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Ireland claim series win in Australia after edging the Wallabies in dramatic decider

Australia 16 Ireland 20

Ireland have beaten Australia 20-16 in Sydney. The victory means they win the three-match series 2-1

A dogged defensive effort saw Ireland hold on for a memorable win, which seals a first southern hemisphere test series win since 1979.

A try from CJ Stander at the back of the maul early in the second half saw Ireland move eight points clear but Australia battled back with a try from Marika Koroibete following a clever Bernard Foley kick.

Australia piled immense pressure on Ireland in the final 15 minutes but Joe Schmidt's men held on for a thrilling victory.

The first half was a tight affair, with Ireland taking a 12-9 lead in at the break, with four Johnny Sexton penaltiies edging three from Bernard Foley.

However, as was a recurring theme across the series, Ireland would have been frustrated that they didn't convert their dominance into more points.

Each side received a yellow card in the first half also, with Jacob Stockdale spending ten minutes in the sin bin for raising his hand in the tackle while Israel Folau joined him towards the end of the half after taking out Peter O'Mahony in the air.

The Ireland captain was forced off injured thereafter, with his Australian counterpart Michael Hooper departing earlier in the game after injuring his hamstring.

Irish Independent

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