Ireland beat Australia 20 -16

Adam Coleman of the Wallabies competes with Peter O'Mahony of Ireland at the lineout during the Third International Test match between the Wallabies and Ireland. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

IRELAND capped an outstanding season with a 20-16 win on Saturday over Australia to clinch the three-test series 2-1.

According to the victory was Ireland’s first series win in Australia since 1979.

French referee Pascal Gauzere was at the centre of a number of controversial decisions, including the decisive match-ending call.

Trailing by four points in the 80th minute after Tolu Latu was penalised for not releasing and Sexton added another penalty, the Wallabies – needing a try to win – regained the kick restart.

With space out wide, the Wallabies spread the ball to the right, but Bernard Foley’s offload failed to find his target and went into touch.

But appeals for a deliberate knockdown by Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale saw Gauzere send the play to his video match official – Ben Skeen – who after several minutes deemed video footage inconclusive, and the match ended.

Both sides played most of the match without their captains after Michael Hooper sustained a hamstring injury in the 16th and Irish flanker Peter O’Mahony had a concussion in the 30th.

A ground-record 44,085 fans at Sydney Football Stadium watched as Johnny Sexton kicked his fifth penalty goal of the evening to clinch the match with two minutes to go.

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