Ireland down bungling Oz

2011-09-17 12:18

Auckland - Ireland won the high-stakes battle with Australia to go top of Pool C and close in on a Rugby World Cup quarter-final berth with a tenacious 15-6 win at Eden Park on Saturday.

The fighting Irish won the tactical battle and hustled the world number two Wallabies out of their rhythm with determined defence and judicious kicking in conducive wet conditions.

It was Ireland's first win over the Wallabies in five World Cup encounters and comes after they were twice beaten at the World Cup by a point in 1991 and 2003. Once again they rose to the occasion of the underdog against Australia.

The win takes Ireland to eight points in their pool, three ahead of the Wallabies with two matches to play, but it was a huge psychological blow for one of the fancied tournament teams.

It was a triumph for Brian O'Driscoll's Irish team, who went into the match in indifferent form and with questions about whether they could stay with the Wallabies over the 80 minutes.

But the Wallabies in the end had no answer to the relentless pressure the Irish exerted on them and playmakers Quade Cooper and Will Genia were subdued by swarming defenders.

The pre-match withdrawals of hooker Stephen Moore and openside flank David Pocock were also keenly felt, with their replacements Tatafu Polota-Nau and Ben McCalman not measuring up on the occasion.

Ronan O'Gara came off the reserves bench to kick two crucial penalties and further increase his Irish record to 1,039 points.

A near capacity 58,678 crowd generated a crackling atmosphere as both teams ripped into each other in the opening stages.

Fullback Kurtley Beale was prominent, spectacularly regathering his own high kick to put the Wallabies on the front foot before James O'Connor landed an 11th minute penalty.

The Irish equalised through flyhalf Jonathan Sexton's penalty after Rocky Elsom had been penalised and hit the front minutes later through a Sexton drop goal.

The Irish forwards forced three turnovers, particularly on centre Pat McCabe carrying the ball too high into contact as the Wallaby scrum came under pressure.

Ireland enjoyed more territory and had Wallaby scrumhalf Genia under constant pressure upsseting Australia's rhythm and ball flow to the backline.

O'Connor levelled with his second penalty, but the Irish finished the half the better with blindside flank Stephen Ferris picking up Genia and driving him backwards 15m after an untidy Wallaby scrum win.

Sexton kicked Ireland to the front 9-6 after James Horwill was offside in a ruck eight minutes after the interval.

O'Gara came on and kicked a crucial penalty to put the Irish six points ahead with 18 minutes left.

The Australians had to defend for their lives after a high kick put the Wallabies under pressure on their own try-line but they held firm.

The Irish kept cranking up the pressure in the rain and prop Cian Healy forced the Australian front row to go down and get a crucial penalty.

O'Gara slotted it over to give the Irish a nine-point lead with the Australians losing all the key plays.

The Wallabies' big chance came seven minutes in a rare attacking raid but centre Anthony Fainga'a pass to winher Adam Ashley-Cooper went sailing into touch and the chance was gone.

Irish winger Tommy Bowe almost scored the only try of the match with an 80m intercept two minutes from time but was chased down by O'Connor five metres from the try-line.


  • milswanka - 2011-09-17 12:20

    Serves you right AUS...well done Ireland, you deserve it!

      Cogito - 2011-09-17 12:24

      QF Aus vs SA! Now I wish we lost to Wales - getting that kick in our favour was eventually to our disadvantage. So long Bokke. Hope the granddads bow out on a high!

      Jamal - 2011-09-17 12:30

      @Cogito, please give a proper rugby reason why you have commented so

      Buffalo - 2011-09-17 12:38

      Is your name really Mils-wanker? What does Mils think of that? Sorry, this is really directed @Cogito - who obviously does not. Confidence, cog-less, confidence. The only place that the Springboks would have come close to losing to this Irish team would be at Landsdowne Road, on a rain-infested day, with Paul Honis as the ref. The Aussie arrogance obviously undid them. Shame, now they get to meet us. Yes, NZ are smiling . . .

      Punter - 2011-09-17 12:39

      @Congito the reason he is a f&%k%p

      Cogito - 2011-09-17 12:41

      @Jamal No need to. The 'great rugby analysts' in our 'prestiged print and electronic media' will educate you on my behalf in the next few weeks so much so that you'll be inundated beyond ignorance. However much you may want to ignore the fact that we should be very much concerned about facing the Wallabies in the QF, and mislead yourself by concluding that we are overwhelming favorites to beat them the reality is we are in trouble!!

