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2014/11/08 | 19:30 |  Internationals | Lansdowne Road, Dublin |  Full Time

As it happened: Ireland v Springboks

2014-11-08 21:30
Last Updated at 04:01
08 Nov 23:02
A key moment in the match when French referee Romain Poite sends Adriaan Strauss to the sin-bin... (Getty Images)
08 Nov 21:39

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08 Nov 21:37



Canada 17-13 Namibia


Japan 18-20 Maori All Blacks

Italy 24-13 Samoa

England 21-24 New Zealand

Wales 28-33 Australia

France 40-15 Fiji

Ireland 29-15 South Africa

Scotland 41-31 Argentina

08 Nov 21:23


Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton received the best-player award.

08 Nov 21:20

Well done to the Irish!

They simply made better use of their chances against an error-ridden Springbok outfit. The Boks had numerous chances to score points but couldn't capitalise. It's back to the drawing board for the South Africans.

08 Nov 21:17
FULL-TIME: Ireland 29-15 South Africa
08 Nov 21:16
80' - There's no time time for a restart as referee Poite blows for full-time...
08 Nov 21:16

79' - JP Pietersen rounds off a brilliant backline move from the Boks, but it's too-little-too-late.

Lambie misses with a quick drop attempt.

Ireland 29-15 South Africa

08 Nov 21:15
79' - TRY to the Springboks!
08 Nov 21:14

78' - Madigan calmly slots the PENALTY.

Ireland 29-10 South Africa

08 Nov 21:13

77' - Another kickable penalty for Ireland as Burger is pinged for side-entry...

Ian Madigan, who is now on for Sexton, will line up from close to the touchline...

08 Nov 21:12

76' - 15 AGAINST 15

Adriaan Strauss is now back from his time spent in the sin-bin, but the damage is done, I'm afraid...

08 Nov 21:10
74' - It's all over for South Africa I'm afraid. That last conversion means the Boks have to score three times to win.
08 Nov 21:09

73' - Sexton slots the CONVERSION from the touchline.

Ireland 26-10 South Africa

08 Nov 21:08
72' - Ireland wing Tommy Bowe scores in the corner after following up on a brilliant chip kick from scrumhalf Conor Murray.
08 Nov 21:07
72' - TRY to Ireland!
08 Nov 21:05
70' - BOK SUBS: Both prop reserves, Trevor Nyakane and Coenie Oosthuizen, are now on.
08 Nov 21:04

70' - Sexton slots the PENALTY right next to the posts.

Ireland 19-10 South Africa

08 Nov 21:04
69' - Penalty to Ireland, who are throwing everything at South Africa now. Sexton will have an easy kick and Ireland will get a 9-point lead.
08 Nov 21:03
68' - The Boks lose possession close to their own tryline...
08 Nov 21:03

67' - Sexton kicks it out close to the Bok line. There will be massive pressure on Boks now because Vermeulen has to throw into the lineout with Strauss in the sin-bin...

08 Nov 21:01
67' - BOK SUB: Handre Pollard is off, replaced by Pat Lambie.
08 Nov 21:01


Oh dear, Romain Poite decides to send Adriaan Strauss to the sin-bin. Harsh call perhaps.

08 Nov 21:00

66' - TMO CALL

Ireland fullback Kearney fails to handle a high ball from Reinach but the referee wants to check if he wasn't taken out in the air.

08 Nov 20:57
64' - BOK SUB: Eben Etzebeth is off, replaced by Bakkies Botha.
08 Nov 20:55
Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray kicks from the base... (Getty Images)
08 Nov 20:54

62' - PENALTY slotted by Sexton.

Ireland 16-10 South Africa

08 Nov 20:53

61' - Ireland win a kickable penalty when Duane Vermeulen is penalised for a high tackle.

Sexton will line up, about 15m in from touch...

08 Nov 20:52
60' - TACKLES MADE: Ireland 101-57 SA
08 Nov 20:51

59' - IRELAND SUB: Sean Cronin is off, replaced by Richardt Strauss.

His direct opponent will be his cousin and Bok hooker Adriaan.

