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Saturday 23 June 2018, 6:00am EDT

Australia v Ireland

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Marika Koroibete
  • TRY!CJ Stander
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Yellow CardIsrael Folau
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • Yellow CardJacob Stockdale
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • KO


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Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Australia T C P
15 Israel Folau 0 0 0
14 Dane Haylett-Petty 0 0 0
13 Samu Kerevi 0 0 0
12 Kurtley Beale 0 0 0
11 Marika Koroibete 1 0 0
10 Bernard Foley 0 1 3
9 Nick Phipps 0 0 0
1 Scott Sio 0 0 0
2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa 0 0 0
3 Sekope Kepu 0 0 0
4 Izack Rodda 0 0 0
5 Adam Coleman 0 0 0
6 Lukhan Tui 0 0 0
7 Michael Hooper 0 0 0
8 David Pocock 0 0 0
16 Silatolu Latu 0 0 0
17 Tom Robertson 0 0 0
18 Taniela Tupou 0 0 0
19 Rob Simmons 0 0 0
20 Ned Hanigan 0 0 0
21 Peter Samu 0 0 0
22 Joe Powell 0 0 0
23 Reece Hodge 0 0 0
Ireland T C P
15 Rob Kearney 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 0 0 0
13 Robbie Henshaw 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 0 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 0 5
9 Conor Murray 0 0 0
1 Jack McGrath 0 0 0
2 Niall Scannell 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 Devin Toner 0 0 0
5 James Ryan 0 0 0
6 CJ Stander 1 0 0
7 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
8 Jack Conan 0 0 0
16 Rob Herring 0 0 0
17 Cian Healy 0 0 0
18 John Ryan 0 0 0
19 Tadhg Beirne 0 0 0
20 Jordi Murphy 0 0 0
21 Kieran Marmion 0 0 0
22 Ross Byrne 0 0 0
23 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0


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  • FULL TIME - What a way to finish a magnificent Test series!  In front of a record crowd at Allianz Stadium, these two sides have put on a brilliant display with the series coming right down to the wire.  Ireland had the better of the first half and took a narrow lead into the break but Australia threw everything at the visitors in the second stanza.  It took a late penalty goal to Johnny Sexton to finally snuff out the challenge with Ireland scoring a thrilling 20-16 victory over Australia and recording an historic 2-1 Test series victory.
  • After a lengthy deliberation, there is no clear evidence that Jacob Stockdale got a finger on the ball and so Ireland have won the test match!
  • Time is up on the clock!  But there is late drama with the TMO called on to rule as to whether Jacob Stockdale has deliberately knocked the ball forward - if he has, the penalty will go to Australia however, if he hasn't, Ireland have won the Test match!
  • With ice running through his veins, Johnny Sexton coolly slots the penalty goal to give Ireland a 4 point advantage with less than a minute left on the clock.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Ireland (Johnny Sexton) 20-16 Ireland
  • Second successive penalty to Ireland!  It's within range and so Johnny Sexton will line up to extend the visitors' lead with just over three minutes left on the clock.
  • Penalty to Ireland!  Israel Folau has been penalised for a deliberate knock down and so Johnny Sexton will kick for touch, taking play over the half way line and into Australian territory.
  • We have a break in play with Johnny Sexton down on the turf - the star fly-half gets to his feet and looks set to play out the final five minutes of the Test match.
  • Scrum feed to Ireland!  The visitors have possession right on half way with a touch over 6 minutes left on the clock - what a finish to what has been a gripping contest!
  • A lucky break for the Wallabies with the field opening up for Ireland down the right hand side however the visitors have put a boot into touch.
  • Ireland attempt to make a bust down the left hand side and have reached half way - they haven't seen much of the ball in recent times but have a chance here to make up some valuable territory.
  • Possession back with Ireland!  With the defence starting to open up, Bernard Foley can't hang onto the low pass from Joe Powell and a golden opportunity for the Wallabies has been lost.
  • MISS! The penalty goal attempt from Bernard Foley teases the left hand post before sliding away and the flags stay down - this Test match is on a knife-edge with Ireland leading by the narrowest of margins.
  • Successive penalties to Australia - Israel Folau is taken high in the tackle by Robbie Henshaw and so Bernard Foley will line up from a tight angle to try and put the Wallabies into the lead.