      EDI2000 - 2011-09-17 12:48

      @Cogito This is the same type of arrogance that has let the Wally-bees fail at this test against Ireland and will hold them in good stead angainst a rampant BOK squad so by all mean mate carry on , carry on....

      milswanka - 2011-09-17 13:03

      @buffalo...there is a typo, was suppose to reed "milswanca"....Mother I'd Like to Sleep With And Never Call Again

      Jamal - 2011-09-17 13:09

      @Cogito, just as I thought, no rugby reason but just some troll who still thinks its the 80's wearing his black beret and doing fist salutes all day

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-17 14:00

      To be quite honest, I'd rather play Ireland in the quarters. Would we throw a game to achieve that result - I doubt it, but if its all about winning the cup and nothing else??? Nah, we'd never do it - bring on the Aussies!

      Bambie - 2011-09-17 14:31

      @Cogito...totally agree with you. I would rather play Ireland in the quarter final than the Aussies but i see all the rugby lovers here disagree with you. Strange..i'm sure they missed the Tri-nations but anyway.. Great game Bokke hope you bring the cup back home but as we facing Aus in the quarters I think it's going to be very hard...Good luck..

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-17 14:38

      Have the Irish upset South Africa's well laid out plans already....maybe it is the Australians that we will meet in the quarter finals!

      BrainPWR - 2011-09-17 15:01

      I also agree with Cogito. Ireland play a very fwd orientated game and the boks are capable of matching them on this. Aus will be harder to beat and they have confidence after beating us home and away in the Tri-nations.........

      FM150 - 2011-09-17 15:02

      Crap!!! That means AUS in the QF and the AB's in the SF!?!?!?! At least no one can say it was an easy road when we win the cup! (If we leave the backline as it is!)

      wdvilliers - 2011-09-17 15:08

      @Cogito Ag shame...we will remeber your name...

      Hardekwas - 2011-09-17 15:24

      This is simple really, now the boks can relax and afford to "gooi" 'n game and by doing so ensure that Samoa or Wales take on the Australia.

      Jean - 2011-09-17 16:20

      World cup rugby is war good structures and a good defense will always beat a running loose approach the Ab's and Aussies just cant seem to get that into their thick skulls that's y England makes it to the final they can play that kind of rugby. well done Irish and i smell the French doing something similar.

  • Jay - 2011-09-17 12:21

    Nice one Ireland.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-18 09:24

      Agree. What a game! Well done Ireland!

  • odysseus - 2011-09-17 12:22

    wow! Certainly seems this will have a knock on effect to our world cup campaign....

  • whereu - 2011-09-17 12:23

    Does that mean Bokke vs Oz in quarters? ABs idea of heaven!

  • Jamal - 2011-09-17 12:23

    Wahaa, where are those fake Ozzies who were ragging the Boks on thurday: Bruce Dundee, OutbackJack and the like. Come out you cowards

      Les - 2011-09-17 12:41

      yup Jamal... they ain't looking so flash now are they... Remember the Reds coach`s comment last week? Bet he's smarting right now.... hehehe

      sipholess - 2011-09-17 12:54

      Dont know about the rest but I've just seen outbackjack, he was on his knees with a large bodypart in his mouth !

      StangV2_0 - 2011-09-17 13:02

      Lol.. Yeah Bruce predicted a Fiji win by 6.. haha!! And now Aus get bent by Ireland!! Perfect weekend so far!!

      Jeff Toms - 2011-09-17 13:08

      @Les fully agree with you he was the usual self serving arrogant sheep sha**er am SOOOO glad they were undone by a great Irish team....

      Selwyn - 2011-09-17 15:21

      LOL The gone sheep shagging!!!

  • Jay - 2011-09-17 12:24

    Boks vs Auz in quaters.....

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-09-17 12:47

      assuming Ire beat Italy and we beat Samoa

      springbokke - 2011-09-17 13:29

      The boks must still get past Samoa...only then..

  • Matewis - 2011-09-17 12:24

    That was one exciting game. I almost spilled my beer when they apparently scored the try in the 78th minute. Well done Paddy!

  • Claude - 2011-09-17 12:24

    Great performance by Ireland - well done. I would prefer to meet Ireland in the Quarter Finals though.

