There was very little to get excited about during the first half between Ireland and Australia in their Autumn Nations Series clash at the Aviva Stadium.
Arguably the most entertaining piece of play during the first 40 was a monstrous clearance kick from Tadhg Furlong, once again showing off his rounded skillset.
We have seen him showcase his excellent range of passing in the past, and his boot against the Wallabies drew huge praise from the Aviva crowd.
Tadhg Furlong Can Do It All
Tadhg Furlong is ready to play out half if Ireland needs himpic.twitter.com/JkpL1jHP6R
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) November 19, 2022
The main talking point pre-match was the selection of Jack Crowley to start, who came in as a late replacement for Johnny Sexton who suffered a knock in the warm-up.
Although Ireland's captain had to sit this one out, he spoke during the week about the importance of producing a quality performance against Australia.
“It’s a big end to the season, it’s been a decent year up to now and we want to finish strong,” Sexton said.
“A lot of what we talk about is improving week on week and we didn’t do that last week, so we have a bit of work to do this week against a good team.
“Performance is the key for us, it’s something we get judged on the Monday morning after every game. That’s something we need to concentrate on, it takes the result out of the equation.
“It’s going to be a great occasion, we’re not used to 8pm kick-offs here so it should be a special atmosphere. We’re looking forward to it.”
At the time of writing Ireland are currently leading Australia 10-10, with ten minutes remaining.