  • Joe Powell with the pick and drive doesn't make much ground but manages to clear the ball out - the Wallabies have managed to inch their way inside Ireland's 22.
  • Penalty to Australia in the scrum - the Irish front row are penalised for angling in giving the Wallabies a chance to kick for field position.
  • The Wallabies are rewarded for a couple of solid tackles in midfield with a scrum feed after the visitors lost the ball forward on contact.
  • Ireland with the scrum feed just inside their 22 after a forward pass from Australia.
  • Penalty to the Wallabies!  The distance is beyond Bernard Foley and so he kicks for touch to give the hosts excellent field position inside Ireland's half.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Australia (Bernard Foley) 17-16 Ireland
  • Australia finally find a way through!  Bernard Foley goes to the toe with a perfectly weighted grubber kick for the run of Marika Koroibete - the winger takes on the defence and, with enormous strength, he crashes through the tackle and over the line to score.
  • Try
    TRY! Australia (Marika Koroibete) 17-14 Ireland
  • You can but the air with a knife at Allianz Stadium at the moment - the Wallabies are controlling possession but are struggling to break down this well-organised Irish defence.
  • Australia recycle through 10 phases but the movement is static - the Wallabies spread to the right but Israel Folau can't haul in the ball.  Fortunately for the hosts, Ireland have been penalised for offside.
  • Penalty to the Wallabies right in front of the posts!  The hosts make a brave call by turning down a shot at the posts, and a certain three points, and instead Bernard Foley will kick for touch in the corner.
  • A lull in play with the scrum reset after Bernard Foley took his eye off the ball and spilled the pass.
  • Adam Coleman has finally succumbed to injury and will be replaced by Rob Simmons.
  • MISS! The conversion attempt from Johnny Sexton is off line but Ireland lead now by a game high 8 points early in the second half.
  • Ireland crash over for the first try of the match!  A superbly executed set piece play from the 5m line out with the throw going deep - after securing possession, the forwards pile in and it is CJ Stander who finds the chalk for the visitors.
  • Try
    TRY! Ireland (CJ Stander) 17-9 Ireland
  • Injury concerns here for the Wallabies with Adam Coleman in plenty of discomfort after falling awkwardly after the maul collapsed - he gets to his feet and will continue but is not moving freely.
  • Penalty to Ireland!  The replay shows that there wasn't much in the Adam Coleman incident and just a penalty has been awarded to Ireland - Johnny Sexton will kick for the corner to pile more pressure on the Australian defence.
  • Potentially more disciplinary issues here for Australia with the TMO to have a look at a late shoulder charge from Adam Coleman.
  • Ireland controlling possession in the opening exchanges before a brilliant kick from Johnny Sexton drives the Wallabies all the way back to their own line.
  • SECOND HALF - Johnny Sexton kicks off for Ireland and the second half is underway - it all comes down to the next 40 minutes!
  • HALF TIME - A gripping first half comes to an end in Sydney!  Neither side are giving an inch in a brutal contest which produced two yellow cards and has seen both skippers suffering match-ending injuries.  With the respective fly-halves trading penalty goals, it is Ireland holding a narrow 12-9 advantage over Australia at half time.
  • Johnny Sexton drives the ball straight between the uprights and, on the back of that kick, Ireland are back into the lead!
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Ireland (Johnny Sexton) 12-9 Ireland
  • Superb play once again from Ireland - this time the visitors have drawn a penalty from the restart and so Johnny Sexton will line up the posts with the final action of the first half.
  • Bernard Foley makes no mistake with his kick with just enough time for the restart.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Australia (Bernard Foley) 9-9
  • Australia attempt the rolling maul but are making no progress in the face of some excellent Irish defence - the Wallabies go left and have drawn a penalty well within kicking range after Kurtley Beale was caught high in the tackle.
  • There's bad news from the sidelines for Ireland with Peter O’Mahony failing his HIA meaning the skippers on both sides are now out of the match.
  • From dead in front of the posts, Johnny Sexton rams home his penalty goal attempt to put Ireland back into the lead.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Ireland (Johnny Sexton) 9-6 Ireland
  • TMO - Ireland are claiming a try to Conor Murray hard up against the padding at the base of the post but the replay is inconclusive - in any case, Australia have been penalised for offside.
  • Ireland are on the verge here!  The visitors are just 2m away and look almost certain to score with the Wallabies' down a man in defence.