  • Sean Looney - 2011-09-17 12:26

    just like the boks have been underrated coming into this world cup so too have the irish. they are probably man for man the best team in the northern hemisphere, and they are capable of beating anyone on their day. as much as i don't like the implications of the result for south africa i applaud the nation i now call home!

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-09-17 12:48

      I'm with you Sean. It's effectively now a 6-nations stream and a Tri-nations one! Makes for an interesting WC!

      martin.white.w - 2011-09-17 13:04

      Wow, didn't see that coming... Well done to Ireland - was rooting for them all the way in spite of it making SA's job possibly more difficult. Good point about 6 nations vs Try nations. In a way I, wish SA could come second somehow in pool d - that way we'd have a fairly "easy" run to the finals.

  • baasdingane - 2011-09-17 12:26

    excellent! well done ireland. its always entertaining watching the australians kakoff.

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-17 12:28

    brillant now South Africa have to face Australia if South Africa win there pool bye bye to the boks

      kitchenboy3 - 2011-09-17 12:34

      go back to Krypton

      ChiefGalaktus - 2011-09-17 12:35

      How? did you come to the conclusion that the Bokke wont win against South Africa's 10th Province?

      Jamal - 2011-09-17 12:36

      With that performance by Australia I am not so sure

      Lance - 2011-09-17 12:52

      The Boks have shown some ball skills today to match Austrailia's....unfortunately the Aussies wont come near matching the boks physically.

      sipholess - 2011-09-17 13:07

      @ClarkKent.....How can we take you wear tights for god sake.

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-17 13:10

      Supergirl, the Irish just showed us how to win the Ausies (If we did not know). This is the RWC, not some tri-Nation games the Bokke had to get behind their backs before concentrating on the BIG one. Did you watch thie Bokke earlier? Did you see that they are a completely different team from the one playing in the tri-Nations? Did you see what proper defence can do? And a scatching offensive? Besides, our scrummaging is better than the Irish scrummaging. The Ausies will first have to find a tight five and then teach them how to play rugby, for the present five certainly cannot. And Genia and Cooper suddenly looked dim behind a losing pack …

      FJ2 - 2011-09-17 13:12

      Clark Kent again, confirming that the space between his ears is not empty after all - it's filled by hot air!

      Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-17 13:22

      Clark you are obviously a morron thats never played the game at the highest level yet has an uneducated opinion......

  • cupid - 2011-09-17 12:28

    HAHAHAHA....You deserved to get slapped you arrogant idiots. Ive been sick to death of thier media hyping up the Wallabies and thier lack of respect to other teams including Ireland. They claimed the Wallabies scrum was the best in the world without considering the teams from the Northern Hemisphere. I wonder what these delusional clowns will come up now. ? Well DONE Ireland and the support was amazing. I have a feeling more than half were kiwis cheering on the Irish

  • EJ - 2011-09-17 12:31

    You know what this means...a possible NZ vs Australia semi final

      EJ - 2011-09-17 12:34

      or whoever wins between the quarterfinal between Aus and SA...scarey!!...

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  • Juggernaut - 2011-09-17 12:33

    Go Ireland.

  • Bootman - 2011-09-17 12:35

    Who's the clown now........clowns !!!

  • Marcelo - 2011-09-17 12:36

    Congratulations Ireland!. In 2007 Argentina's Los Pumas triggered off a chain reaction that shook the Rugby World by beating France and consequently setting up a clash between France and the All Blacks in the quarterfinal with the All Blacks crashing out miserably. Having said that, Ireland might have triggered off the Argentinian-type chain reaction and possibly setting up a clash between the Wallabies and the Springboks. I'm afraid the Wallabies will be too strong and dangerous and will be firing in all cylinders against the Springboks in the quarterfinals!!.

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-17 12:36

    I think Divs plan A has just been shredded as the Aussies will take the boks down over here in the quarter final

      Lance - 2011-09-17 12:55

      ..not even Superman could stop a GREEN TSUNAMI...

      Buffalo - 2011-09-17 13:12

      Is that really an `e' in your surname?

  • Jay - 2011-09-17 12:38

    France beat AB?will turn the hole thing upside down

      EDI2000 - 2011-09-17 12:51

      France by 8

      wiledog - 2011-09-17 13:18

      viva la France!!!!! well done Oirish!!!

      9mmP - 2011-09-17 14:46

      Blacks been beaten by them more than once before - watched the game in 1999 in Wales for the wooed spoon - the blacks folded like wet cardboard before the blue cocks - go Hane!

