June 23, 2018 / 12:34 PM / 9 months ago

Rugby-Ireland beat Wallabies for first away series win in 39 years

SYDNEY, June 23 (Reuters) - Ireland beat Australia 20-16 on Saturday with Jonny Sexton’s boot helping them secure their first away series victory over the Wallabies in 39 years.

Both teams scored a try in a scrappy contest but the five penalties from the Irish fly-half Sexton earned the tourists their historic victory in Sydney.

Ireland dominated possession and territory in the first half but failed to make their opportunities count, securing only a slender three-point lead at halftime, before CJ Stander scored what proved to be a decisive try three minutes after the break.

Australia responded strongly, with Marika Koroibete going over for a fine try but, despite sustained pressure from the home side, a late penalty from Sexton settled the game. (Reporting by Colin Packham Editing by Ian Chadband)

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