Ireland hold on to beat Australia in Dublin

Ireland secured their second victory over a major Southern Hemisphere this month when they held on to beat Australia 26-23 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland started their Autumn Internationals with a 29-15 victory over South Africa’s Springboks and after beating Georgia 49-7 they beat Australia for the 10th time in 32 Tests.

The Irish last beat Australia in the pool stages at the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the teams met last year and Australia won 15-32.

The result means that the Six Nations champions secured their first November clean sweep since 2006 with victories over South Africa, Georgia and now the Wallabies.

Jonny Sexton kicked 16 points for Ireland while Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo both scored first half tries for the home side.

After a slow start for Australia Nick Phipps scored a brace of tries and Bernard Foley added a third to take the teams to 20 all at half time.

More to follow.

Final Score Ireland 26 (20) Australia 23 (20)

Scorers

Ireland
Tries – Zebo, Bowe
Pen -Sexton (4)
Con – Sexton, Bowe
Drop –

Australia
Tries – Phipps (2), Foley
Pen – Foley (2)
Con – Foley
Drop –

Match Official
Referee
: Glen Jackson (NZL)

Teams

Ireland

Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Robbie Henshaw, Gordon D’Arcy, Simon Zebo; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock, Peter O’Mahony; Paul O’Connell (capt), Devin Toner; Mike Ross, Rory Best, Jack McGrath

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Rodney Ah You, Dave Foley, Tommy O’Donnell, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Felix Jones

Australia

Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Henry Speight; Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper (capt), Luke Jones; Rob Simmons, Sam Carter; Sekope Kepu, Saia Fainga’a, James Slipper

Replacements: James Hanson, Benn Robinson, Tetera Faulkner, Will Skelton, Jake Schatz, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale

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