  • bullincapeto - 2011-09-17 12:39

    Where is Outback Jack or should I say brokeback jack?

  • Juggernaut - 2011-09-17 12:41

    Does Gert Smal still coach Ireland forwards?

      Malcolm - 2011-09-17 13:52

      Yes he does. And those forwards were awesome today. Lots of credit must go to Smal

  • BB - 2011-09-17 12:41

    O hel . baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Pooh-Bear - 2011-09-17 12:45

    If Ireland dominated against Aus, why is everyone saying they'd rather face them in the Quarters? If we're to be deserved World Champs, let's take the Wallabies and then the All Blacks on!!

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-17 13:16

      Exactly my feelings! Let's take on the whole bloody lot. Let's moer whoever is thrown our way. Why only bully the little ones - like the Ausies, Kiwis and England?

      StaalBurgher - 2011-09-17 17:01

      At first glance it seems to be worse for us but it is probably much of a muchness. Regardless of this result we would have to beat both the ABs and the Wallabies if we want to retain the title. Quarters or semis exit makes no difference - only a title counts. The only negative is that the SH can't get a lock on the tournament before the final. But for all their good play the Irish are not beating the ABs in the final if they meet, and if they face us, coming off a win against the ABs... title will still be in the SH. Can't see it happening any other way.

  • patrickb - 2011-09-17 12:46

    Samoa will top pool D, so we will play Ireland.

      Clark Kent - 2011-09-17 12:49

      yup and you would lose that game to bye bye

      FJ2 - 2011-09-17 13:16

      Samoa? Oh you mean those dimwits that afforded the Namibian backs so much space to run into? Sorry numbnuts, but if the Boks can create so much against a Fijian team that allowed so much less space at the back, they are going to murder Samoa. Clark Kent is backing you. That should be a warning.

  • paul.maarman - 2011-09-17 12:47

    like all the other world cups, this one is going to be won by defence and the set pieces. le flair is for the super 15 and tri nation...not the world cup....with all that said, I intensely dislike the Aussies, arrogance does that to me...Bokke improving nicely, steady as she goes...- Go Bokke Go!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-17 12:49

    That was almost as lekker as the Bokke's win!

  • bakes - 2011-09-17 12:54

    Well wekk well

  • macrini - 2011-09-17 12:55

    All tri-nations teams vying for the same spot. England, France & Ireland will fancy their chances of making the final!

  • Johann - 2011-09-17 12:58

    Very very nice Ireland!!!

  • marco - 2011-09-17 13:05

    Ireland has never reached the Semifinals in Worldcup history,and now have a real chance potentially facing Wales/Samoa/Fiji in the Quarter-finals and then England/France in the Semi's.

  • Spioen - 2011-09-17 13:21

    THE BOKS WILL beat both NZ and OZ in the knockouts. If they don't, they don't deserve claim to the title. I think OZ confidence will be knocked hard after this, they don't deal well with mental setbacks Bring on wallabies, the Boks will MOEEER UUU in the QF's!! Bringon BOKS AB SEMI FINAL!

  • GregandShaz - 2011-09-17 13:25

    Well done Ireland well done fellas a great win

  • wozlocksley - 2011-09-17 13:26

    well done to the irish! they thoroughly deserved their win.

  • Buffalo - 2011-09-17 13:41

    Isn't Klark Cent just the most irritating git - with the exception of ALL Australian commentators - in the whole world. What a w4nker! Anyway . . . Ireland, Ireland, forever standing tall . . . well done Boyos! One should see central Ireland in Spring. It is a Springbok supporter's idea of photogenic: The beautiful green fields interspersed with fields of golden flowers. Now John Smit's boys get the chance to destroy the sheep-sh4ggers in the quarters. Oh yes, the Kiwis are smiling . . .

  • Joshua Austin - 2011-09-17 13:49

    Yes thank you very much - next up another famous French victory!

  • EJ - 2011-09-17 14:01

    If they say All blacks choke at world cup then wallabies choked on spinach at the garden of Eden hahahaha

  • saburger - 2011-09-17 14:03

    Good game Ireland! and it all starts with your impressive forwards. The 6-nation teams excellent forwardplay will certainly make them a huge factor not to be ignored by the Boks.

