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Paul O'Connell

November 12, 2005, November Series

Ireland 7

New Zealand 45

Two tries from Sitiveni Sivivatu and a Piri Weepu touchdown left the All Blacks 25-0 ahead at the half-time break with Nick Evans adding the other points.

New Zealand continued their domination of the Irish after the break with Doug Howlett adding two more tries.

Marcus Horan notched a try in injury-time to help Ireland avoid the further embarrassment of a whitewash.

IRELAND -- Murphy; Bowe, D'Arcy, Horgan, Horgan; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, Byrne, Hayes; O'Callaghan, O'Kelly; Easterby (capt), O'Connor, Leamy.

Replacements: R Best for Byrne (76), S Best for Hayes (61), McCullough for O'Kelly (61), N Best for Easterby (71), Humphreys for O'Gara (71), Dempsey for Murphy (76). Not used: Campbell.

NEW ZEALAND -- MacDonald; Howlett, Nonu, Mauger, Sivivatu; Evans, Weepu; Woodcock, Mealamu, Afoa; Eaton, Williams; Lauaki, McCaw, Tuiali'i.

Replacements: Cowan for Weepu (61), Taumoepeau for Woodcock (61), Hore for Mealamu (61), So'oialo for McCaw (72). Not used: Hayman, Jack, Muliaina.

Attendance: 42,000

November 19, 2005, November Series

Ireland 14

Australia 30

Australia ended a run of seven straight defeats, piling on the agony after another poor Irish effort.

Trailing 6-3 at the break after Ronan O'Gara knocked over two penalties, the Wallabies stormed back with three second-half tries after Ireland lost Malcolm O'Kelly to injury early on.

Winger Drew Mitchell touched down twice with Chris Latham scoring a great individual try. Mat Rogers kicked 15 points while Shane Horgan scored another late consolation for Ireland.

IRELAND -- Murphy; Horgan, Trimble, D'Arcy, Bowe; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, Byrne, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Kelly, Easterby, O'Connor, Leamy.

Replacements: Humphreys for O'Gara (51), McCullough for O'Kelly (18). Not used: R Best, S Best, N Best, Campbell, Dempsey.

AUSTRALIA -- Latham; Gerrard, Tuqiri, Turinui, Mitchell; Rogers, Gregan (capt), Holmes, Cannon, Fitter, McMeniman, Sharpe, Roe, Waugh, Smith.

Replacements: Sailor for Gerrard (63), Henjak for Gregan (73), Polota-Nau for Cannon (71), Baxter for Fitter (51), Chisholm for McMeniman (69), Fava for Roe (76). Not Used: Johansson.

Attendance: 42,000

Irish Independent