Hot Wallabies Bounce Back to Punish Ireland; AUSTRALIA 37 IRELAND 15

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IRELAND'S summer tour ended in defeat as Australia came from behind to win their one-off Test at the Subiaco Oval in Perth.

In front of a raucous crowd of 38,200, the visitors took the game to the Wallabies but ran out of steam towards the end.

Second-half tries from Ronan O'Gara and Neil Best had given Ireland a fighting chance but the Aussies hit back to win through Mark Gerrard, Greg Holmes, George Gregan and Cameron Shepherd.

It took 13 minutes for the first points to be registered with Stirling Mortlock slotting a penalty following an Irish offside.

Ireland tried their best to hold firm in defence but they couldn't resist the Wallaby attack for long, and Chris Latham crossed for the opening try after a slick move.

Ireland opened their account five minutes later after a good run from Gordon D'Arcy earned his side a penalty and O'Gara struck the three points.

Australia stretched their lead back to eight in the 33rd minute when Mortlock sent through his second penalty following an Irish indiscretion.

Ireland had the opportunity for a quick reply when they were awarded a penalty 10 metres inside the Australian half but O'Gara's kick did not have the distance.

Another penalty not long afterwards gave the Irish another chance but they elected to go for the try and kicked for touch. The decision did not pay off - an accidental offside cost the visitors and left them trailing 11-3 at the interval. Ireland began the second half in electrifying fashion, scoring a stunning try just two minutes after the interval. A clever chip kick by O'Gara was collected by Shane Horgan, who then offloaded to David Wallace before the ball went back to O'Gara - who ensured the visitors would register their first try. …