Ireland 21

On a wet and windy day in Dublin, Ireland show their full potential as currently one of the world's best rugby teams.

Ireland V Australia

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While Australia took an early lead it wasn't long before the men in green took the game by the reigns and stamped some authority.The first half display was particularly impressive and earned them a standing ovation from the Dublin crowd.

Ireland got the try they had been threatening on 25 minutes when O'Gara spotted Hickie on the left touchline and fired a cross-field kick which the Leinster winger gathered before jinking between three defenders to score.

Australia's problems deepened when fly-half Larkham limped off and was replaced by Mat Rogers. Ireland extended their lead in the final minute of the first half with a stunning try. Superb handling from O'Gara released Gordon D'Arcy, who rushed forward before feeding Horgan and the big Leinster man, about to be hurled into touch, passed back in to Murphy, with O'Gara converting. The pace slackened in the second half with Mortlock landing one penalty followed by two from O'Gara. For 10 minutes it was 14 players against 13 as Ireland's Denis Leamy and Aussie pair Rogers and Phil Waugh were sin-binned for fighting.

Hickie went close to getting another try but Ireland had already done enough and ended with a thoroughly deserved victory – only their second over Australia in 27 years.

Ulster flanker Neil Best was named man of the match.

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