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Saturday 18 November 2017, 12:30pm EST

Ireland v Fiji

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalIan Keatley
  • Penalty GoalBen Volavola
  • Penalty GoalIan Keatley
  • ConversionBen Volavola
  • TRY!Timoci Nagusa
  • HT
  • ConversionBen Volavola
  • TRY!Henry Seniloli
  • ConversionJoey Carbery
  • TRY!Jack Conan
  • TRY!Dave Kearney
  • Penalty GoalBen Volavola
  • TRY!Darren Sweetnam
  • KO


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Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Ireland T C P
15 Andrew Conway 0 0 0
14 Darren Sweetnam 1 0 0
13 Chris Farrell 0 0 0
12 Stuart McCloskey 0 0 0
11 Dave Kearney 1 0 0
10 Joey Carbery 0 1 0
9 Kieran Marmion 0 0 0
1 Jack McGrath 0 0 0
2 Rob Herring 0 0 0
3 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
4 Ultan Dillane 0 0 0
5 Devin Toner 0 0 0
6 Rhys Ruddock 0 0 0
7 Jordi Murphy 0 0 0
8 Jack Conan 1 0 0
16 James Tracy 0 0 0
17 Cian Healy 0 0 0
18 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
19 Kieran Treadwell 0 0 0
20 CJ Stander 0 0 0
21 Luke McGrath 0 0 0
22 Ian Keatley 0 0 2
23 Robbie Henshaw 0 0 0
Fiji T C P
15 Kini Murimurivalu 0 0 0
14 Timoci Nagusa 1 0 0
13 Jale Vatubua 0 0 0
12 Levani Botia 0 0 0
11 Nemani Nadolo 0 0 0
10 Ben Volavola 0 2 2
9 Henry Seniloli 1 0 0
1 Campese Ma'afu 0 0 0
2 Talemaitoga Tuapati 0 0 0
3 Manasa Saulo 0 0 0
4 Api Ratuniyarawa 0 0 0
5 Leone Nakarawa 0 0 0
6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu 0 0 0
7 Akapusi Qera 0 0 0
8 Nemani Nagusa 0 0 0
16 Sunia Koto 0 0 0
17 Peni Ravai 0 0 0
18 Kalivati Tawake 0 0 0
19 Sikeli Nabou 0 0 0
20 Semi Kunatani 0 0 0
21 Nikola Matawalu 0 0 0
22 Asaeli Tikoirotuma 0 0 0
23 Vereniki Goneva 0 0 0


