Wallabies whack Irish
- 16 Nov 2013
Australia scored four unanswered tries to beat Ireland 32-15 in Dublin.
The hosts' defensive frailties resulted in tries for Nick Cummins, Michael Hooper (one of his two) and Quade Cooper and if they don't get it right then the All Blacks should have little trouble making it 14 wins from 14 in 2013.
The Wallabies' first try came in the 17th minute via slick hands that led to hooker Stephen Moore slipping a tackle before he found Cummins hitting a good angle to go in under the posts. Cooper added the conversion to his earlier penalty to make it 10-3.
Ireland did not learn from that defensive lapse and when Scott Fardy put Hooper over to take Australia 15-6 up, the hosts could only be thankful that Cooper was enduring an off-spell with the boot. Everything else the No 10 touched turned to gold.
Ireland did finally find some form, as Sean O'Brien's power led the charge en route to two more Jonathan Sexton penalty goals, which saw them trail just 15-12 at the break.
Sexton did not return for the second half due to a hamstring injury as Ian Madigan, selected ahead of Paddy Jackson because of his versatility, was given a chance to shine.
The Wallabies didn't have to wait long for their third try as Cooper produced an individual moment of magic, feinting to pass before stepping inside some weak 10-12 defence to touch down. He kicked the conversion and then added a penalty from long range.
Madigan landed a penalty shortly before the hour mark, but the Wallabies then scored a fourth try through Hooper after the Australian pack pushed the Irish back over their line.
Tevita Kuridrani was harshly red-carded for a spear-tackle on Peter O'Mahony, but it didn't detract from an excellent Wallabies performance.
Ireland – Penalties: Jonathan Sexton (4), Ian Madigan.
Wallabies – Tries: Nick Cummins, Michael Hooper (2), Quade Cooper. Conversions: Cooper (3). Penalties: Cooper (2).
Ireland – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Fergus McFadden, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (c), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Kevin McLaughlin, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Robbie Henshaw.
Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Christian Leali'ifano, 23 Joe Tomane.
Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP Photo
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