Agony for resilient Irish in Melbourne

Australia 18 Ireland 12

Australia 18 Ireland 12

It was heartbreak for Ireland inside the Telstra Dome, Melbourne last night as Michael Bradley’s side came agonisingly close to a Test victory on Australian soil for the first time in 29 years.

You could argue that the better team lost, though Australian coach Robbie Deans argued afterwards that a result is remembered, not the detail.

Ireland had the opportunities to win this Test but couldn’t convert them and will look back on this test as a chance lost.

The visitors also gifted the Aussies two relatively soft tries. “We didn’t make them work for those,” said O’Driscoll afterwards.

Australia can count themselves extremely lucky to survive a huge second half onslaught from the Irish, and it was plain to see from their expressions at the final whistle that they were lucky to post a victory against a gutsy Irish side.

By Edward Newman

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