08 Nov 20:50
58' - I have to swallow my words there. If I was was the captain, I would have opted for the three points there... It was a huge risk nevertheless. But luckily for De Villiers it paid off.
08 Nov 20:49

57' - Pollard slots the CONVERSION.

Ireland 13-10 South Africa

08 Nov 20:48
56' - Marcell Coetzee barges over after a dominating driving maul from the lineout.
08 Nov 20:47
56' - TRY to the Springboks!
08 Nov 20:47
56' - BOK SUB: Francois Hougaard is off, replaced by Cobus Reinach.
08 Nov 20:47
55' - Oh no, yet again De Villiers opts for a lineout instead of three points.
08 Nov 20:46
54' - Another powerful Bok scrum and referee Poite gives a penalty.
08 Nov 20:45
53' - After 12 phases, the Boks run out of options and go nowhere. Luckily for them, there was an Ireland hand which halted the move so we'll have another scrum, just outside the Ireland 22m area...
08 Nov 20:43


Another massive Springbok scrum produces a tighthead. Again they can attack on the Ireland 22m line...

08 Nov 20:41
50' - BOK SUB: Bismarck du Plessis is off, replaced by Adriaan Strauss.
08 Nov 20:41
50' - Not the best start for Burger as he knocks on just outside the Ireland 22m area. My word, so many chances squandered in promising positions for the Springboks.
08 Nov 20:39
49' - BOK SUB: Cornal Hendricks is off, replaced by JP Pietersen.
08 Nov 20:38
48' - Bismarck du Plessis wins a crucial penalty on the ground for the Boks, just as Ireland looked dangerous outside the Bok 22m area...
08 Nov 20:37
46' - BOK SUB: Teboho Mohoje is off, replaced by Schalk Burger.
08 Nov 20:36
46' - Another chance gone begging as Matfield is penalised for holding on to it too long on the ground...
  • 80'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 29-15: Final charge in attack from the Boks but it's too late as Pietersen gallops in for a try. His 19th score for the Boks. Lambie can't convert with a drop kick.

  • 80'

    It's over! A famous, full deserved win for O'Connell and Heaslip's men as Botha gives his congratulations. Ireland outplayed the Boks and took their chances, with Sexton in particular outstanding. A performance to remember. SA have plenty of work to do.

  • 80'


  • 78'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, MADIGAN! 29-10: Salt in the wound for the Boks as Madigan carries on from where Sexton left off.

  • 76'

    All the turnovers going Ireland's way now. There's another breakdown penalty, Ireland on top as the Boks have no answer.

  • 74'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON! 26-10: Another masterful strike from Sexton out from the touchline and Ireland can begin to smile.

  • 73'

    Maybe it's not South Africa's day. Le Roux looking for the switch to Serfontein and he drops the ball forward. Mass changes as time runs out.

  • 73'

    TRY, IRELAND, BOWE! 24-10: Bowe with the score! Murray chips over the top into space and Bowe wins the race to dot down. Great try after Sexton's break and Ireland look to have wrapped this one up.

  • 72'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 19-10: Crucial three points from Sexton's boot gives Ireland some breathing space.

  • 70'

    Strong carry from Henshaw but a great Coetzee tackle slows him down. Ireland sniffing a try and they get a penalty. Sexton sensibly to kick the points.

  • 69'

    Sexton sensing the energy places a perfect kick into the corner to pin the Boks back. The crowd are roaring! And, Vermeulen is throwing in to the lineout with Strauss in the bin! Just won at the front by Botha but Ireland turn it over. Is this the moment?

  • 67'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, STRAUSS! Stunner as Poite gives Strauss a yellow for the collision with Kearney! Boks will have to do it the hard way.

  • 66'

    Ball hoofed long by Sexton as Ireland just escape the scrum. Le Roux's counter kick finds touch. Irish lineout but it goes long, causing chaos before SA recover. Kearney hit as he catches the ball so we're checking for a mid-air tackle.

  • 65'

    Double tackle on Coetzee forces the knock on as Ireland's defence stands tall again. Toner down for treatment.

  • 63'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 16-10: Over it goes and Ireland's lead stretches that little bit more. Into the final quarter.

  • 62'

    Payne crashes up for Ireland before Heaslip runs an inside line. Shrill blast of the whistle for a high tackle by Vermeulen. No yellow but it is a penalty. Sexton lines up a shot.

