Ireland 19-16 South Africa: Autumn Nations Series – live reaction | Autumn Nations Series

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A strong win in the long run for Eire, whose little bit extra high quality of their vast sport has bought them there. Nevertheless, can’t assist however surprise if Le Roux was given extra time, or with a 1o enjoying higher than Willemse what might have been for the Boks.


80 minutes. PEEEEEEEP! The ball is off the sphere and it’s throughout.

79 minutes. A couple of extra carries, a number of extra seconds slip away…

78 minutes. Eire have a lineout within the Bok half and it’s gained beneath enormous stress from Mostert. Recreation administration time now for Eire.

TRY! Eire 19 – 16 South Africa (Kurt-Lee Arendse)

76 minutes. South Africa pile the stress on within the Eire 22 and the ball comes left through Le Roux and Etzebeth to Arendse who’s in. Conversion missed and a tense jiffy are coming.

Kurt-Lee Arendse scores to set up a nervy finish.
Kurt-Lee Arendse scores to arrange a nervy end. {Photograph}: Brian Lawless/PA

PENALTY! Eire 19 – 11 South Africa.

73 minutes. Eire have a penalty out left on the South Africa 22 which Sexton decides he needs to take the factors from. It’s not a straightforward kick in any respect, however the Eire captain slots it to make it a two rating hole.

70 minutes. Eire’s kicking sport continues to be a thriller, I each wrestle to grasp the selections they’re taking to kick and likewise why they then really do the kicks so badly. The most recent nothing boot finally ends up with Willemse, who in a full “maintain my beer” second, booms it out on the complete from outdoors his 22 beneath no stress.

68 minutes. South Africa, as regular, look a much better workforce with Willie Le Roux on the sphere.

TRY! Eire 16 – 11 South Africa (Franco Mostert)

67 minutes. A beautiful angled kick from Le Roux is gathered out proper by Kolbe, who’s prevented from scoring by an enormous sort out by Jimmy O’Brien. The Boks comes left on a excessive sort out penalty benefit and Mostert cuts a pleasant angle to stretch over.

Kolbe hits the submit with the conversion! How vital will that be?

Franco Mostert makes the line to score the first try for the Springbocks.
Franco Mostert makes the road to attain the primary attempt for the Springbocks. {Photograph}: Brian Lawless/PA

Arendse is again on as a blood substitute for Mapimpi.

Treadwell is on for Beirne.

64 minutes. Kwagga Smith goes shortly from a penalty and runs twenty metres and up into the Eire 22. The ball is labored to Etzebeth within the 13 channel who does a full on lock’s job on the market of fully ignoring a two man overlap outdoors him, preferring to attempt to powder the tackler in entrance of him as an alternative. It was very a lot the incorrect determination because it results in a knock on.

61 minutes. South Africa are penalised for not driving straight within the scrum, however Eire can’t capitalise and the Boks are again on the assault through a stupendous dummy and go from Vincent Koch on the left touchline. Glorious prop expertise motion from the sub.

There follows some normal maladroit efforts from either side, resulting in little.

58 minutes. And it’s a take a look at that’s failed on the first ask as Bealham pops up beneath stress from the brand new Boks entrance row. Willemse sends it to the Irish 22.

56 minutes. A little bit of time is taken to finish a scrum and De Klerk’s field kick is fumbled ahead by Balacoune.

Ox Nche is on for Kitshoff and Bongi Mbonambi replaces Marx. Powerful take a look at for Eire’s pack now.

50 minutes. Faf De Klerk is on for Hendrikse and Willie Le Roux replaces the nameless Kurt-Lee Arendse

For all their strengths South Africa should not nice at coming from a number of scores behind and this inventive shift is their try and rectify this, however will probably be tough ask from right here.

TRY! Eire 16 – 6 South Africa (Mack Hansen)

49 minutes. The ball pops out of a Bok ruck on the best touchline and is jumped on by Doris who retains it alive and again inside. The ball makes its means by way of fingers to Gibson-Park who dummies and goes by way of the pure dogleg that the SA blitz creates. As soon as in behind Eire execute a sequence of completely timed draw and passes all the best way out to Hansen to attain on the left touchline.

A attempt of very top quality, tempo and composure.

Sexton can’t convert.

Mack Hansen delights the Irish fans as he goes over for the second try.
Mack Hansen delights the Irish followers as he goes over for the second attempt. {Photograph}: Morgan Treacy/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

TRY! Eire 11 – 6 South Africa (Josh Van Der Flier)

46 minutes. It’s a entrance ball catch and drive from Eire that the Springboks defence set and pushes in the direction of the touchline. The phalanx of gamers goes in the direction of the nook flag and within the midst of it Van Der Flier pops the ball down over the road together with his proper hand whereas staying millimetres the best facet of contact. That’s pretty much as good a end as you will note.

