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Sunday 11 December 2016

Ireland v Australia - Story of the match

Published 26/11/2016 | 20:36

Garry Ringrose scored Ireland's second try against Australia
Garry Ringrose scored Ireland's second try against Australia

Injury-ravaged Ireland became the first European team since 2003 to complete calendar-year victories over the southern hemisphere's big three by fending off Australia 27-24 in Dublin.

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Ireland lost Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne to injury in a bruising contest, having entered the clash without late withdrawal Sean O'Brien.

Iain Henderson, Garry Ringrose and Keith Earls claimed Ireland's tries, while Tevita Kuridrani, Dane Haylett-Petty and Sefanaia Naivalu crossed for the Wallabies.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"100 not out, what a captain, player and friend..delighted we got the win for @RoryBest2 #leader," Ireland replacement Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) paid tribute to Rory Best following the skipper's 100th cap.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Garry Ringrose cemented his Test-level arrival with a snaking try, reminiscent of Brian O'Driscoll in full flow.

STAR MAN

Josh van der Flier (Ireland). The young openside flanker got the better of twin threats Michael Hooper and David Pocock at the breakdown. Some feat.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Australia conceded a hefty 13 penalties en route to defeat. Coach Michael Cheika will have been fuming with his side's lack of discipline.

VILLAIN OF THE DAY

Australia's Will Genia earned few friends by whinging to referee Jerome Garces "It's not my responsibility to give them the ball" when ordered to stop time-wasting.

PLAYER RATINGS

ROB KEARNEY: 5/10

ANDREW TRIMBLE: 6

JARED PAYNE: 7

GARRY RINGROSE: 8

KEITH EARLS: 7

PADDY JACKSON: 5

CONOR MURRAY: 5

JACK McGRATH: 6

RORY BEST: 7

TADHG FURLONG: 7

IAIN HENDERSON: 6

DEVIN TONER: 6

CJ STANDER: 8

JOSH VAN DER FLIER: 8

JAMIE HEASLIP: 5

REPLACEMENTS:

Simon Zebo 5

Kieran Marmion 5

Joey Carbery 5

Ultan Dillane 5

Peter O'Mahony 5

Cian Healy 5

Finlay Bealham 5

Sean Cronin 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Scotland v Ireland, RBS 6 Nations, Murrayfield, Saturday, February 4

England v Australia, Twickenham, Saturday, December 3

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