Date Time Competition Season
19 November 2022 8:00 pm Men's Senior International 2022/23

Match Report

Late Byrne penalty savages win over Wallabies

A peerless late pressure penalty from substitute Ross Byrne rescued a late victory for Ireland in a scrappy encounter against a dogged Australia, as they squeezed to a 13-10 win.

The Wallabies were looking to avenge two narrow defeats from their last outings, and they were unfortunate to have a try disallowed early on, hooker David Porecki penalised for a neckroll.

Jack Crowley had been drafted into fly half after Johnny Sexton was injured in the warmup. The Munster man passed his first major test on ten minutes, slotting a penalty for 3-0.

As the first half progressed, Australia bossed territory but were unable to find the killer pass to unlock a resolute home defence.

Not that Ireland fared any better offensively.  Even with a man advantage, Porecki’s replacement, Folau Fainingas sin-binned, did they threaten but Dan Sheehan’s effort from a driving maul came up short.

After the interval, Mack Hansen’s dancing feet freed Jamison Gibson-Park to score but the winger had had a foot in touch, and it remained just 3-0.

Foley, having missed a kickable penalty earlier, slotted one for 3-3. 

A dissatisfied Andy Farrell emptied the bench and two substitutes combined as Bundee Aki marked his return from suspension with a try after Craig Casey’s increased tempo and accurate pass created the space for Connacht’s Aki to barge over.

Moments later though, it was Australia’s substitute, Jordan Petaia who pooped the party, dotting down in the corner for the tenacious visitors.

Foley levelled with a composed conversion and the match, whilst low scoring, was on a knife edge entering its end.

But it was another 10, Ross Byrne, who made himself a hero with a superb penalty, from the angle, nudging Ireland ahead again, by 13-10.

Despite a botched lineout, the hosts stumbled over the line and this, albeit jammy, win rounds off a satisfying Autumn’s work.  Wins over the three momentous Southern Hemisphere teams are to be applauded.

Three wins from three, twelve unbeaten (just) at home and the Six Nations are next on the horizon after a momentous year of results for Irish rugby.


15Hugo Keenan Full-Back
14Mack Hansen Winger
13Garry Ringrose Centre
12Stuart McCloskey 23 Centre
11Jimmy O’Brien Centre
10Jack Crowley 22 Fly-Half 67'
9Jamison Gibson-Park 21 Scrum-Half
1Andrew Porter 17 Prop
2Dan Sheehan 16 Hooker
3Tadhg Furlong 18 Prop
4Tadhg Beirne 19 Lock
5James Ryan Lock
6Peter O’Mahony 20 Flanker
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker
8Caelan Doris Flanker
16Rob Herring 2 Hooker
17Cian Healy 1 Prop
18Finlay Bealham 3 Prop
19Joe McCarthy 4 Lock
20Jack Conan 6 No. 8
21Craig Casey 9 Scrum-Half
22Ross Byrne 10 Fly-Half 77'
23Bundee Aki 12 Centre 66'


15Andrew Kellaway 21 Full-Back
14Mark Nawaqanitawase Winger
13Len Ikitau Centre
12Hunter Paisami 23 Centre
11Tom Wright Winger
10Bernard Foley Fly-Half 71'
9Nic White Scrum-Half
1James Slipper Prop
2David Porecki 16 Hooker
3Allan Alaalatoa 18 Prop
4Nick Frost Lock
5Cadeyrn Neville 19 Lock
6Jed Holloway Flanker
7Michael Hooper Flanker
8Rob Valetini 20 No. 8
16Folau Fainga’a 2 Hooker 37'
17Tom Robertson 18 Prop
18Taniela Tupou 17 Prop
19Will Skelton 5 Lock
20Pete Samu 8 Lock
21Jake Gordon 15 Scrum-Half
22Noah Lolesio Fly-Half
23Jordan Petaia 12 Centre 70'


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