Mon, Jun 18, 5:42pm by Staff Writer
Australia’s three-test series with Ireland is knotted at a game apiece, after the Emerald won game two in Melbourne 26-21.
Australia got off to the perfect start, with a Kurtley Beale linebreak early in the match setting up the games opening try inside two minutes.
Ireland responded almost immediately with Andrew Conway crossing for a try.
A sin bin to Marika Koroibete handed the ascendency and momentum to Ireland, who kicked three penalty goals to open up a 16-7 lead in the first 20 minutes.
A penalty try for a collapsed maul got the Wallabies back into the match, but the Irish held firm in the next 30 minutes, an a try in the 54th minute ensured they would be hard to beat.
Taniela Tupou gave the Wallabies one final shot to win the game as he scored late, but it was not to be, as Ireland showed their trademark determination to send the series to a decisive third game.
Game three takes place at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, with the Wallabies now $2.25 outsiders at Sportsbet, with the visitors $1.65 favourites.
Half-back Will Genia suffered a broken arm early in the match, with his absence proving costly for the Wallabies.
Coach Michael Cheika will need to draft in a replacement half, as the Wallabies stalwart is set to miss the third match of the series and a number of matches for the Rebels in the latter part of Super Rugby.
New Zealand were 26-13 winners against France on Saturday night in Wellington, with the match proving to be low scoring and closer than many expected.
After a 44-0 second half onslaught a week ago in Auckland, the French were 30-point outsiders in Wellington.
A 12th minute red card to Benjamin Fall did not do the French hopes any favours, as he was sent off for a dangerous tackle.
The All Black scored two tries in seven minutes to lead 14-3, as the match threatened to blow out once more.
A 21-3 lead at half-time thanks to a Jordie Barrett try on the hooter set up the All Blacks for a big victory.
The second half was a cagey, low quality contest, with France scoring after the final hooter, to add respectability to the scoreline, with the All Blacks winning by 13 points.
Game three of the series takes place Saturday in Dunedin, with the All Blacks $1.03 favourites and France $12 outsiders. The opening line is 25.5-points.
South Africa wrapped up their series against England in Bloemfontein with a 23-12 win at Toyota Stadium.
The Roses once again started the match well, scoring the games first two tries to lead 12-0 after 12 minutes.
South Africa dominated the match from thereon, keeping the English scoreless, while scoring two tries and three penalty goals of their own.
Handre Polland was wonderful with the boot again, as the English looked tired and out of ideas in attack.
Game three at Newlands takes place on Sunday morning, with South Africa $1.50 favourites and England priced at $2.60.
The weekend’s major upset took place in Houston, with the United States Eagles shocking Scotland and winning 30-29.
The Scots scored after the final hooter and had a sideline conversion to win the match, which sailed wide, giving the United States an incredible victory against a Tier One nation.
Wales again proved too strong for Argentina, with the Pumas showing poor discipline, as the Welsh scored six penalty goals on their way to a 30-12 victory, wrapping up the series.
Elsewhere, Fiji wrapped up the Pacific Nations Cup with a big win against Georgia, while Japan were disappointing in Otia losing 25-22 to Italy.
June 23 Rugby Internationals Odds – Sportsbet
New Zealand $1.03 France $12
Australia $2.25 Ireland $1.65
South Africa $1.50 England $2.60
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