Sexton can’t convert from means out left.

Ireland's Josh van der Flier celebrates scoring their first try of the match.
Eire’s Josh van der Flier (crimson helmet) celebrates scoring their first attempt of the match. {Photograph}: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

45 minutes. Eire go somewhat extra direct within the first phases of the half, with Gibson-Park being little busier across the ruck. They’re up close to the 22 earlier than SA are offside, and Sexton has spurned the factors and gone to the nook!

Vincent Koch replaces Frans Malherbe

43 minutes. A couple of scrum resets lead finally to an Eire penalty for causes it’s arduous to find out because it appears like Bealham was hinging to me, however my view is irrelevant in my very own home, by no means thoughts on this discipline. Sexton boots in ahead and Eire will assault within the Boks’ half.

Second Half!

40 minutes. South Africa have the ball after Eire clear.

Finlay Bealham is on for the injured Tadhg Furlong.

Half Time!

PEEEEEP! The groups head in from the chilly.

PENALTY! Eire 6 – 6 South Africa (Cheslin Kolbe)

40 minutes. South Africa assault within the Eire 22 on a penalty benefit. The assault involves nothing as Eire get amongst the breakdown, however Kolbe asks for the tee to degree the scores as we go in for half time.

39 minutes. And defend it Eire do! James Ryan is shipped up within the air within the lineout and he whips the ball again onto the Irish facet for Jimmy O’Brien to clear.

Furlong is the newest to be receiving remedy in a sport that has the attrition price of Rollerball. The large man is again up although, and on we go.

37 minutes. A fragile grubber from Hendrikse is grabbed by Kriel earlier than the ball is floated proper, however Balacoune covers. There was an advantave being performed and Eire must defend a penalty on their very own 5m line.

PENALTY! Eire 6 – 3 South Africa (Johnny Sexton)

35 minutes. In any case that, Sexton slots and simple three factors from in entrance.

34 minutes. Murray dummies and goes by way of a spot off the again of an Irish lineout within the South Africa half. They’re into the 22 and the forwards have a go at punching some holes in the course of the sphere. They’re as much as double figures earlier than they go vast and are met once more by the Mapimpi rush-and-clamp defence. However, the house facet don’t panic, maintain working the ball and finally have a penalty.

Lood De Jager is injured, changed by Franco Mostert.

Murray has additionally had a knock, changed by Jamison Gibson-Park

32 minutes. Eire have some respectable phases earlier than the ball is given as much as SA and Dan Sheehan places in a terrific block on an tried Willemse clearance. Instantly it’s a foot race with Kriel and Sheehan exhibits he’s no slouch, dribbles the ball ahead over the road however can’t floor it with out bouncing the ball. So shut for the Leinster hooker.

For all of the Bok bodily and territorial dominance, it’s nonetheless 3-3 and the longer it goes on, the extra assured Eire must be.

29 minutes. One other ball goes down in Irish possession as they proceed to work the expansive patterns which can be being put beneath huge stress by the Springbok umbrella fashion defence. Farrell wants a phrase at half time to maintain it somewhat extra easy and make SA defend a bit extra.

27 minutes. Eire have made 78 tackles to South Africa’s 36, it’s been a punishing take a look at for Irish conditioning on this opening half-hour.

It’s been a bruising first half in Dublin.
It’s been a bruising first half in Dublin {Photograph}: Brian Lawless/PA

Stuart McCloskey is off, utilizing his shirt as a brief sling, and that brings on Jimmy O’Brien for his debut.

26 minutes. Eire get some territory for the primary time shortly after Hansen punts a ball up into the Bok half and chases effectively to place them beneath stress. However the next chasers are too eager and are offside permitting SA to launch the stress.

Kolbe has returned to the sphere as McCloskey is down receiving remedy. He could be an enormous loss for Eire.

23 minutes. Again come the Boks, who’ve spent a number of time within the Eire 22 to date, constructing as soon as once more from maul earlier than De Jager is just too eager and goes off his ft a the lineout.

Eire have completed nothing with the primary eight minutes of the Kolbe yellow card.

MISSED PENALTY! Eire 3 – 3 South Africa (Damian Willemse)

20 minutes. One other penalty gained on the breakdown following an enormous SA maul which Willemse tees up and completely spanners it about 45 metres vast proper. Wow, that was terrible, like he’s carrying a visitors cone for a boot

18 minutes. One other intelligent sample from Eire is learn superbly by Mapimpi who flies as much as Keenan and rattles him into subsequent Thursday because the ball arrives. Eire’s clearers can’t get there shortly sufficient to forestall the Boks successful a penalty on the breakdown.