  • We have a break in play with Peter O’Mahony flat out on the turf after crashing to the ground following a contest for the high ball.
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD - Controversy in Sydney with Australia down to 14 men after Israel Folau was ruled to have played Peter O’Mahony in the air and, as a result, will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Ireland (Johnny Sexton) 6-6
  • Brilliant play from Ireland!  They have dominated play since Jacob Stockdale was sent off and drawn an error from the Wallabies with Pete Samu penalised right in front of the posts.
  • So close for Ireland! After stringing together 17 phases, they advance within 5m of Australia's line before the Wallabies come up with a crucial turnover - the hosts almost make a fatal mistake on their own line before somehow manufacturing a clearance.
  • Excellent game management here from Ireland who have controlled possession superbly after going down to 14 men.
  • MISS! The penalty goal attempt from Conor Murray looks good off the boot but slides away to the left hand side.
  • Sekope Kepu is penalised for not rolling away after the tackle and so Conor Murray will line up the posts from right on the Wallabies' 10m line.
  • Bernard Foley squeezes his penalty goal attempt inside the right hand post and the Wallabies take the lead for the first time in the Test match.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Australia (Bernard Foley) 6-3 Australia
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD - After a review of the tape, referee Pascal Gaüzère shows Jacob Stockdale a yellow card reducing Ireland to 14 men.
  • We have break in play with the TMO having a look at some potential foul play from Jacob Stockdale who caught Nick Phipps high with a leading elbow.
  • A well-placed kick across the field finds the unmarked Keith Earls - the winger is away down the right hand side, advancing quickly inside Australian territory.
  • Australia are awarded a penalty but can consider themselves fortunate with the replay showing David Pocock had a knee on the turf.
  • SUBSTITUTION - A huge blow here for the Wallabies with skipper Michael Hooper limping from the field after falling awkwardly in the tackle - he will be replaced by Pete Samu.
  • Ireland are looking dangerous here with a surge inside the Wallabies' 22 however David Pocock, strong over the ball, has come up with a timely turnover for the hosts.
  • Conditions for this test match are cool and dry however the surface is damp underneath as a result of rain earlier in the week.
  • All square in Sydney!  Bernard Foley nails his penalty goal attempt from close range and scores are tied up with a penalty goal apiece.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Australia (Bernard Foley) 3-3
  • Nick Phipps goes short side but David Pocock is unable to hang onto the pass - Ireland have been penalised for offside, however, and so Bernard Foley will line up to level the scores.
  • An excellent kick from Kurtley Beale has forced an error from Rob Kearney with the Irish full back putting a foot into touch in-goal - the Wallabies have a scrum feed 5m out from Ireland's line.
  • Johnny Sexton sends his penalty goal attempt between the uprights and Ireland have the all-important first points of the decider.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Ireland (Johnny Sexton) 3-0 Ireland
  • Penalty to Ireland!  A chance for Johnny Sexton to line up the posts for the first points of the match - he will kick from 35m out on a slight angle.
  • Sekope Kepu has been penalised for a late tackle on Johnny Sexton - the subsequent kick for touch is good and Ireland have a chance to set up in attack from a line-out on Australia's 22m line.
  • Bernard Foley attempts the chip over the top but in perfect position is Rob Kearney who climbs high to secure possession for Ireland.
  • The all-important first scrum of the match - it's the Wallabies with the feed just over half way.
  • A quick start from the Wallabies who advance inside Ireland's 22 - they will go no further however with the visitors coming up with the first penalty of the match.
  • FIRST HALF - Bernard Foley sends the ball high into the Sydney air and we are underway!
  • The formalities are complete and all that is left now is the much-anticipated kick off!
  • Ireland continue to keep Australia guessing with 5 changes to their starting line up tonight. The Wallabies have made a forced change with Nick Phipps replacing the injured Will Genia whilst Lukhan Tui, at blindside flanker, will make his first international start after 6 appearances from the bench.
  • It's do-or-die with a tight and tough series locked at 1-1 coming into the decider tonight.  Australia took an early lead with an 18-9 victory in the series opener in Brisbane however Ireland returned to their very best form in Melbourne recording a 26-21 win.
  • Welcome to Allianz Stadium in Sydney for the third and final Test match in the series between Australia and Ireland.
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