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Saturday 11 November 2017, 12:30pm EST

Ireland v South Africa

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  • ConversionJoey Carbery
  • FT
  • TRY!Jacob Stockdale
  • ConversionJoey Carbery
  • TRY!Rob Herring
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Rhys Ruddock
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Penalty GoalElton Jantjies
  • HT
  • TRY!Andrew Conway
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • KO


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Turnovers won
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Ireland T C P
15 Rob Kearney 0 0 0
14 Andrew Conway 1 0 0
13 Robbie Henshaw 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 1 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 1 4
9 Conor Murray 0 0 0
1 Cian Healy 0 0 0
2 Rory Best 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 Iain Henderson 0 0 0
5 Devin Toner 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Sean O'Brien 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 0 0 0
16 Rob Herring 1 0 0
17 Dave Kilcoyne 0 0 0
18 John Ryan 0 0 0
19 James Ryan 0 0 0
20 Rhys Ruddock 1 0 0
21 Kieran Marmion 0 0 0
22 Joey Carbery 0 2 0
23 Darren Sweetnam 0 0 0
South Africa T C P
15 Andries Coetzee 0 0 0
14 Dillyn Leyds 0 0 0
13 Jesse Kriel 0 0 0
12 Damian de Allende 0 0 0
11 Courtnall Skosan 0 0 0
10 Elton Jantjies 0 0 1
9 Ross Cronje 0 0 0
1 Tendai Mtawarira 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Coenraad Oosthuizen 0 0 0
4 Eben Etzebeth 0 0 0
5 Lodewyk De Jager 0 0 0
6 Siya Kolisi 0 0 0
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 0 0 0
8 Francois Louw 0 0 0
16 Mbongeni Mbonami 0 0 0
17 Steven Kitshoff 0 0 0
18 Wilco Louw 0 0 0
19 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
20 Uzair Cassiem 0 0 0
21 Rudy Paige 0 0 0
22 Handre Pollard 0 0 0
23 Francois Venter 0 0 0


