Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for Nick Cummins and Quade Cooper, who added 12 points from his boot, saw Ewen McKenzie’s side follow up last week’s demolition of Italy after defeat against England earlier this month.

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“It’s a good night, a good performance and we need to go on and do the job for the next two,” Hooper said in a pitchside interview after the game, looking forward to the Wallabies’ final tour tests against Scotland and Wales.

Cooper, left out in the cold under the previous regime when Australia hosted the British and Irish Lions earlier this year, opened the scoring with a ninth minute penalty before Jonathan Sexton levelled, capitalising on a huge drive by the Irish pack.

Cooper spurned a second shot at goal minutes later but as was the case against Italy, he was at the heart of the Australian attack, finding hooker Stephen Moore in space whose one-handed pass allowed Cummins to dart in for a try.

Schmidt warned last week that his side would be punished if they persisted to kick possession away and they were duly carved open again minutes later when another unlikely forward assist, this time a Scott Fardy reverse pass, sent Hooper over.

Ireland responded well and went close to crossing the Australian line twice before Sexton, who uncharacteristically missed a penalty between the Australian tries, slotted over his next two opportunities to cut the lead to 15-9.

The second penalty saw Hooper sin binned, a victim of persistent Australian fouling and Sexton cut the deficit to just three points with another penalty just before the break.

The Racing Metro flyhalf departed the pitch at halftime holding his hamstring, the injury that ended his Six Nations early this year, and he failed to emerge for the second half, replaced by his former Leinster understudy Ian Madigan.

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What little momentum was generated before the break went with him however and the second half performance was among Ireland’s worst in recent years.

They were fortunate not to concede a quick try just after the restart when Cummins appeared to have touched down in the corner, with Cooper all set to add the conversion before the fourth official adjudged the winger to have knocked on.

It mattered little as Cooper coasted all too easily between Madigan and the similarly inexperienced Luke Marshall to cross over and the addition of a conversion and penalty put the Aussies 12 points ahead again within 10 minutes of halftime.

Madigan began to settle in, knocking over his first shot at goal but Ireland continued to kick the ball down the throat of fullback Israel Folau, superb as ever in the air, and the contest was put beyond doubt 13 minutes from time.

Hooper’s second try proved the most straightforward of the evening as he emerged with the ball after the Australian pack piled over the line, although it nevertheless showed just how ruthless McKenzie’s men can be.

Australia, who last won in Dublin eight years ago and lost the teams’ last encounter at the 2011 World Cup, had Tevita Kuridrani sent off for a dangerous tackle in the closing minutes but it mattered little to the outcome.

Ireland, watched by the soccer team’s new assistant Roy Keane, who has demoted the rugby boys from the back pages all week, will need to do an awful lot better if they are to spoil New Zealand’s perfect year next weekend.

(Editing by Justin Palmer)

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Sunday’s race will be the eighth time this season that the 26-year-old German, who clinched his fourth successive driver’s title in India last month, has started from pole and the second straight year in Texas.

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If Vettel wins, he will become the first driver to win eight races in a single season. The all-time record of nine in a row was set by Italian Alberto Ascari over the course of two seasons in 1952/53.

He will also stay on course to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season, with only Brazil to come after Austin and 11 victories already under his belt.

“I’m trying not to think much about these things,” Vettel told reporters after Red Bull locked out the front row at the Circuit of the Americas, with Australian Mark Webber qualifying in second place.

“I think it is not the right mindset to go into a race thinking about a higher target than just the race. I’ve done well with that kind of approach so far so I don’t see any reason to change.”

Vettel’s best lap of one minute 36.338 seconds was set under overcast skies, with Webber threatening to take his third pole in four races.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean, still chasing his first win, put Lotus third on the grid for Sunday’s race with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg a fine fourth for Sauber.

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, a winner in Texas last year for McLaren, will start fifth alongside Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who hurt his back in Abu Dhabi and was only given the all-clear to race after a medical on Thursday.

Heikki Kovalainen, the Finn who is replacing compatriot Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the last two races after the departing 2007 champion pulled out to have back surgery, continued to impress.

Making his first appearance in the final phase of qualifying since he was at McLaren in 2009, he qualified eighth.

McLaren’s season of suffering continued, with 2009 world champion Jenson Button missing the final cut.

Although the Briton qualified 13th, he will start even further back on the grid after being handed a three place penalty for passing under a red flag during Friday’s opening practice session.

Mexico’s Sergio Perez, who was told by McLaren only this week that he would not be driving for the team next season, gave the team a reminder of his talent with one of his best qualifying efforts of the season in seventh place.

Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas brought smiles to struggling former champions Williams with ninth place on the grid while soon-to-depart Venezuelan team mate Pastor Maldonado qualified only 18th.

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Wales rebounded from a disappointing loss to South Africa to clinch a record 40-6 win over Argentina with a clinical display at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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Tries in the first half by Mike Phillips and George North were followed by scores from Toby Faletau and Ken Owens in the second half while Leigh Halfpenny kicked 20 points.

