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Summary

  1. Final score: South Africa 32-26 Ireland
  2. Combrinck, Whiteley, Du Toit, De Allende tries; Jantjies 2 pens & 3 cons
  3. Toner, Heaslip tries; Jackson 4 pens, 2 cons for Ire
  4. Heroic defence sees England clinch Australia series 2-0
  5. A four-try blitz helps New Zealand beat Wales 36-22
  6. Scotland win in Japan to go one up in series

Live Reporting

By Ben Dirs and Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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South Africa 32-26 Ireland

Well, where will you be next Saturday?

I suggest you make time to watch this series decider. What a monumental two matches we've had so far.

We'll see you then - goodnight.

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

The crowd helped you a lot?

By booing you off the pitch at half-time?

The Springboks players are certainly well-versed in good PR.

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss: "I wouldn't say I was worried. I'm really proud of every player. They showed a lot of character. Thank you to the supporters - you helped us a lot. We created opportunities and couldn't finish. We need that ruthless mindset."

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

What an awesome crowd?

They booed you out of Johannesburg at half-time.

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

Ruan Combrinck, man of the match and try scorer on his South Africa debut: "I want to say thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ. He's kept me humble. It was a massive comeback from the boys. What an awesome crowd. We're much better than that first-half performance."

'We back ourselves'

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

Ireland captain Rory Best: "We put ourselves in a great position to win the game and the series. We'll look back on a lot of mistakes in the second half.

"We gave them momentum. For the first 60 minutes we were physical and kept goingg at them. To score straight after them showed mental resolve. It's one-all and we go to Port Elizabeth and we'll back ourselves to get the win."

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

So, what do we make of Joe Schmidt's decision to make five changes (one forced, of course)?

Ireland were out on their feet after playing most of the game with 14 men last week, so perhaps fresh legs were needed. And maybe they'll have a sharper edge next week.

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Steve Furminger: The South African bar next door has suddenly got a bit livelier

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

That's 1-1 in the series. Port Elizabeth next. Can Ireland scrape themselves off the floor for that one?

Full-time

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

The mind boggles at how South Africa have pulled this off.

They were lounging on their sofas for an hour of that game. But their power and force combined with a tiring Ireland defence somehow - SOMEHOW - got them over the line.

Penalty (Jantjies)

South Africa 32-26 Ireland

The clock ticks over 80 minutes. Elton Jantjies nails the penalty.

South Africa 29-26 Ireland

They try again. It's out and in Springbok hands. Ireland concede a penalty on halfway for not rolling away.

South Africa 29-26 Ireland

They're in no rush to get the scrum going. It collapses and we need a reset with the clock still ticking.

South Africa 29-26 Ireland

South Africa conceding a penalty would be helpful about now.

But it's South African ball as Ireland knock on.

Try (De Allende, con Jantjies)

South Africa 29-26 Ireland

Ireland are shattered. So, so shattered.

Damian de Allende should be stopped, but he bounces off a tired Conor Murray and has a simple finish in the end.

Elton Jantjies has suddenly found his kicking boots for the extras.

Damian de Allende
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Rupert Loyd: Not sure if Chris or Ben is on duty but, whoever it is, this comeback is all your fault 

It's Ben. Definitely Ben. Certainly not Chris.

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South Africa 22-26 Ireland

This is horrible. How are your fingernails Ireland supporters?

Ireland line-out on halfway and South Africa nick it.

Converted try (Du Toit, con Jantjies)

South Africa 22-26 Ireland

Stop breathing again.

A quick tap free-kick 10m out gets South Africa moving and Pieter-Steph du Toit looks like he's too far out - but he ploughs through and touches down under the posts, despite the interest of two defenders.

An easy conversion for Elton Jantjies.

South Africa 15-26 Ireland

This game, eh? It's a slobberknocker.

South Africa come again - wave after wave now.

Willie Le Roux grubbers a kick into the path of JP Pietersen but he can't gather and Ireland stick it out.

Breathe Ireland fans.

Try (Whiteley)

South Africa 15-26 Ireland

Can't help but feel I talked this up.

Ireland defend resolutely but South Africa have found their gearbox and flicking through the numbers.

Ruan Combrinck is the man to make the metres down the right. It goes through the phases to the left and Warren Whiteley steps off the touchline with feet of a dancer and plants down.

No conversion though.

