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Australia get advantage with opening test victory over the fighting Irish

Australia 18, Ireland 9:
THE final score does not tell the true story of today’s opening test game in Brisbane. Denied two ‘tries’ by the TMO, the Irish put up a tremendous display of running rugby, powerful forward play and typical pride in the jersey stuff over the full 80 minutes but they just could not add to their three penalties.
Ireland started with determination and even though they conceded the opening penalty, scored by home out-half Bernard Foley after three minutes, they had the lion’s share of the action in that opening 40 minutes. Australia were surviving off scraps at times and the tourists were caught a sucker punch after Joey Carbery had levelled matters and then given Ireland the lead, that led the crucial opening try.
Trailing 3-6 after 33 minutes play, the Wallabies set up a counter attack in midfield, the ball went speedily through the hands from far out, and Foley got at the end of the fluent move for a try in the left hand corner. The out-half was off-target with the conversion.
Ireland took up where they left off as the second half got underway and another sweeping Irish attack saw CJ Stander race through a gap only to be denied the touchdown by the TMO. It proved to be a major let-off for Australia. A few minutes later Joey Carbery missed a kickable penalty after more intense pressure from the Ireland pack but the young out-half found his range a few minutes later to give the Irish an 8-9 advantage going into the final quarter. It was to be Ireland’s last score. Australia were dangerous when they ran the ball wide and from another superb attack, full-back Isael Folau stormed over but again the try was disallowed. Ireland were then pushed back at the put-in to concede a penalty in front of the posts and Foley’s kick pushed the lead to 11-9 and with ten minutes remaining, Folau made a spectacular catch to set up an attack, the pack did the rest using their power and skill to create a try for David Pollock which Foley again converted.
With the clock in the red, Ireland showed great spirit to set up a scoring chance, Luke McGrath darted over but for the third time in the game, the try was not to the satisfaction of the match officials.

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