Ireland won a pulsating Test against Australia to clinch victories over the ‘big three’ southern hemisphere teams
Tries from Iain Henderson and Garry Ringrose helped the hosts to a 17-0 lead but the Wallabies fought back
Keith Earls’ score proved decisive but it was the Irish forwards who laid the platform for the victory
Garry Ringrose scored his first international try as Ireland ended Australia’s winning run this Autumn series in a 27-24 victory in Dublin.
Both teams scored three tries apiece and the result was in the balance until the final minute when Ireland managed to put huge pressure on an Australian scrum inside the Wallabies’ 22.
Tries from Iain Henderson and Garry Ringrose helped the hosts to a 17-0 lead but the Wallabies fought back with three touchdowns to move into the lead.
Dane Haylett-Petty scored the tourists’ first-half try, with Tevita Kuridrani and Sefa Naivalu crossing the line after the interval.
Keith Earls’ score proved decisive but it was the Irish forwards who laid the platform in a breathless encounter.
Paddy Jackson kicked two penalties and three conversions for Ireland, with Bernard Foley contributing 12 points with the boot for Australia.
The result is a momentous one for the home side as it means they are the first Northern Hemisphere side, since England in 2003, to beat the Southern Hemisphere’s traditional powerhouses of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in the same calendar year.