Lovely, brutal defence from Mapimpi.

YELLOW CARD! Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)

He’s off for ten minutes after the Ref decides Hansen finally ends up on his again.

16 minutes. Eire run an intricate sample off the scrum that places McCloskey by way of a gap earlier than an enormous go is floated left in the direction of Hansen. The wing can’t grip it first time which permits the Bok defence to smother him, and as a part of this Kolbe turns him previous the horizontal and this appears very spear-tackly to me.

The Ref and TMO are having a protracted look.

14 minutes. Suspicion of a head-on-head sort out by De Allende is ignored and the Boks are throughout Eire on the breakdown. Wiese flies into Murray who takes 0.000000001 seconds too lengthy on the ball on the base of the ruck, such are the margins on this sport.

McCloskey will get revenge for his team-mate by holding Wiese up on his subsequent carry to win a scrum; the Ulster centre provides that to a powerful carry earlier to cement his excellent begin.

12 minutes. Brief break in play for some remedy, which is useful for the gamers because the depth degree has been very excessive to date. Each contact is all the best way to 11 to date.

11 minutes. Eire have a number of ball round midway and have some effectively organised phases that finally virtually get Ringrose away from a Sexton offload, however it goes behind him and when the ball is tidied up Eire resolve the kick is the best choice.

South Africa's Damian de Allende in action.
South Africa’s Damian de Allende in motion. {Photograph}: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

PENALTY! Eire 3 – 3 South Africa (Damian Willemse)

8 minutes. The assault continues to go nowhere, so Willemse pops a cross-kick to the left touchline to completely no-one, however the bounce is variety to Kolbe following up earlier than Hansen tackles him within the air.

There was a bonus being performed so Willemse calls the tee on and ranges the scores.

6 minutes. It’s a catch and drive from the Springboks, however the Eire pack do job of holding it nonetheless, forcing SA to maneuver the ball vast and away. There are as much as double figures in phases, however the Irish sort out line is holding agency so far.

4 minutes. On very lengthy penalty advantge, South Africa hit a number of carries up and go left in the direction of Kolbe and Mapimpi. It involves nothing, so the Ref Nika Amashukeli brings all of it the best way again to the unique offence. The Boks have a lineout within the Irish 22.

PENALTY! Eire 3 – 0 South Africa (Johnny Sexton)

2 minutes. South Africa are offside in defence and Sexton wastes no time in placing his facet into the lead from the tee

Kick Off!

1 min. Cheslin Kolbe’s first job as fullback is to discipline the Sexton kick off, and he claims it and boots to the touch with 0% nonsense

The groups are within the tunnel, lined up facet by facet. There’s a number of speak in regards to the kits clashing, however I can’t inform how huge a problem it’s as either side have their tracksuits on.

They make their means out for the anthems.

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Andy Farrell has rewarded Robert Balacoune’s contribution to Ulster’s early season type by choosing him on the wing, and an harm to Robbie Henshaw means the vast man with have his membership colleague Stuart McCloskey within the backs with him. Elsewhere is so very acquainted for the house workforce.

The other of acquainted is Jacques Nienaber’s determination to pick Cheslin Kolbe at fullback, the place his distinctive presents can maybe be given extra freedom to trigger havoc. Count on Sexton to check his fundamentals beneath the excessive ball early and infrequently.

Eire: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Robert Baloucoune, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Johnny Sexton (captain), 9 Conor Murray, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Dan Sheehan, 1 Andrew Porter.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jimmy O’Brien.

South Africa: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, , 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Deon Fourie, 21 Albertus Smith, 22 Francois de Klerk, 23 Willie le Roux.


It’s Dublin, it’s Saturday night and it’s two of the highest three sides on the earth going at it a yr out from assembly of their Rugby World Cup pool in France.

A lot speak coming into the match in regards to the import of this tie forward of the above, however the coaches will merely wish to win at this time as a result of it’s a sport of worldwide rugby and admittedly any end result at this time means completely sod all in relation to the World Cup. Nevertheless, what is going to matter on this the beginning of the 12-month run-in, is how effectively a few of the newer gamers and mixtures for either side go at this degree. That is the place Farrell’s and Nienaber’s eyes and a focus will likely be drawn.

After narrowly lacking out on the Six Nations title, Eire have had an historic 2022 with their claiming of their first ever sequence with in Aotearoa. They may carry confidence from this and their as regular spectacular home type on this match. South Africa’s yr has been much less spectacular, however they arrive at this time off the again of three wins .

Count on a good affair, Autumn video games involving the Boks are sometimes determined by a rating and they’re going to supply extra challenges to Eire that the All Blacks did a number of months again.

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