The victory ended Wales’ dismal run of results in their autumn internationals having gone almost four years without a victory at this stage of the year, since last beating the Pumas in 2009.

Argentina could only manage two penalties for Nicolas Sanchez in a display marred by errors that condemned Los Pumas to an eighth straight Test defeat, their worst run since 1936.

Both teams had made four changes from last week’s defeats to South Africa and England but it was Wales who looked more settled amid a frantic start.

Early work by Sam Warburton, Richard Hibbard and North resulted in Halfpenny kicking the opening points after six minutes.

In contrast, Argentina made an error-strewn start and despite a promising burst by lock Manual Carriza, handling errors in midfield gifted Phillips the game’s first try.

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez fumbled possession under pressure from Hibbard and into the hands of Phillips who ran 70 metres to score, with the retreating defenders distracted by North’s supporting run..

However Argentina showed flashes of promise, not least their 19-year-old wing Santiago Cordero, who stepped through six red shirts.

Argentina continued to make mistakes and were carved open by a move straight from the Wales training pitch.

Alun Wyn Jones tapped possession from a lineout to Phillips and the scrum-half then flicked a reverse pass to the onrushing North who burst through, beating Agulla, to score under the posts and hand Halfpenny a simple conversion.

Sanchez finally got Argentina off the mark after half an hour with a penalty that was cancelled out by Halfpenny on the stroke of half-time when Wales led 23-3.

in the 56th minute, No.8 Faletau launched a move from the tail of a scrum in midfield while long passes by Biggar and Williams stretched Argentina. Wing Liam Williams brushed off one tackler before finding Faletau inside with a scoring pass. Halfpenny’s conversion effectively ended the contest with Wales well ahead 33-6.

Wales had their tails up with Phillips, Biggar and North full of running but it was their pack who combined for the fourth and final try as replacement hooker Owens claimed his first Test try when he finished a perfectly executed driving lineout.

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Jamaican sprint duo Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Saturday named as the IAAF’s male and female world athletes of the year for 2013.

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The 27-year-old Bolt, who also won the award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully defended both his 100m and 200m titles at the world athletics championships in Moscow this summer, winning the latter in a 2013 world-leading time of 19.66 sec.

He concluded his world championships by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to the gold medals in the 4x100m relay.

Bolt also won 10 out of his 11 100m races (including heats), and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m.

He beat off strong competition from British distance runner Mo Farah, who followed up on his 5,000-10,000m double at the London Olympics with two golds at the Moscow worlds.

“Wow..another IAAF athlete of year award. I’m beyond honoured…Jamaica this one is for you guys,” tweeted Bolt.

Fraser-Pryce, 26, regained her 100m title at those world champs, her winning time of 10.71sec the fastest of the year.

She also clocked the fastest 200m time of the year (22.13) at the Jamaican championships in June and went on to win world gold in Moscow.

Like her compatriot Bolt, she also anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to victory, a national record and the second fastest time in history.

Both athletes received a prize of $100,000.

The sole consolation for Farah was that his coach Alberto Salazar won the IAAF’s coaching achievement award.

The Cuban-born American has guided the career of Farah as the Somali-born Briton stormed to a famous distance double-double.

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United States rugby league coach Terry Matterson says a nightmare ending will not detract from his side’s dream run at the Rugby League World Cup.

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Matterson admitted to feeling relief when the full-time siren sounded in Saturday’s painful 62-0 quarter-final loss to Australia in Wrexham.

But the coach says he could not be more proud of a side which defied all odds to reach the last eight and he will always hold the unexpected experience close to his heart.

“There’s a bit of relief that that game is over,” Matterson said after watching the Kangaroos run in 12 unanswered tries at Racecourse Stadium.

“They are a wonderful side we played against and I’m no less proud of these guys for what they’ve done.

“We’re focusing on the campaign and making the quarter-finals .

“We won’t dwell too much on what happened today. It’s an experience for the guys.

“What we’ve done over the last four weeks has been very special … and this group of people I’ll always remember and will always have a very strong bond with.”

North Queensland assistant Matterson guided the tournament’s 500-1 outsiders to the last eight after accepting a last-minute SOS to coach the side.

He did not even know all of his players’ names when he started in the role, let alone their abilities.

Aside from a handful of players with NRL or Super League experience, the squad featured a host of amateurs and both the staff and playing groups weren’t paid a cent.

Skipper Joseph Paulo, one of the players of the tournament, said he hoped the exposure gained from group stage wins over Cook Islands and Wales would help many players in getting professional contracts.

“These boys, over this time, have got the attention they deserve,” the Parramatta utility said.

The future of US rugby league remains unclear but Matterson says the team’s success can only help.

Media exposure during the tournament included a mention in the New York Times.

“It’s such a big market over there and if we can just get a really small piece of that market, it’d be unreal,” said Matterson, who said he had not thought about whether he’d like to continue coaching the side.

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