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    <a name="startc&#111;ntent"></a>@@@@SPAN ="ds">@@@@SPAN ="lu">Last Updated: @@@@/SPAN>Sunday, 19 November 2006, 17:48 GMT@@@@/SPAN>

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    Ireland (15) 21
    Tries: Hickie, Murphy
    Con: O'Gara
    Pens: O'Gara (3)
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    Australia (3) 6
    Pens: Mortlock (2)</font>

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    Eight days after beating South Africa, Eddie
    O'Sullivan's side were 15-3 up at half-time thanks to tries from Denis
    Hickie and Geordan Murphy.
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    In blustery and wet conditions, the Wallabies were restricted to two penalties from Stirling Mortlock.
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    Ronan O'Gara landed three penalties for Ireland plus a conversion.
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    Ireland's first-half display was particularly impressive and earned them a standing ovation from the Dublin crowd.
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    Ireland are surely the best side in the northern hemisphere. They make England look third rate



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    #2
    Report from the BBC site

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      #3
      A superb first half going forward. Best well deserved his Man of the match award. As Keith Wood said at half time, "he looks a bit mad"[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
      Thought Rog was excellent in the first half, Boss was also very good, as were the entire forward unit.
      The second half was pretty poor compared to the first, but our defence was incredible. Does anybody have any stats, I can't imagine there were many missed tackles. Can't say that anybody played poorly, even though the scrum suffered a little bit towards the end of the match.

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        #4
        Good win - Great ball skills again - Good lineout - Best (the mad one) and Boss

        Slight concerns - Our scrum looked uneasy - Young didn't impress me - Carneys win ratio keeps climbing (as does his chances of getting a contract post 2007)

        I thought Australia were a disgrace and should be ashamed of themselves. Every man looked like he wanted to be elsewhere. They looked totally disinterested and their interest only perked up when there was a bit of handbags to be had.

        Still hats off to the Irish lads - Great first half considering the conditions.

        But for me I still have no idea where we are in relation to next years RWC. IMO we have beat two very poor teams well. But I would imagine both sides will be different outfits come September next year.
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          #5


          The main positives for me from the game were the performanc of the newcomer's to the team in the AI's. Rory Best's throwing was impressive given the wind; Boss showed that he is a viable alternative to Stringer; and Young did well against very average competition. Neil Best deserved the MOTM.


          We seem to be finding some more depth, which is good news for the WC, although Young needs to be tested more.

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            #6
            Negatives - we're gonna get minced against a good scrum. Positives, pretty much everyone played well.

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              <div ="c&#111;ntentArticleTag">More woes for Wallabies</div>


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              <div ="credit">20/11/2006</div>
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              <div ="credit">Stirling Mortlock - Photosport</div></div>

              Ireland
              has handed the Wallabies a comprehensive 21-6 hiding in the Test match
              at Lansdowne Road, Dublin on Monday morning to claim the Lansdowne
              Trophy for only the second time in its seven-year history.




              Ireland, this year's Triple Crown winner, dominated every
              facet of play, including the penalty count, as the Irish forwards
              overpowered the tourists to allow first five-eighths Ronan O'Gara to
              orchestrate the two tries to win.




              The match got underway in atrocious conditions with gale
              force winds, rain and a chill factor of six degrees celsius and it was
              the home team that adapted to the conditions the best.



              A Stirling Mortlock penalty goal in the fourth minute opened
              the scoring, but from then on it was all Ireland. Running into the
              teeth of vicious wind, the home team kept the ball in hand in the first
              half and threatened the Australian line almost from the outset.




              Ireland went desperately close to scoring the first try in
              the 12th minute when Geordan Murphy was on the end of a backline
              movement inside the Wallabies 22. But Australian flanker Rocky Elsom
              produced a great diving tackle to bring down the flying fullback just
              inches before the line.




              With Ireland denied the try, the South African referee
              brought the play back for an Irish penalty on the 22, which O'Gara
              bounced off the right upright and over the crossbar to level the
              scores.




