1. ITV Report

Ireland beaten in first Test against Australia

Ireland leave the field dejected after their defeat at the hands of Australia. Credit: INPHO
  • Australia 18 – 9 Ireland

Six Nations champions Ireland have had their 12-game unbeaten run ended by Australia in their first Test in Brisbane.

The hosts had taken an early lead through the boot of Bernard Foley as Ireland’s Bundee Aki got caught offside.

But Joey Carbery drew the tourists level and then nudged them in front after Michael Hooper strayed offside.

Ireland's Joey Carbery in action against Australia. Credit: INPHO

The Irish were not having it all their own way though, and needed a superb Jacob Stockdale cover tackle to deny Marika Koroibeite.

And although Ireland had more possession, the home backline looked far more dangerous with ball in hand and they made that advantage pay as half-time approached.

Australia’s chance then came when Rob Kearney uncharacteristically misjudged a high ball and David Pocock secured possession for his side.

Rob Kearney in action for Ireland in Brisbane. Credit: INPHO

With Ireland scrambling, Australia moved the ball wide and Foley’s swift hands freed Samu Kerevi down the left.

Again, Stockdale covered across - but this time the men in gold recycled the ball for Will Genia to put Foley over in the corner.

The out-half missed the conversion and his side took a two point lead in at half-time, the first time Ireland had been behind at that stage all season.

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Australia's Bernard Foley in action. Credit: INPHO

They almost got back in front within three minutes of the restart, but Dane Haylett-Petty somehow denied CJ Stander by holding him up after a big break.

Carbery missed a chance to put his side back in front after Australia survived a 19-phase defensive set, but he nailed a simpler effort on 55 minutes after Pocock was penalised for holding on.

That was his last act as Joe Schmidt sent Johnny Sexton into the arena.

Ireland's Johnny Sexton is tackled by Australia's Reece Hodge. Credit: INPHO

Ireland got a major let off when referee Marius van der Westhuizen disallowed Folau's stunning try for an earlier infringement by Adam Coleman who hit James Ryan off the ball.

It was not a popular decision among the gold-clad fans in the 46,273 crowd, but a neck roll by Ryan handed the advantage back to the home side.

Ireland's first-choice props had come on early, but they gave up a penalty under pressure from Taniela Tupou and Foley put Australia back in front with 11 minutes remaining.

Australia had a try disallowed by referee Marius van der Westhuizen. Credit: INPHO

A superb Folau catch and a subsequent penalty concession from Stockdale might have resulted in a further penalty.

But instead, Genia tapped the penalty and he got the reward as Pocock capped a fantastic comeback after his hiatus to power over from close range.

Foley converted and, try as they might, Ireland could not muster a fightback, with Kieran Marmion having a score ruled out in time added on for an earlier knock-on.

Australia celebrate a try by David Pocock. Credit: INPHO