Whiteley try
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CA_Biffo: Keep it going Ireland. Great performance to this stage

Andrew: First Northern Ireland in the Euros, then Ireland (hopefully) getting the series! What a week for sport on our little island

South Africa 10-26 Ireland

This is happening, isn't it?

Ireland are going to win a Test series in South Africa...

Sorry, I'll stop getting ahead of myself.

Converted try (Heaslip, con Jackson)

South Africa 10-26 Ireland

Unbelievable. Truly unbelievable.

Ireland come straight back and are right up against the South Africa line. The hosts concede another penalty and, bizarrely, Ireland kick to the corner.

But what do I know?

Catch and drive, a spin off, and Jamie Heaslip collapses over the line.

Paddy Jackson kicks the extras.

Converted try (Combrinck, con Jantjies)

South Africa 10-19 Ireland

Buckle up folks, this will be a bumpy last 25 minutes.

Willie Le Roux saunters through the Irish line untouched and pops it off to Ruan Combrinck, who leaves Paddy Jackson in his wake before crossing the try-line, hand held aloft on the ground he plays his club rugby.

Elton Jantjies converts.

Combrinck try
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South Africa 3-19 Ireland

The northern hemisphere defending has been tremendous today (except Wales).

South Africa's driving maul goes nowhere, so they spin it across the pitch and Craig Gilroy gets a vital tackle in on Willie Le Roux and boshes the ball away as well.

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

Damian de Allende kicks and chases down the blindside and he's on to it like a whippet. Ireland haul him down, but there was an earlier offside, so South Africa can kick to touch deep in Ireland territory.

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

Ireland come out of all that with a scrum and they've been superb at the set-piece today.

South Africa collapse and Paddy Jackson kicks to touch, just shy of the opposition 22.

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John McEnerney: we all remember Nov 2013 & how close we were 2 doing NZ so we know not 2 get ahead of ourselves. Super stuff from Ireland!

Noeleen Quinn: proud of the lads come on Ireland

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

Siya Kolisi carries into the tackle but Rory Best holds him off the ground brilliantly and Ireland turn it over.

Rhys Ruddock is patched up and back on.

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

So. Those Springbok changes.

Ruan Combrinck, Warren Whiteley and Julian Redelinghuys on.

Frans Malherbe, Duane Vermeulen and Lwazi Mvovo off.

Missed penalty (Jackson)

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

One person I would not like to be right now? Willie Le Roux.

He swings a pass out of play and the crowd getting their booing vocal chords working again.

Ireland have nap time at the line-out - Rory Best chucks it in and nobody is paying attention. They recover and South Africa sneak offside. Another penalty.

Paddy Jackson, a bandage with green tape around his head, has a go from 50 but it's just wide.

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

Rhys Ruddock took a bang amid all that and he's got red stuff on his face. So Sean Reidy comes on for his debut as a blood replacement.

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

Better better better from South Africa.

Ireland hold them up in the corner but Francois de Klerk and Elton Jantjies combine to swing it to Siya Kolisi - only for him to knock on.

Kick-off

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

South Africa out on the pitch a long time before Ireland. Probably to get away from Allister Coetzee's hairdryer.

Changes for the Springboks - I'll give you those when I can work them out.

Elton Jantjies kicks us under way...

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Ireland
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The unthinkable isn't about to become unthinkable, is it?

How are you feeling Ireland fans?

Use #bbcrugby and try to sum up your emotions right now.

This from journo Jean Smith sums up the series for South Africa so far...

Been 120 minutes of the worst #Bok rugby I've seen in some time. And that's a hotly contested space. #SAvIRE

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Ben Wire: Well if you wanted to slice a tomato you wouldn't use South Africa.I've seen more frightening pixies and slept on sharper pillows

HT: South Africa 3-19 Ireland

It's difficult to tell how good Ireland were in that first half. South Africa have rolled over and had their bellies tickled.

Paddy Jackson has certainly been absolutely unruffled and Joe Schmidt's men are doing the job on what's in front of them.

History beckons.

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Tom Rowse: South Africa wearing white and playing like they're made of paper. The Rugby Championship will be hard for them.

Half-time

South Africa 3-19 Ireland

"Booooooooooooooooooo."

I should probably stick a few more Os on that. The Ellis Park faithful let their feelings known about that, frankly, shoddy South Africa first-half performance.