              Ireland continued to attack and after peppering the Wallabies
              line with phase play, winger Denis Hickie, in the team for the injured
              Andrew Trimble, eventually got the try after catching a crossfield kick
              from O'Gara five out from the Australian goalline and jinking inside
              the cover defence to crash over.




              O'Gara missed the conversion but in a worse result for
              Australia, first five-eighths Stephen Larkham, who had been injured
              earlier when making a ball-and-all tackle, was forced from the field
              and was replaced by Mat Rogers.




              Ireland landed a killer blow on the stroke of halftime when
              it won a lineout against the throw and launched an attack 35 metres out
              from the Australian line. O'Gara again found a gap in the backline and,
              with an overlap on the right wing, Murphy strolled over for Ireland's
              second try and a 15-3 half-time lead.




              Mortlock and O'Gara traded penalties to start the second half
              before an off-the-ball altercation between Phil Waugh and Denis Leamy
              resulted in both players being sent to the sin bin, with Mat Rogers,
              the third man in, also given a 10-minute spell on the sideline.




              Wallabies coach John Connolly emptied the bench in the second
              half giving Benn Robinson, George Smith, Stephen Moore, Scott
              Staniforth, Josh Valentine and Al Campbell a run but it was to no avail
              as the Irish forwards continued to dominate in the slippery conditions.




              The rest of second half degraded into a messy affair as both
              teams looked exhausted and another O'Gara penalty was the only score in
              the last 30 minutes of play.




              Hickie went close to scoring his second try late in the match
              but a great cover tackle from Chris Latham denied the Irishman and the
              score remained 21-6.




              Ireland 21 (Denis Hickie, Geordan Murphy tries; Ronan O'Gara con, 3 pen) Australia 6 (Stirling Mortlock 2 pen). HT: 15-3

              He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                #8

                This is a good one.....





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                <h2>Ireland burn bright in gloomy Dublin</h2><div ="storydate">Sunday November 19 2006</div>Irish cohesion trumps Wallabies

                Ireland
                allowed their fans to dream of world domination after conquering not
                only Australia but tempestuous conditions in Dublin on Sunday,
                recording a remarkable 21-6 victory over the touring Wallabies -
                Ireland's second ever win over the two-time world champions.



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                @@@@SPAN name="intelliTxt" id="intelliTXT">Like England's progression towards Rugby World Cup
                2003, Ireland are beginning to collect scalps from the Southern
                Hemisphere and the benefits of Ireland's policy of keeping faith in an
                established core of players is now evident for all to see.
                Australia won't be the first side to put a loss down to that
                tired old excuse of 'RWC development' - and, indeed, some of their new
                combinations looked decidedly undercooked - but the inescapable truth
                is that they were second-best to Ireland in every facet of play.
                The locals were simply outstanding, earning a standing
                ovation from a soaked but satisfied crowd not only at full-time but
                also as they trooped off for the interval. A rare honour indeed, but
                thoroughly deserved.
                Both sides had beseeched the heavens to supply a dry canvas
                for the respective artists, but the gods failed to deliver the goods:
                the weather was worse than filthy.
                The rain lashed Lansdowne Road, coming down at all angles as
                a swirling wind took on the appearance of a nascent hurricane. Perhaps
                they won't have to demolish this old pile after all, it will just be
                carried off across Ireland before disappearing into the mutinous
                Shannon waves.
                Somehow the conditions failed to dampen the spectacle. Modern
                rugby jerseys are not designed for the old up-the-jumper tactic, but
                credit goes to both sides for shunning all notions of safety-first, the
                handling was simply outstanding - this was bare-foot rugby on Bondi
                Beach rather an a wrestle in an Irish bog.
                The official statistics tell us that the Irish completed 119
                passes and only committed 16 errors. It's hard to believe but near
                enough to the truth. Where are the All Blacks when you need them?
                Wallaby skipper Stirling Mortlock landed two penalties but
                Australia never threatened to score a try and were not helped by having
                Phil Waugh and replacement Mat Rogers sin-binned simultaneously for
                fighting; Denis Leamy joined them for his role in the same skirmish.
                Ireland, who beat South Africa 32-15 last Saturday,
                pulverised the Australia pack with the maniacal Neil Best spearheading
                the dominant forward display that snuffed out a promising start from
                the visitors that bore an early penalty goal.
                Ireland then staged a series of attacks which saw
                Australia's defensive line stretched to the limit. One raid produced 21
                phases of play before Matt Giteau knocked Shane Horgan off course with
                a try-saving tackle.
                Despite failing to secure the try, the Irish began to
                believe in their own dexterity and continued to press. Geordan Murphy
                was the next man to come close, but the television match official ruled
                that a double-tackle by Chris Latham and Wycliff Palu had forced the
                Irishman to knock-on in the act of scoring.
                But all was not lost, referee Marius Jonker went back to a
                penalty for off-side and Ronan O'Gara landed
                He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                  #9
                  So all you donkeys out there; why the scrum so patchy today? Was it down to concentration or what? Am I being blinkered &amp;/or unfairin considering that to me the weak link seems to be as much Malcom O'Kelly as it is any of the props who took the field today - if not more?