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  • Both teams have a game left then, heading into week 6 of the autumn internationals; Fiji travel to France where they host Canada in Narbonne - whilst Ireland will look to make it a clean sweep this autumn with a win against Argentina at the same time next week at the Aviva Stadium. Until then though, thank you for your company - and have a good weekend!
  • It was a spirited Fiji showing that gave their hosts a proper test - but in the end, Ireland did just enough to come away with the win in the Guinness series. A neat cameo from Ian Keatley helped them on the way - and despite a few kinks to be ironed out, they delivered their part in an entertaining tussle. Full time in Dublin, it's Ireland 23-20 Fiji.
  • McGrath finally gets the ball from the scrum and pumps it into touch - and Ireland win as the whistle goes!
  • The scrum is reformed twice and Ireland are content to see down the clock here if they can.
  • The hosts win the lineout and McGrath kicks deep towards Nadalo - who misreads his leap and knocks on. Ireland get the scrum, three points ahead going into the final couple of minutes.
  • Healy thought he was over then, after a nippy individual run from 15m out - but he was deemed to be tackled and despite going over for the score, it's chalked off and Fiji get a penalty.
  • A risky pass from Tracy doesn't come off and Stander has to launch himself at Matawalu to halt a breakaway run. Fiji knock on themselves moments later and Keatley launches a crossfield kick that Conway just can't get to before Goneva, who puts it out for a lineout in midfield.
  • Penalty Goal
    It's a well-composed kick and Keatley slots it calmly to roars around the Aviva Stadium. Ireland lead 23-20.
  • It's going to be a penalty only, with no card for Volavola, the offender tackler. Keatley to take, from 30m out, slightly to the right.
  • Is that a penalty to Ireland? Healy is caught in a cruncher of a tackle and his legs are lifted above his head. The referee asks for the assistance of the TMO to see if any further action should be required.
  • Penalty Goal
    30m out on the left, it's a tester in length for Volavola, but he catches it fabulously with the boot and guides it over. All square once more - it's 20-20 in Dublin.
  • It's a mess from the kick-off though, with Ireland unable to deal and Volavola comes up with the ball. Moments later, Fiji earn a penalty too for an offside tackler - and they will opt to go for goal too to level.
  • Penalty Goal
    And the substitute slots it over! Ireland take a 20-17 lead.
  • A penalty to Ireland now, 20m out on the left, for offside. Keatley to take...
  • Oh, what a rotten bit of luck there for Conway! The fullback gets free on the left wing and grubbers down the touchline to get round two defenders - only for the last bounce of the ball to take it into the corner flag just as he catches up. Close for Ireland.
  • Fiji push down their left side, only to lose the ball in a tough challenge from Healy, who is able to scoop up the ball too in midfield and lessen the pressure on the Ireland line. 
  • Fiji win the turnover now with a great tackle on Healy though, stopping the prop from releasing the ball.
  • Irelan win the subsequent lineout and McCloskey forces it wide to Conan. He gets it away to Marmion who brings it back from right to left to McCloskey who drives in on the seventh phase and coms up 10m shy of the line.
  • The kick gives the hosts good metres and Tracy leads a bruising charge downfield before Healy spins away from two defenders on the left touchline. He offloads in to Ruddock, only for the blindside flanker to be unable to release in the tackle thanks to some smart work from Tuapati. Penalty to Fiji.
  • The scrum collapses in upon itself as both sides wrestle for the ball and Ireland get the oenalty.
  • Fiji go close as Nagusa gets a booming pass out wide on the right through fast hands, only for his offload in to Volavola to bounce off his chest and ricochet around before going to ground. Scrum to Ireland deep in their back left corner.
  • Nadolo tries for that inventive grubber round Sweetnam again but Conway is there to read it and clean up on his own 20m mark. Ireland leather it away at speed again, collected by Vatuba - only for him to throw his pass forward. Scrum to their hosts on their 40m mark, extreme left of field.
  • Fiji earn a penalty now as McCloskey is unable to release the ball. Since returning from the break, the visitors have been immaculate in their tackling game.
  • It's brutal, fast defence from Fiji out of the scrum but then Ratuniyarawa is penalised for an off-the-feet tackle. Ireland opt to go for touch and get the lineout rather than aim for the sticks.
  • Carbery tries a litte chip over the defence for Conway and Ireland get a penalty after the latter is deemed to have been taken out without the ball. They play advantage - and then earn a scrum on the Fiji 40m line for good measure.
  • Conversion
    Volavola taps it over easily and suddenly, it's all level in Dublin. 17-17 at the Aviva Stadium.
  • Try
    What an intercept from Nagusa! The big Fijian winger reads a Marmion pass to the wing, places himself just right to collect the looping effort and then bursts off towards the tryline with no-one there to stop him, touching down under the sticks. Fiji are about to go level here.
  • Great play down the right wing from Ireland as Conway puts Sweetnam away, with a flying tackle from Nadolo just enough to put him out into touch for a Fiji lineout.
  • Quick lineouts in succession for Fiji as they force Herring into touch.
  • We're back underway at the Aviva Stadium for the second half, as McCloskey tries to bulldoze his way through a solid Fiji midfield line.
  • It's been a good showing from Ireland so far but they will perhaps regret not being more in control. That late try for the visitors has given them hope in what has otherwise been a lacklustre showing in attack, closed down by clever defence from the hosts. Half time in Dublin, it's Ireland 17-10 Fiji.
  • Conversion
    It's a dead in front conversion for Volavola - and he adds the extras as the referee blows for half-time.
