenham try.
    Meanwhile, Rob Kearney is having a slight shocker.
  • Half-time:
    Australia 8-6 Ireland B

  • Keith Earls who featured in the next attack after being allowed play on after a head knock has, according to Aussie TV, failed the HIA.
    Larmour stays on.
  • Bernard Foley try very avoidable.
    Joey Carbery doing ok.
    Irish tactics (kicking) not working but they ain't going to change.
  • Bernard Foley is getting "Ireland on the edge" says Heaslip on telly.
    Kurtley Beale tearing it up.

  • Fijian winger Koroibete only denied a try by sensational Stockdale defence (not a typo).
  • HT
    Australia 8-6 Ireland
    (first time Schmidt's team have trailed at interval all season).
  • Bigmac Why are aust so average?? They look pretty good to me.
  • Some half-time reading:
  • If Marika Koroibete gets anymore air time take it that Ireland are struggling.
  • Bad clearance by Joey Carbery. Does not find touch. Pressure.
  • Heard about James Ryan?
    The 21 year old just picked a lovely line and flung an offload to Jordi Murphy....ends up with CJ Stander carrying over the Wallaby try line.
  • TMO
  • No try
  • Dan Haylett-Petty holds up CJ Stander over try line.
    42 mins: Australia 8-6 Ireland.

    Irish scrum...

  • Ireland clock up 10 plus phases in the Wallaby 22.
  • David Pocock turnover. Gets over Henshaw and locks onto ball. Brilliant openside play.
  • 45 mins: Australia 8-6 Ireland.
  • Wallabies offside. Penalty. O'Mahony points at uprights as Carbery lines up his third shot at goal.
  • Carbery miss. Central enough penalty about 45 metres out and the Munster outhalf cannot give Ireland the lead. Costly.

    Australia 8-6 Ireland.
  • Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy enter the fray.
  • Bernard Foley gives Ireland a route back into Wallaby territory with a punt out on the full.
  • Pete Samu rolls into test rugby, via New Zealand, to make a big play: turnover. Aussie penalty. Play shifts into Irish territory.
  • Marius does Pocock for the second time. "Your first action..." Did he support his body weight?

    Again, bad refereeing.

    Carbery should put Ireland in front.
  • Carbery penalty (3 from 4)

    55 min: Australia 8-9 Ireland.
  • And Carbery is gone. 55 minutes. Average performance: missed a key penalty, missed touch.

    Sexton is in.
  • Iain Henderson and James Ryan - the greatest Irish locking partnership since Willie John McBride and An Another. Better than O'Connell and O'Kelly.
  • Conor Murray break!
    Conor Murray grubber goes dead.
  • 60 minute mark coming up. Sexton, Furlong and Healy are in the game. Ireland lead 9-8. They should move through the gears and make it 1-0 in series.
  • Best player on the pitch is a dead heat between David Pocock and James Ryan. Both outstanding.
  • Folau try off Bundee Aki turnover.
  • 60 mins: Australia 13-9 Ireland
    Folau try.
  • Aki got flipped in possession, Kurtley Beale drifted across the field to put Folau over in the corner...Hang on
  • Wait. No try.
    Adam Coleman hit Iain Henderson without the ball.
    Miles up field.
    TMO makes massive call.

    Hooper: "It has no effect on the try."
    Marius: "It is fould play. It is what it is."
  • 61 mins: Australia 8-9 Ireland.

    Brisbane crowd not liking the South African ref. Harsh.
  • Peter O'Mahony asks Marius van der Westhuizen to look at a hit on Furlong as The Fields of Athenry rings around Suncorp.
  • Ben Skeen is the TMO. Ireland just done for a neck roll. Sean Cronin on Hooper. "Didn't finish him off" so no sin bin.
  • 64 mins: Australia 8-9 Ireland.

    Larmour almost snatched an 80 metre intercept try.
  • Quinn Roux has arrived for Henderson.
  • Henshaw boot lace tackle denies Folau. Heavy Wallaby pressure now.
  • 66 mins: Crisis averted. Peter O'Mahony is down, dazed. Samu Kerevi drops the ball in sight of try line. Bad error. Ireland scrum.

    Australia 8-9 Ireland.
  • Pocock stat: 19 tackles, two turnovers, two terrible refereeing decisions to deny him two more.
  • Australia scrum just minced Ireland A on five metre line. Game changer. Bernard Foley has easy kick to give Aussies the lead.
  • 69 mins: Australia 11-9 Ireland
    Foley pen.

    The Ireland scrum is creaking.
  • Last time Sexton lost a game?
    First test v NZ last summer.

    Last time James Ryan lost a game?
  • Australia penalty after Stockdale is mugged near Irish line. Folau was magnificent in the air, again.

    Stockdale done for what James Lowe is allowed to do every game: release ball and you can get up and play on.

    Marius says no.
  • Easy to say this but the referee has been very poor.
  • 71 mins: Pocock try.
  • Australia 16-9 Ireland.
    Wallabies deserve it after battering the Irish defence.
    As it stands, Schmidt has got the team selection wrong.
  • Bernard Foley conversion makes it 18-9 (74th minute).
    Pocock and Folau have both been sensational.
  • Oh!
    Folau gets caught in possession, Henshaw fly hacks, Larmour gathers like a genius but the ball trickles loose.
  • Ireland need two scores.
  • 75 mins: Bundee Aki breaks the line but Marius drives Murray nuts with knock on call.
  • Conor Murray refuses to stop complaining so Marius the Ref turns it into a penalty. The Wallaby on the ground clearly disrupts Murray's pick up.
  • Email incoming for World Rugby referee chief from Joe Schmidt.
    Subject: Marius van der Westhuizen
    (18 pages)

    Cheika will probably do something similar in press conference.
  • 78 mins: Australia 18-9 Ireland.
  • The Wallabies have this sorted.
    Sexton just went down holding his ribs. Good night, and good luck.
  • Australia 1-0 Ireland.
  • "Yeah I know."

    Marius van der Westhuizen tries to tell Sexton the rules. Amateur hour.
  • The game is over, the test lost but Ireland are trying to steal a late try.
  • Marmion try.
  • 82 mins: Australia 18-14 Ireland with Sexton conversion to come.
  • Wait, TMO and van der Westhuizen having a little look.
  • Ireland out muscled, out thought and out classed (Folau) by an average Wallaby side.
  • Gavin Cumisky. Thank you so much for great commentary, even if we didn't get desired result ☹️
  • Full-time:
    Australia 18-9 Ireland
    (Marmion try disallowed for a knock on).
  • Breaking: James Ryan loses a game.