  • 60'

    Timely steal by Strauss for Ireland as Ireland clear their lines. SA pinged for killing the ball as the referee speaks to both captains.

  • 59'

    Great penalty win at the breakdown by Strauss as Ireland start feeling the pressure. Ball goes out into touch at the 22.

  • 57'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 13-10: Extras from Pollard tighten up the scoreboard.

  • 56'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, COETZEE! 13-8: You can't stop that. Perfect maul from the Boks and Coetzee thunders his way over with so much power. Game on.

  • 55'

    Advantage to SA as the ball comes away from the scrum. Ireland's defence has been heroic, but can it hold out forever?

  • 53'

    Springboks win a tighthead at the scrum! Huge power from the eight and they're on the attack in Ireland's 22. Phases racking up but the passing is wayward at times. Big tackle sends the ball loose but we come back for the knock-on.

  • 50'

    Burger on for Mohoje and Pietersen on for Hendricks as Ireland's defence holds firm. Burger knocks on this time after some good build-up, but the execution is missing.

  • 48'

    Matfield penalised this time at the ruck as SA's wait for points goes on. Ireland on the charge, inside pass to Bowe but he's stopped short outside the 22. Slow progress for Ireland and B.du Plessis gets the steal.

  • 47'

    Breakdown penalty for Vermeulen and Pollard drills it into the corner. Can they find their finishing touch?

  • 46'

    Chip kick by Le Roux ends with a collision between Murray and O'Mahony, the flanker coming off worse. Play stopped as he's treated.

  • 44'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON! 13-3: Great kick from the ten and Ireland lead by ten!

  • 43'

    TRY, IRELAND, RUDDOCK! 11-3: What a day for Ruddock, into the XV at the last minute and now a first try! O'Connell makes the space in the maul for the openside to dive over.

  • 42'

    Brilliance from Bowe, winning his own up and under as Ireland attack. Kicked through by Henshaw with the ball rolling for the corner and Le Roux prods it out. Irish pressure here.

  • 40'

    Last chance for Ireland to score points at the end of the half with a lineout. Stolen though by Matfield, before Mohoje knocks on. And that's that, low scoring but an entertaining half as Ireland's defence keeps out the Springbok forwards. SA look threatening while Ireland's lineout is struggling. Second half coming up.

  • 40'

    Sexton starts off the second half as Ireland look to preserve their lead.

  • 39'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-3: No problems that time for Pollard and SA are on the board.

  • 38'

    Serfontein powering on as he hits the line, SA on the attack again. O'Connell comes through the ruck illegally off his feet and the Boks will go for the posts.

  • 36'

    More scrum pressure but Murray just gets the ball away. Kearney finds a good touch.

  • 35'

    Ross pinged for a pull on Vermeulen, putting SA into the corner with a lineout. Won by Matfield but Hougaard is hounded by the defence. Ireland scrum.

  • 34'

    B.du Plessis comes in at the side again and is penalised by the referee. Sexton finds touch over halfway.

  • 32'

    Strange passage as Sexton kicks to Toner on the wing, but his tap down goes straight to Etzebeth! O'Mahony regathers but is bundled into touch.

  • 30'

    Ireland recover at the scrum and then B.du Plessis comes in at the side. Penalty Ireland, Sexton clears.

  • 29'

    Another scrum penalty for SA and back into the corner we go. Points perhaps the better option and it hurts SA in the end as Hougaard knocks on.

  • 27'

    Catch and drive from the Boks is well defended initially by Ireland. Called to use it by the referee but SA fail to do so and it's an Irish scrum.

  • 26'

    Scrum to SA just over halfway. Huge scrum from the Springbok eight wins them a penalty. Pollard kicks into the corner.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 6-0: Curled in by the number ten and Ireland double their lead.

  • 23'

    It's the day for full-backs. Kearney excellent now as he skips a tackle cutting inside. Ireland get a penalty in range for Sexton.

  • 21'

    Outstanding from Le Roux as he takes the high ball and cuts his way through the defence. Into the 22 but it's slowed down, Ireland recovering. Ball knocked on by Serfontein and Le Roux, is offside. Ireland escape.

