Ireland’s summer tour of Australia got the climax it deserved as they clinched a 2-1 series in a dramatic finale in Sydney.
All eyes were on the TMO beyond the 80th as TMO ruled that Jacob Stockdale had not touched the ball from a Bernard Foley pass perilously close to the try line, it was deemed that the match was then over, and Ireland came away with the 20-16 win.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) June 23, 2018
It may seem a long time ago now, but this one actually took a little while to get going. Both sides seemed a little nervous as they took on board the weight of what was at stake iu the series. Ireland went in at the break 12-9 ahead but the match at that point was more notable for yellow cards dished out to Jacob Stockdale and Israel Folau than for the actual play.
After the break, however, it opened up a bit and an early try from CJ Stander looked to settle the nerves. The Wallabies began to push back from there on out though and it was no surprise to see Koroibete down to narrow the deficit to just one point ten minutes later.
After battling through sustained Australian pressure, a late Johnny Sexton penalty put a bit of daylight between the sides with 90 seconds left, but then the biggest moment of drama in the series arrived.
— TEN Sport (@tensporttv) June 23, 2018
Ireland emerged from Sydney with a hard-fought win, their first away test series win against Australia since 1979 and the perfect way to cap a momentous season for Joe Schmidt and his side.
Wow Wow Wow!!! Some finish & what a Test decider!
Ireland win 20-16 in Sydney #AUSvIRL
Congrats @IrishRugby ???
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) June 23, 2018
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) June 23, 2018