Ireland dominate Australia in nasty conditions

Ireland ‘s first half performance reaped two superb tries and a half-time standing ovation from a sell-out Lansdowne Road crowd. Dominating all statistics, and forcing Australia onto the back foot, it was a joy to watch (unless you’re Australian) despite the gale force conditions and rain. The 21 – 6 victory unofficially puts Ireland second place in the world, whatever the International Rugby Board world rankings. The Rugby World Cup cannot come too soon – let’s hope we can hold this form!


  • Ireland – Australia highlights video (8 mins, 28MB) from or YouTube version (3 mins, low bandwidth)
  • IRB has updated it’s rankings and Ireland is in 3rd place, to New Zealand 1st and France 2nd (sure they are!) as of 20/Nov/06
  • Read plenty of match reports via Google News

Latest IRB rankings:

  1. New Zealand 94.59 points
  2. France 85.86
  3. Ireland 84.68
  4. Australia 84.63
  5. South Africa 83.83
  6. Argentina 79.70
  7. England 79.55
  8. Scotland 77.72
  9. Wales 77.02
  10. Samoa 73.86

Ireland – Australia: Teams
Ireland: 15-Geordan Murphy (22-Girvan Dempsey 80), 14-Shane Horgan, 13-Brian O’Driscoll (captain), 12-Gordon D’Arcy, 11-Denis Hickie; 10-Ronan O’Gara, 9-Isaac Boss (20-Peter Stringer 73); 8-Denis Leamy, 7-David Wallace, 6-Neil Best (19-Simon Easterby 63), 5-Paul O’Connell (18-Malcolm O’Kelly 76), 4-Donncha O’Callaghan, 3-John Hayes, 2-Rory Best (16-Frankie Sheahan 76), 1-Bryan Young (17-Marcus Horan 63, Young 76)

Australia: 15-Chris Latham; 14-Clyde Rathbone (22-Scott Staniforth 68), 13-Lote Tuqiri, 12-Stirling Mortlock (captain), 11-Mark Gerrard; 10-Stephen Larkham (21-Mat Rogers 29), 9-Matt Giteau (20-Josh Valentine 80); 8-Wycliff Palu (19-George Smith 51), 7-Phil Waugh, 6-Rocky Elsom, 5-Mark Chisholm (18-Al Campbell 78), 4-Nathan Sharpe, 3-Guy Shepherdson (Baxter 80), 2-Tai McIsaac (16-Stephen Moore 58) 1-Al Baxter (17-Benn Robinson 40)

Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)