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    Australia vs Ireland

    International, 9 June, 2018

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Australia 18, Ireland 9
    Australia   Ireland
    18 FINAL SCORE 9
    2 TRIES 0
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Marius van der westhuizen
    Touch judges: Pascal Gauzère & Paul Williams
    TMO: Ben Skeen

    Match result:

    Australia have gotten their three-match series with world No.2 Ireland started in the best way possible, a nine-point win on Saturday night at Suncorp stadium.

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    Final score
    Wallabies 18
    Ireland 9

    Match preview:

    It’s been a long time coming, but finally Test Rugby is back. It will be a fiery encounter when the three-test June series kicks off in Brisbane with the Wallabies looking to topple the ever-improving Irish. Join The Roar for live scroes and a blog from 8pm AEST.

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    Off the bat, this match-up should be an absolute cracker.

    We’ll start with the visitors.

    Ahead of game one this week, Michael Cheika went on record stating that “this is probably the best team in Ireland’s history.” I would wager that the Australian coach’s assertions are not all that far from the mark.

    The reigning six nations champions are riding a wave of form barely seen in recent professional rugby times, and haven’t lost in their last 12 games dating back to 2016. In this block of wins, they’ve toppled the highly impressive England twice, as well as South Africa, Argentina and Wales.

    With that being said, they have a point to prove against teams such as New Zealand, and tonight’s opponents, Australia, if they’re to lay claim to truly being one of the top sides in world rugby.

    In team news, Jonny Sexton sits on the pine, with Joey Carbery to start. Rob Kearney takes his place at fullback, and slots in behind an extremely tight defensive centre pairing in Robbie Henshaw and bruising Bundee Aki.

    In the forwards, all eyes will be on James Ryan, the lock forward who is yet to lose in Irish colours. One of the most damaging ball carriers in world rugby, his match up with hit man Adam Coleman should be a highlight of this fixture.

    Cian Healy and the aforementioned Sexton are noticeable names in the reserves.

    For Australia, it’s more about the unknown factor of a number of key players in determining the result of this one.

    Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will make their starting debuts from hooker and No.8 respectively. Adam Coleman and Izack Rodda have been in hot form in recent weeks in Super Rugby, and will need every ounce of that against arguably the best lock pairing in world rugby.

    In the backs, the big news is the omission of Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre, in favour of Samu Kerevi. While his impact in attack is undeniable, question marks still remain around his defence, especially at test level.

    I see the game hinging on his partnership with Kurtley Beale in midfield. Israel Folau is in the form of his career, and takes his place at fullback, with Marika Koroibete and Dane Haylett-Petty on the wings.

    Where the game will be won
    The unknown factor?

    It is extremely difficult to tip this game. Given the untested nature of a number of players at the top level, there’s much to be said for who seizes the opportunities that present themselves best.

    I think Australia is a better attacking side, but Ireland’s defensive effort will be suffocating. It should be intriguing to say the least.

    Ireland will start favourites with the bookies, and that’s probably justified given their last twelve months.

    With that being said, I really like the attacking mindset that Cheika has employed in his 9 thru 15 selections. Kerevi at 13 is a gamble, but it could well pay off.

    Australia by 5

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    • 10:44am
      Paul said | 10:44am | ! Report

      The reversal of the 60th minute try by Folau for a tackle without the ball, multiple phases before the Folau try must surely be a watershed moment in world rugby. I’ve been watching rugby since the 70s and I’ve never seen anything quite like that call. Yes you could have called a penalty at that moment, but the tackle without the ball had no effect on the lead-up to the try. So if you were to go back over the last 40 years of rugby internationals, and look up every try, and reverse every one that was tainted by foul play multiple phases earlier, you’d find that many great rugby internationals would have been ruined by such calls. The All Blacks wouldn’t be world champions. The referees and the touchies and the TMO would be the world champions. And there would be no crowds.

      • 12:04pm
        cantab said | 12:04pm | ! Report

        They can only go back 2 phases, so was an outright error by the Ref/TMO

    • 7:28am
      Don said | 7:28am | ! Report

      How well did the pooper work, Hooper top tackler with some absolute belters, pocock not far behind and pocock won 3 turnovers to hoopers 2 great teamwork.