  • Try
    Fiji get one back - and with a lovely little piece of individual play no less from winger Nemani Nadolo, who drops the ball onto his boot for a grubber around Sweetnam at the back and recollects, before flicking inside to Seniloli for the scrum half to coast in under the sticks.
  • And now it's the visitors who are penalised for not getting the ball out, thanks to a crunching move from Ruddock.
  • McCloskey spots the gap again from the restart and tries cut down the right outside flank, via a great Carbery flat pass, only to be caught in possession and unable to release. Penalty to Fiji.
  • It's a tester for Carbery but this time, he strikes it well - and it curls in, between the uprights/ 17-3 to the hosts in Dublin.
  • Try
    There's no doubt about that score though! A Fiji knock on goes to ground on the cenre line before being scooped up by Conan - and the back rower hares off downfield, racing away to the right corner to get Ireland's third! 15-3 with a kick to come.
  • Conway is deemed to have knocked on - so Fiji get possession on halfway now.
  • From the penalty, Ireland shift it across the park from right to left and back before Carberry kicks deep. It's a high effort that comes off Conway as he challenges high - and is then hacked forward for the fullback to chase and ground for a potential try! The referee isn't sure and sends it upstairs.
  • A ninth handling error from Fiji sees Senilola knock on as he attempts to steal the ball from his opposite number at the base of a scrum. It is then Ireland's turn to give up possession and a nice grubber kick puts the hosts under pressure, which is immediately relieved by the giving away of a penalty.
  • Fiji again give up possession in contact. They are certainly trying to play here and their positive approach should be admired, but errors with ball in hand are proving costly at present.
  • Although it was an impressive Ireland move for their second try, with Stuart McCloskey a key figure, Fiji's defending left a lot to be desired. Their initial attempts to respond fall flat.
  • Carbery again fails from the tee, this time striking the left-hand post with his touchline conversion attempt.
  • Try
    Ireland win the ball back immediately from the restart when Fiji knock on. And a try follows!! Plenty of ground is made by Ireland from the scrum and a move to the left ends with Kearney taking Conway's pass to finish in the corner.
  • Penalty Goal
    Ben Volavola lines up the kick and makes no mistake, reducing Ireland's lead to 5-3. 
  • Successive interceptions prompt gasps from the crowd. Jack McGrath briefly made headway after Fiji coughed up possession but the prop's inside pass was duly snatched by Seniloli. It has been a frenetic opening quarter but we will get a short pause for breath here. Fiji win a penalty around 35 metres out and will kick for goal.
  • Ireland look to get some momentum from a rolling maul, only for their opponents to hold firm. A penalty then goes against the hosts, who are pinged for sealing off at a ruck.
  • Ireland enjoy a spell of possession in Fiji territory, with good carries from back-rowers Jordi Murphy and Rhys Ruddock making significant ground. A Kieran Marmion dummy fails to trick the Fiji defence, though, and the ball is turned over.
  • Andrew Conway - shifted to full-back today - makes a little burst for Ireland, before a Carbery kick forces Fiji back. They again choose to run from deep, but a superb Dave Kearney tackle on Timoci Nagusa limits the visitors' ambitions and they eventually opt to kick for touch.
  • Some more good handling from Ireland is followed by try-scorer Sweetnam booting the ball forward. Fiji then counter-attack superbly to reach the opposition 22. A move featuring several long passes and some glorious offloads ultimately comes to nothing thanks to a knock-on, but this has certainly been an entertaining start!
  • Jale Vatubua was the man who produced the thundering - and perfectly legal - tackle that floored Carbery. Thankfully, the fly-half is able to continue.
  • The conversion is missed by Carbery, who is then on the receiving end of a heavy hit when play resumes. He'll need some attention from the physio.
  • Try
    TRY FOR IRELAND! Darren Sweetnam goes over on the right flank but this try is all about Carbery, who steps inside beautifully to break the line before throwing a pass wide to set up the easiest of finishes for his wing. That was wonderful!
  • Ireland's first meaningful attack features some slick work from the debutant, Farrell, before Joey Carbery puts in a clever grubber. Fiji are able to stave off the danger, for now at least.
  • An encouraging start for the visitors continues as they win turnover ball. However, Fiji are then penalised for not releasing, giving their opponents a chance to kick into touch beyond halfway.
  • Fiji immediately show a willingness to run with the ball and throw it around, which is always good to see. Nemani Nadolo makes a break down the left flank, but the wing's pass inside for Henry Seniloli is forward and Ireland will have a scrum.
  • We are underway in Dublin ... with smoke from a pre-match firework burst still clearing.
  • Fiji's side shows four alterations from the team that started in Italy last time out. That game resulted in a disappointing 19-10 defeat, so the visitors have a point to prove today.
  • Ireland have made 13 changes from the side that thumped South Africa 38-3, Devin Toner and Andrew Conway the only players retained in the starting XV. Chris Farrell of Munster makes his international debut as part of a new-look centre partnership with Stuart McCloskey.
  • As we prepare for the anthems in Dublin, let's take a quick look at the team news for both sides.
  • Hello, and welcome to week 5 of the autumn internationals as Ireland host Fiji at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The hosts face their Pacific Island opposition on the back of a rout of South Africa last weekend - can they repeat the feat here in the second match Guinness Series? Kick off is very shortly around the corner!

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