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-17 14:04

    well its early days yet, & as nice as it was to see the Wobbelies get beaten by the Irish (well done guys) it means that we will probably play the Wobbelies in the quarters, but to really claim the WC title for the 3rd time we need to be able to beat anyone, so the sooner we play the top teams the better, if the Boks end up beating the Kiwis, Im pretty sure that Paddy O Brien will trying to change the rules again, they never recover from that, let the games begin.

  • Brent - 2011-09-17 14:31

    uh oh our road to the final just got alot tougher

  • - 2011-09-17 14:32

    still early days . . . but man its been a good day !! :-) Here's to an all green final.

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-09-17 15:01

      That would be great! Assuming there are no more upsets in the groups, Ireland will have to win 6-nations and we'll have to win T3N

  • albertvds - 2011-09-17 14:35

    Well done Ireland!!! Die Bokke will maul the Sheep Shaggers as well. Ons bang hulle nie.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-17 16:25

      Aus will bounce back stronger but I really believe in our team when they play to their potential . Our big short is never talent, it's loss of concentration & complacency ( been there seen that kind of thing ) If they're hungry they can crush any team in the world ... it was encouraging to see that old hunger to win against Fiji .

  • MB1810 - 2011-09-17 14:50

    Well I guess if we manage to somehow retain the Cup, no one will say we didn't deserve it with Aus now the most likely QF opponents and NZ in the semi. I really hope we get passed the Aussies in the QF, seeing as we have not beaten them once this year.

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-09-17 15:05

      We've only played them twice this year, if I'm not mistaken? One with a "B Team" and one with our big boys just back and still rusty (and there was only 4 points in it). Not much in that!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-17 16:46

      They had a good ( & honest) win but it was not a walkover against an obviously out of sorts SB team . A few lucky bounces and one or two less ball drops and we could have won that test. We didn't, they won but there wasn't much between the two teams on the day . Aus buckles under pressure with the best of them . England showed that, Samoa and Ireland . Get fired up and really take it to them up front, put pressure on Cooper and we win . If we get the intensity higher or at the same level I think we'll edge them ... It will be an epic game . My ideal scenario will be to play NZ and AUS on the way to the WC like back in 95 . I'm not hoping for an easier road to the WC I want the toughest one , toughest pool Aus and NZ . There needs to be no doubt .

  • KUNZIE - 2011-09-17 15:11

    To all so called Bok supporters who are worried about playing Oz in the win the RWC you must win all your games and beat the best.If Ireland can beat them then I am sure we can do the same.But let's all calm down and not get ahead of ourselves as we need to still respect and beat a good Samoan team.All the same I love it when the Aussies lose.

  • Drummerboi - 2011-09-17 16:47

    Why does everyone want an easy road to the final? I say if you want to be the best you have to beat the best, and if that means beating the AB's and the Aussies then so be it! No one can beat the Bokke on their day!

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-09-17 16:55

    My mates in Ireland tell me the Irish are firmly in the belief this world cup is theirs for the taking. *chortles*

      kurtvs - 2011-09-17 21:12

      They have a good chance the tri nation teams will have had a much tougher road to final and might just end up tired and injured in the final.

      Ken - 2011-09-23 20:39

      I'm not saying Ireland will win it, but if the rest of the group games play out as expected, the games against Wales and then France or England are winnable, and then they would be in a final. no one gave them a chance against Oz.... so of course it's theirs for the taking. It's a tall order to beat a tri nations side in the world cup but not impossible... anyteam can have an off day.

  • remco mons - 2011-09-17 18:10

    On a neutral ground (field), the boks will beat the Wallabies and proceed to the next fase.... we are gelling nicely, playing a mix of forward and backline rugby, kicking the ball away less. Look at today, the first time in the match when we didn't kick, resulted in Gurthro scoring, to be repeated a couple more times and thus scoring. Way to go bokke, it doesn't matter who we'll face in the quarters...

  • NZdreamer - 2011-09-17 21:28

    FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC!!!!! I am SOOOO proud of the Irish - JUST WELL DONE BOYS! GO GREEN!!! Whooooo hooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

  • Ross Cameron - 2011-09-17 22:11

    This great news. If we win the cup we will truly be deserved winners as the Boks would have defeated both the wallabies and the ABs on the way to glory- just like in '95!

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-17 22:48

    This is the opinion of the local new zealand herald...

  • Spioen - 2011-09-17 23:01

    Wie's Bang!!! Bting it on Oz and AB's, the BOK is coming for you!! Bok ruik bloed!!!