      • 10:57am
        ethan said | 10:57am | ! Report

        Don’t underestimate the role of Timu in this. Having a big body at 8 who can play tight and jump lineouts is exactly whats needed to balance it out. Hopefully Timu can do what Timani promised.

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      Gumboot said | 3:47am | ! Report

      To be honest, I’m not sure what’s worse…a cocky Ocker or a paddy that thinks the world loves them.
      You guys are both FANDANGO……”FLY ME TO THE MOON”

    • 10:59pm
      The Muskavator said | 10:59pm | ! Report

      Well done Cuzzybies

      • Roar Guru

        Jokerman said | 11:03pm | ! Report

        Sweet! Happy times cuz!!

        Well done the Wallabies. Ya see we’re friends, man !

    • 10:47pm
      mace22 said | 10:47pm | ! Report

      I’m a very happy all black fan, My son and I watched this game and were jumping up down as if it was an all black game. So happy for wallaby supporters. Now we onlyu need the springboks to finish off the tri- fecta, The north were getting a bit big headed over the last couple of years. It’s time to bring them down a peg or two. WELL DONE AUSTRALIA. YES.

    • 10:35pm
      freddieeffer said | 10:35pm | ! Report

      Best performance by the Wallabies for a number of years in my book.

      Ireland played the same tactic as England last year, and that is playing solid no-frills percentage rugby with ball in hand, while putting pressure on the Wallabies to get handling errors, dumb options and poor discipline to pin them in their 22 for easy set pieces, penalties and points. Except it didn’t work, (to my surprise), so credit where credit is due for the Wallabies.

      Wallabies defence had sting in it, and their kicking game consistently produced dividends, which surprised the Irish who thought they’d keep ball in hand all night. They had variety in attack, which again surprised Ireland I think.

      If Hodge is on the bench, he needs to be on the field (somewhere?) in the last 20 to take all the kicks to get easy 40 metres with either penalties or in general play.

      Next week looks interesting with what the 2 sides come back with?

    • Roar Rookie

      Paul D said | 10:33pm | ! Report

      Ireland will be better next week, but so can we. BPA really needs to work on his throws. It hasn’t been great for the Reds this year either. Perhaps Latu to start?

    • 10:21pm
      Lara said | 10:21pm | ! Report

      Ireland showed in this game their truly lack attacking fair . This limitation will give the Wallabies plenty of comfort, but their own kicking game is so poor that against more attacking minded teams will spell disaster n those slow long cut out passes will cost them dearly. Pocock was brilliant tonight.

    • Roar Guru

      ThugbyFan said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      OMG. CJ Sander being interviewed has a hybrid Saffer-Oirish brogue. LoL

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      Joe said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      Great game by the Wallabies. Thought they had stuffed it with all the aimless kicking from Foley and Beale in the first half that led to them making a ridiculous amount of tackles but they were still strong in the second. That won’t always be the case so they need to cut out that rubbish. I though the defense was very good and the hits were strong. Nice big hits by Koroibete. Kerevi still looks a bit shaky at times but finally but his bulk to good use in defense. Pocock was great but I still think Genia thoroughly deserved his MoM award. He was tireless out there and his decision making was outstanding apart from the one box kick. Pocock gave away 2 penalties for 6 of Irelands points. If more players were like Pocock and can hang on to a Genia pass in space there probably would have been another two tries. Also have to mention Folau who was once again supreme in the air. There is no player close to him in aerial battles but the kicks from Foley and Beale need to be much better so that he has a chance to contest.

    • 10:19pm
      Simoc said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      Ireland don’t look as strong as the Pommie team out here last year. In fact they were boring.

      Good win for Australia in a solid first up performance for the season.

      • 10:22pm
        Drongo said | 10:22pm | ! Report

        Ireland’s last test match was a big win against England.

      • 11:13pm
        double agent said | 11:13pm | ! Report

        England were here in 2016

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