Ireland’s hopes of a record-breaking 13th consecutive victory and a first test victory in Australia since 1979 were dashed as they were beaten 18-9 in Brisbane.
Australia looked almost insulted by their underdog tag and responded with a superior performance of aggressive and clinical attacking play.
Michael Cheika’s men fully deserved their victory over the Glam Slam Champions who had made six changes to the team that secured the title against England in March.
Ireland were usually blunt and toothless in attack in a game and were repeatedly left frustrated by a dogged Wallabies defence.
The match officials, particularly the TMO made some questionable calls overturning ties for both teams and leaving both camps bewildered at times.
However, Bernard Foley’s 13-point haul and two tries by the outstanding David Pocock ensured it is advantage to the hosts going into next weeks second test in Melbourne.
Here are how the Irish players rated after the game.