  • 18'

    Miss! Pollard unsuccessful from long range. Ireland drop out. Kicks exchanged, Kearney excellent under the high ball. Possible knock on by Le Roux but nothing given before Pollard grubbers it into touch.

  • 17'

    Ireland in possession but the penalty goes SA's way, home side off their feet at the ruck. On halfway and Pollard will take a shot.

  • 16'

    Another chance wasted by SA as they initially force the turnover, before it squirts out under pressure on Hougaard and Ireland hack it away. SA lineout on halfway.

  • 14'

    Stolen lineout by Etzebeth puts the Boks in a great position. Forward pass though brings that attack to and end. Ireland holding for now.

  • 13'

    Ireland get the maul going before Zebo kicks. Returned by Le Roux but an Irish chip doesn't work out. Finally the ball ends up in touch deep in Irish territory.

  • 11'

    Brilliant from the Boks, wide ball and Serfontein breaks the line. Ferocious breakdown defence from Ireland but SA go wide the pass is straight into touch. Irish lineout.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-0: Easy for the experienced number ten as Ireland take the lead.

  • 8'

    Too many men at the lineout so Ireland get a free kick, opting for the scrum. Penalty Ireland, Du Plessis the culprit.

  • 6'

    Ball nearly breaks for Bowe down the touchline but it beats him into touch off Le Roux. Irish lineout outside the SA 22.

  • 5'

    Lineout won by the Boks but the TMO is being consulted for a possible leading elbow from Coetzee. No offence and we'll have the first scrum of the game.

  • 4'

    SA's maul rumbles but loses steam. Possession changes hands as Ireland reach halfway - trying to get wide. Carries for Henshaw and Payne before Sexton kicks and Le Roux finds touch.

  • 2'

    Habana driven into touch as Ireland get the lineout in SA's half. High kick from Sexton and Le Roux does well under his own posts to catch that.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Test match between Ireland and South Africa in Dublin.

  • 0'

    There is one new cap in the Irish matchday 23, with Ulster''s Payne set to make his debut alongside Henshaw in an exciting new centre partnership. Paul O''Connell captains the side and is joined in the engine room by Devin Toner.

  • 0'

    South Africa have stuck with the same starting XV that defeated New Zealand at Ellis Park in October, making one change on the bench. The only change to the matchday squad is at replacement prop, where the injured Van der Merwe is replaced by Oosthuizen.

  • 0'

    Late change for Ireland, Henry is out with Ruddock taking his place.

  • 0'

    Wet and wild earlier today in Dublin but the conditions are holding firm now as get underway with the anthems.

  • 0'

    Pollard gets us underway! Cleared by Murray and Vermeulen knocks on under the high ball. Irish in possession.

Jump to

Ireland South Africa
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 41' Rhys Ruddock
    • 71' Tommy Bowe
    • 56' Marcell Coetzee
    • 79' J.P Pietersen
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 42' Jonny Sexton
    • 73' Jonny Sexton
    • 57' Handre Pollard
  • 5 Penalties 1
    • 8' Jonny Sexton
    • 23' Jonny Sexton
    • 62' Jonny Sexton
    • 70' Jonny Sexton
    • 78' Ian Madigan
    • 37' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 66' Adriaan Strauss
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jack McGrath
  • Sean Cronin
  • Mike Ross
  • Devin Toner
  • Paul O'Connell
  • Peter O'Mahony
  • Rhys Ruddock
  • Jamie Heaslip
  • Conor Murray
  • Jonny Sexton
  • Simon Zebo
  • Robbie Henshaw
  • Jared Payne
  • Tommy Bowe
  • Rob Kearney
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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Victor Matfield
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Handre Pollard
  • Bryan Habana
  • Jean De Villiers
  • Jan Serfontein
  • Cornal Hendricks
  • Willie Le Roux
  • Richardt Strauss
  • Dave Kilcoyne
  • Rodney Ah You
  • Mike McCarthy
  • Tommy O'Donnell
  • Eoin Reddan
  • Ian Madigan
  • Felix Jones
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Bakkies Botha
  • Schalk Burger
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Patrick Lambie
  • J.P Pietersen

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