Australia Front Up – Australia 22-15 Ireland

A much improved forward effort saw the Wallabies home more comfortably than the scoreline said in this one of test against Ireland in Brisbane.

The first half saw Ireland move out to a 6-0 lead thanks to two penalties by Jonathan Sexton, however Australia answered them with a penalty to Quade Cooper and then an interception try to

Luke Burgess
Luke Burgess

on 18 minutes.

Quade Cooper
Quade Cooper

then scored a mesmerising try and kicked another penalty to three penalties to Sexton giving us the half time score of 16-15 to Australia.

The second period was a tight affair however the Australia scrum that had been terrorised by England was all together stronger this week and the Wallabies won the half 6-0 thanks to 2 Matt Giteau kicks at goal, giving us the final score of:

Australia 22-15 Ireland

Scorers

Australia
Tries: Burgess, Cooper Pens: Cooper 2, Giteau 2
Ireland
Pens: Sexton 5

Teams

Australia: James O’Connor; Drew Mitchell, Rob Horne, Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper; Quade Cooper, Luke Burgess; Ben Daley, Saia Faingaa, Salesi Ma’afu, Dean Mumm, Nathan Sharpe, Rocky Elsom (capt), David Pocock, Richard Brown.
Replacements: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper for Daley (54), Mark Chisholm, Matt Hodgson, Josh Valentine, Berrick Barnes, Kurtley Beale for Horne (40).

Ireland: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll capt, Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble; Jonathan Sexton, Tomas O’Leary; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tony Buckley, Donncha O’Callaghan, Mick O’Driscoll, Niall Ronan, Shane Jennings, Chris Henry.
Replacements: Damien Varley (for Cronin (70), Tom Court for Buckley (40), Denis Tuohy for M O’Driscoll (71), Rhys Ruddock (for Henry 68), Eoin Reddan, Ronan O’Gara, Geordan Murphy for Kearney (53).

Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)