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  • Ireland will undoubtedly have a spring in their step heading into their next match of the Autumn Internationals, as they take on Fiji next weekend - whilst South Africa travel to France hoping to find a reversal in fortunes sometime in the next seven days. until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good night!
  • It was always going to be Ireland's game, from the way Sexton controlled the play across the first half - but it wasn't until the final quarter that the hosts truly ran rampant over a South Africa side who simply ran out of steam. For Joe Schmidt's men, they delivered the goods in emphatic fashion - and for Allister Coetzee, the hunt for another win on the road goes on. Full time in Dublin, it finishes Ireland 38-3 South Africa.
  • Try
    What a finish from Ireland! Sweetnam picks up a long chip on the right, and then threads it back inside to Conway, who puts it out to Stockdale on the left wing and the Ulster man slides home. The conversion from the touchline is pinpoint perfect - and the full-time whistle goes! Ireland have triumphed 38-3 against a woeful South Africa side.
  • Try
    It's a massive stampede from the lineout, left uncontested by South Africa, and pure brute force helps get Herring - recalled to the side for the first time since 2014 - get over the line. The extras are added - and Ireland are well and truly victorious now. They lead 31-3.
  • Ireland have sparked into life in the past five or so minutes, looking like a side playing to the hilt. du Toit meanwhile departs the field briefly to receive a head check at the order of the referee as South Africa get a scrum 20m out from their own line, only to concede a penalty for failing to get the ball out.
  • Conversion
    It's an easy conversion, just on the centre-right for Sexton and he adds the extras. 24-3 to Ireland with just over five minutes to go. Sweetnam comes on for Kearney for the hosts.
  • Try
    Rhys Ruddock gets the second try in Dublin! Henshaw makes a scything break from a line-out, feeding it out to Conway on the wing to tear towards the tryline. He comes up just shy - but from dummy half, the ball flicks inside to Ruddock, who forces his way over the line with a hulking push. A well-worked score for the hosts.
  • What a fantastic tackle by Stockdale on Leyds! South Africa build a couple of phases after a lost ball from Ireland in midfield - but as their winger looks to break down the right, his opposite lands a superb tackle to force the knock-on.
  • Rob Herring and Dave Kilcoyne come on in place of Best and Healy for Ireland.
  • It's a shocking touch in the lineout from Henderson and South Africa hack the ball downfield in pursuit, forcing Kearney to race back and collect before a Springboks welcoming committee can get there.
  • Best earns the turnover after a neat piece of play in midfield and allows Kearney to pump it downfield for a lineout some 10m out from the South African line on the left.
  • South Africa have looked more composed in this second half as they earn another lineout but they're so far unable to puncture the Ireland defence. The hosts are immaculate in defence today.
  • South Africa get a deeper lineout now which Marx puts in - only for Best to snaffle the ball in the maul and spread it wide to Kearney who puts a great kick downfield to relieve pressure on the hosts.
  • Neat defence from Ireland and Toner tries for an intercept out wide on the right as du Toit hurls a pass that way. The Irishman knocks on - he's unlucky to not take it in.
  • De Jager earns a penalty for South Africa in their own half after managing to fend off an attempted steal from O'Brien. The Springboks move to halfway.
  • A change for the Springboks now, with Steven Kitshoff on for Mtawarira.
  • Penalty Goal
    It's another one straight in from, 25m out, and Sexton makes no mistakes. 17-3 the lead to the hosts in Dublin.
  • It's another penalty to Ireland for issues in the ruck, which Sexton plays initial advantage with, by trying for a drop goal. It comes up short by a good few metres, but the referee brings play back for the offence and the fly-half points to the posts.
  • Ruddock does a fantastic job alongside Aki to hold back Francois Louw as he looks to move down the left side - and then the former earns a penalty for hands in the ruck too.
  • A change for Ireland, as Ruddock comes on to replace O'Mahony.
  • Mtawarira loses the ball in the tackle and Stockdale sweeps in near his own 20m on the left flank, holding off the South Africa resurgence on that side for now.
  • And Ireland retake the ball quickly, as Kriel is pushed out by Stander and Murray. It backfires for the hosts though when from the lineout, du Toit comes up with the catch.
  • South Africa get another scrum, just in their own half, after Henderson puts down a potential interception.
  • Fantastic work from du Toit, who slips in from the side of the maul as Ireland push it forward from 20m out - and he manages to force a scrum to the visitors. A great effort from the number seven.
  • South Africa have a spring in their step as they head into midfield with Francois Louw - only for Kearney to earn a penalty as he proclaims the Springboks man lost the ball and then put his hands in the ruck.
  • Penalty Goal
    At last, the visitors are on the board, Jantjies bringing up 200 points in a Springboks shirt. Ireland now lead 14-3.
  • Mtawarira makes a neat step inside from the lineout and is caught by a trailing Ireland arm - and South Africa get another penalty. This time, on that centre-right flank, Jantjies will go for goal.
  • We're back underway at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland look to consolidate a victory here. They start on the wrong foot though; Kearney is penalised for holding Francois Louw down and South Africa get some vital metres downfield.
  • Ireland go in at half-time 14 points to the good against a Springboks side who have looked all over the place. If there is a main takeaway for the hosts, it's that they're not further ahead - South Africa have been off the pace for most of the first half, give or take a couple of short spells. Still, they also need to shore up attacking errors too - it's still far from a complete showing. Half-time in Dublin, it's Ireland 14-0 South Africa.
  • Oh, what a steal from O'Mahony! The Ireland man pulls a one-on-one steal on Marx - only to ultimately get in the way of a cutback pass for Aki two phases later, sending it out on the side and the referee blows for half-time.
  • Ireland have the ball from a scrum and push into the South Africa 10m area - but then knock on and South Africa get the penalty which they put out for a lineout 10m out.
  • It's a messy scrum which Cronje somehow manages to salvage the ball from and South Africa push on down the centre into midfield. Jantjies tries a chip over - which Conway misses entirely on the first attempt and Henshaw sweeps into to clean up..
