Coach says winning Wallabies on improve
THE Wallabies posted consecutive victories for the first time this year with a 32-15 win over Ireland in Dublin yesterday.
Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for winger Nick Cummins and playmaker Quade Cooper, who also kicked 12 points, made it two from two following last week's 50-20 rout of Italy in Turin.
The only sour note was the sending off of outside centre Tevita Kuridrani for a dangerous tackle in the closing minutes. He now faces a ban and could miss the final two Tests of the Spring Tour against Scotland and Wales.
After watching his side become the first Australian line-up to win in Dublin in eight years, coach Ewen McKenzie said things were starting to click.
"There's a whole bunch of different players, I'm new and you've got to be able to marry that into something where people have confidence," said McKenzie, who took over in July after Robbie Deans was sacked following the 2-1 series loss to the British and Irish Lions.
"We're getting closer to getting that balance right."
Despite beating the Irish, McKenzie said his players would not take a win against Scotland in Edinburgh this weekend for granted.
"We haven't had a great record in Scotland so we have a bit of a challenge, which is good," he said. "We need to be able to test ourselves and show we are improving."
Meanwhile, the All Blacks survived an England fight-back to make it 13 wins out of 13 games this year with a 30-22 victory at Twickenham.
In other games, Wales hammered Argentina 40-6, France overwhelmed Tonga 38-18 and Italy downed Fiji 37-31.
SCORE: Australia 32 (Nick Cummins, Michael Hooper (2), Quade Cooper tries; Cooper 3 pen, 2 conv) d Ireland 15 (Jonathan Sexton 4 pen, Ian Madigan pen).