The touring Australian Students finally overcame a resolute challenge from their Irish counterparts to triumph 24- 10 at a soft University of Limerick ground yesterday (Wed 8th).
In a tough physical battle it took the 'Roos over half an hour to cross the Irish line when Clint Lavering scored a try. Gerrard Parle added the two points. Steve Carlon added a further try on 35 minutes before the Irish Student Wolfhounds responded.
Dublin Blues forward Vinny O'Dowd scored a try near the posts and Gareth Simpson converted to leave the 'Roos leading 10 points to 6 at the interval. The war of attrition continued into the second half and Ireland drew level when Vinny O'Dowd crossed for his second try 4 minutes after the break.
Possession changed many times as both sides struggled to gain dominance. Impressive 'Roos runner Ratu Suka put Australia further ahead with a try with only ten minutes to go. Gerrard Parle again converted to put the 'Roos 16- 10 up. Australia then added two tries at the finish when Brett Spears and then Jordan Atkins scored wide out to leave the Australians run out 24 � 10 winners.
Australia face Scotland next weekend to try and complete a Home Nations Grand Slam.