  • Ireland get the lineout and scramble around the maul before Best comes up with it. He puts a high bomb aimed for Skosan again who once more fails to deal, though he is let off by O'Brien knocking on. South Africa have the scrum in their own half.
  • Ireland try to dynamically attack down their right wing through Conway but a slipped pass inside to Henderson goes to ground and is picked up by du Toit. He spreads it wide and right to Leyds who goes close, before they lob it back across to the left, only for Kriel to spill into touch as he can't take in a Cronje delivery.
  • It's the best spell of play from the Springboks who use the maul to push around the Ireland line, but they come undone as Kriel loses the ball on the ground from a Murray tackle five yards shy on the right.
  • It's a second successive penalty against Ireland after they collapse the maul from the lineout, and although kickable, South Africa opt to go for touch, finding the line on the right 10m out.
  • Sexton tries to repeat the trick that got Conway his try, with the winger going up for the high bomb with Skosan again. Both miscue their attempts however and du Toit gets it - as well as a subsequent penalty against Ireland for offside.
  • It's not a good restart for South Africa either - with their first touch, they knock-on just inside the Ireland half and the hosts get the scrum.
  • Sexton just pushes his conversion wide to the right by mere inches - his hardest effort of the night. Ireland lead 14-0 against a Springboks side looking somewhat lethargic already.
  • Try
    Conway gets the first try! The winger wrestles Murray's high-kick from the lineout from Skosan 20m out on the right wing and takes off like a rocket down the edge, sliding over to avoid a late Coetzee push. A great score for the Ireland man.
  • Ireland get the lineout now as Skosan is pressured into putting a return kick out by an O'Brien chase, only 40m away from the South Africa line.
  • Conway makes another bulldozing run down the centre-right flank, backed by a similar run from Henderson. Sexton launches a towering kick and begins an exchange of end-to-end high bombs before Murray puts a hanging effort into the arms of Etzebeth on halfway.
  • Penalty Goal
    It's the hardest angle of the night for Sexton - though not by much - and he duly adds three more points. Ireland lead 9-0 at the quarter-mark of the game.
  • Too much space on the left flank for Ireland to exploit and they do, Conway whipping round a handful of bemused South African defenders. He brings it back infield - and then earns another penalty for holding in the tackle. Sexton will try for goal once more, 20m out on the centre-right flank.
  • Aki makes a great read on de Allende as the inside centre tries to cut round the Ireland defence on the right and he forces the knock-on for the scrum.
  • Penalty Goal
    It's an easy angle and Sexton once again does the work, adding three more points. Ireland are six to the good against the Springboks.
  • Henderson forced the initial error in the scrum there to carry it wide, stealing the South Africa ball, and it was then a late challenge on Henshaw that gave Ireland the penalty. From 35m out, straight in front, Sexton will go for goal again.
  • It's a sloppy second phase from the hosts though, as Kearney's loose pass for Conway is fumbled by the winger. South Africa get the scrum, only to cough up the ball to Ireland again for a penalty seconds later against Henshaw.
  • Ireland earn the penalty now as they force the South African park to swing round and pivot away to distort the scrum, marching them deeper into Springboks territory.
  • Kolisi booms a wide pass out for Francois Louw, only for the number eight to put it to ground. Ireland get a scrum and pack down on their own 40m mark.
  • Murray is deemed to have knocked on in a Francois Louw tackle, which Best is unhappy with. The referee defuses his complaints and the two sides pack down for a scrum.
  • Conway steadies a brief, frenzied passage of play with a kick to touch on halfway for a Springboks lineout. Cronje pops it downfield again, looking for Leyds out wide on the right, only for Stockdale to take under little pressure. 
  • An absolute peach of an offload to Stockdale on the left from Aki and the winger chases his own high bomb, only for South Africa's De Jager to come up with a brave collection and return at pace.
  • Penalty Goal
    Sexton's kick is a marvel - catching the wind and sailing neatly between the uprights at height. 3-0 to the hosts.
  • Indeed, Oosthuizen is removed from the field with Wilco Louw coming on in the tighthead position. He concedes a penalty off the bat after an infringement in the scrum, giving Sexton the chance to go for goal within the first five minutes, from 40m out dead in front.
  • An early stoppage already as Oosthuizen crumples over on his ankle. It looked like a fair challenge from Furlong and Toner, but the Springboks tighthead prop looks to be out after a minute already.
  • South Africa get us underway with a high bomb from Jantjies, which Sexton returns with a little nerve-settler to touch and the visitors get a line-out.
  • The teams are out in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium for the national anthems.
  • Subs: Mbonami, Kitshoff, W Louw, Mostert, Cassiem, Paige, Pollard, Venter
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Mtawarira, Marx, Oosthuizen, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi, du Toit, F Louw, Cronje, Jantjies, Skosan, de Allende, Kriel, Leyds, Coetzee
  • Subs: Herring, Kilcoyne, John Ryan, James Ryan, Ruddock, Marmion, Carbery, Sweetnam
  • IRELAND: Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, Toner, O'Mahony, O'Brien, Stander, Murray, Sexton, Stockdale, Aki, Henshawn, Conway, Kearney
  • Teams on the way now...
  • As for South Africa, Francis Louw makes his 50th start for the national side - his fifth against Ireland, the most of any Northern Hemisphere side he has faced.
  • Sean O'Brien will win his 50th cap for the Ireland national side today, packing down in the forwards - though it is only his second game against South Africa, having played in the 15-10 win over the Springboks in 2009.
  • Ireland have only lost twice at home since the start of 2014, against Wales and New Zealand, winning 15 of 18 games in Dublin. South Africa meanwhile have struggled to find form on the road in recent months - they have a solitary win in Argentina as their only away scalp in nine matches.
  • Hello, and welcome to the Autumn Internationals as Ireland lock horns with South Africa for the first time since June 2016 at the Aviva Stadium. The hosts will be looking to avenge their 19-13 defeat at the other side of the world, after losing a 2-1 series last summer - can they carry over their impressive home form against the Springboks in Dublin? Kick-off is just around the corner.

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