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                    #10


                    Young isn't a good scrummager, I thought he was better than that but after the last 2 games and Llanelli game I now have doubts. On the defence side I'd say the s**te conditions didn't make it easy to scrummage.


                    One big plus - no one can say this time that the weather helped us, if it'd been better we'd have put 40 past them.
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                      #11


                      We now know a couple of things for sure: We have an option at scrum half and the pool of props available remains very shallow. And beating southern hemisphere opposition is always enjoyable.


                      Unfortunately we remain completely in the dark with regard to cover at ten. EOS still refuses to take a risk and see if Paddy Wallace will sink or swim. There is no benefit to be derived frombringing onthe likes of O'Kelly and Easterby, we know what they can do but an injury to ROG and it could all fall apart.


                      In the professional era beating Australia should not be considered a massive achievement in a friendly simply because they are Australia. You take from that sort of game what you risk putting in to it. Unfortunately the coach remains obstinately conservative rendering this game almost meaningless.
                      "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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                        #12
                        far be it from me to defend EOS but do Australia call it meaningless when they beat other sides in the summer? If we beat France this 6N we will have proved we can live at the top, it's now just a question of this being the start. In terms of 10, I would have liked to see someone play more but we have 1 more game for Wallace and Staunton to get game time in. We have bench appearances in 6N and then the WC warm up games. There's time still for a 10 to come through to be back up.
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                          #13


                          No doubt about it Red, when big Mal entered, the scrum disintegrated completely having been merely a shambles up to that.


                          Kooder faced teh abyss for a few minutes there today with O'gara injured. It would have been much more interesting to see how things would ahve gone if ROg had to withdraw.


                          And yes Omer, i thought that even though we lost the Summer games down south, we did a lot of good stuff that was carried on today, so in a word they were meaningless results wise. If Leamy gets tiem to brush up on a few more of the silkier skills he will be awesome come next September.
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                            #14


                            Originally posted by omer
                            far be it from me to defend EOS but do Australia call it meaningless when they beat other sides in the summer? If we beat France this 6N we will have proved we can live at the top, it's now just a question of this being the start. In terms of 10, I would have liked to see someone play more but we have 1 more game for Wallace and Staunton to get game time in. We have bench appearances in 6N and then the WC warm up games. There's time still for a 10 to come through to be back up.

                            But will next week be enough of a test? The Pacific Islands can hardly be considered a top class rugby team, they were okay against a second string Welsh team and beaten by a Scotland team who'd be given atough time by the Shannon thirds. Imo, half an hour today would have been far more indicative of Wallace's ability than a full game next weekend, and that's provided he starts next weekend.


                            I don't think he will be good enough for that level but there is only one way to find out.
                            "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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                              #15
                              PIs will have had 3 weeks together and as we keep being told, these are islanders and S14 players who are all physically superior etc etc so surely it will be a hard test [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
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