It was a narrow defeat, a match which Ireland could've won but they will return home wondering about that Luke Marshall break - what if he had found Keith Earls on the wing? Who knows, who knows. The match report is available to read. Thanks again for joining us (though I'm pretty sure everyone is by now watching Wales take on Northern Ireland). Until next time.
- Final score: South Africa 19-13 Ireland
- Pietersen try, Jantjies 3 pens & 1 con, Combrinck pen
- Marshall try, Jackson con & 2 pens for Ire
- Earlier England beat Australia 44-40 to win series 3-0
- New Zealand thumped Wales 46-6 to win series 3-0
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Ireland captain Rory Best: "It's been a great series, a really tough series, exactly what we thought it would be. They're a top side. We came here to win a series, we've allen short now twice, but six points in the game shows how tight the games have been.
"Our boys have fought valiantly, unfortunately in the last two test the Springboks have been a bit more clinical.
"A lot of people wrote us off before we came here but there are some really young players coming through. There are a lot boys to come in. The future of Irish rugby is really bright, we still think we're good enough to win series like that and eventually we'll take a look back to find out why we didn't."
JP Pietersen is named man of the match. He tells Sky Sports: "Definitely a slow start, it took us a while to execute the game plan. We just need people to be patient with us, we need the support. The guys will realise there's a massive difference between Super Rugby and Test rugby and it's all about character."
A first series win in South Africa was not to be. For possession and territory there was only one team in it, but South Africa made the most of every opportunity they had.
It was a mighty effort from Ireland, but they were just not ruthless enough.
The siren calls... Ireland must produce. Eoin Reddan fires out to Keith Earls, but Faf de Klerk comes rushing out and gobbles up the winger. Game over.
Ireland must do something they've been unable to do this half - break South Africa's defence. They continue to have the ball, they're 5m from the line... the crowd are screaming... hearts beating faster...
Interesting. South Africa ahead of the kicker, which gives Paddy Jackson the chance to kick his team to within South Africa's 22. It'll be an Ireland line-out and Jamie Heaslip soars high to take it. What can they do from here?
A sharp intake of breath, the referee blows his whistle, South Africa can breathe with ease again. The visitors - Rhys Ruddock specifically - coming in from the side and that's an other opportunity whistling in the wind.
Ireland have gone through 13 phases so far and men in green are reenergised, patiently waiting for an opportunity to open up... from one side to the next they go... up to 19 phases now...
Derring-do from Ireland - Sean Cronin with a break Brian O'Driscoll would be proud of, the prop pumping those legs as he sprints into South Africa's half. Paddy Jackson is on hand to take over... Momentum building...
Ireland unable to challenge the South African line-out and Ruan Combrinck uses his mighty boot to take his team towards the halfway line.
It's now or never for Ireland. Will they return home with a historic series victory or a heroic series defeat? The men in green have the ball, Paddy Jackson kicks for the corner, keeping South Africa pinned in their own 22. Pressure turned up a notch or two, or three...
Ireland with an immediate chance to respond. Eoin Reddan digging for the ball at the breakdown, three South African bodies preventing the ball from being released.
Paddy Jacksom from about 38m outs and he bisects the posts. Ten minutes remain and only six points separate the teams.
South Africa flick the switch and Ireland look tired. Elton Jantjies spots a gap, Jack McGrath brings him down but illegally prevents the outside-half from releasing. Another kick at goal for Jantjies from 22m and another three points.
Ireland have had plenty of possession, but they've not quite been clever enough to bamboozle South Africa's defence. The hosts stopping their opponents from getting over the gain line with ease such is the speed of the attacks.
Communication, communication, communication. Paddy Jackson and Keith Earls collide as they both go for the high ball. Somehow Jackson retains hold of the ball, despite the best efforts of his team-mate, and he calls the mark.
And for all their effort, for all their possession, Ireland find themselves further adrift as Ruan Combrinck rattles over a mammoth kick.
Ireland retaining the ball, six phases, seven phases, eight... but possession is ponderous, allowing South Africa's defence to organise and reorganise and, once again, their patience comes to nothing as South Africa are awarded a free kick.
Ireland have been camped in opposition territory for the last seven minutes or so, but have yet to trouble the scoreboard.
This is promising. Rory Best with the ball on South Africa's 22, preparing for a throw in. He finds his man and Ireland can rumble forward... first they use brawn, the forwards huffing and puffing, and then Paddy Jackson goes wide - only for Faf de Klerk to stick his hand up like any good wing defence would, stopping a certain try.
Possession swinging this way and that, neither side getting a stranglehold which is making for an enthralling match. Now it's time for South Africa to attack, but Conor Murray does the dirty work on the floor, preventing South Africa from getting quick ball and Paddy Jackson gains 20m or so for his team with a kick to touch.
John McEnerney: Ireland living with SA 4 now but the last 2 tests will take their toll on Ireland around the hour mark then it'll be all SA
Ireland's front row fold like a souffle, so South Africa kick to touch after being awarded a free kick at the scrum. Ireland, though, reliable in the line-out... they spin the ball wide... Paddy Jackson kicks to the moon and back... Jordi Murphy sets off in chase, the flanker and JP Pietersen leap for the ball but neither can gather.
South Africa off the hook. Paddy Jackson thinking of the next move before getting hold of the ball and he fumbles. The visitors were in a fine position, motoring inside South Africa's 22.
South Africa have started with purpose, though Ireland are defending brilliantly. South Africa hold on to the ball a touch too long and Paddy Jackson can eat up territory with a touchfinder into the opposition 22.
And we're off again.
Some people are not happy with the decision to only give Willie Le Roux a yellow card for taking out Tiernan O'Halloran in the air...
Jim Brown: Referees are very important, they must be honest and fair, Glen Jackson should be ashamed the decision was a sending off.
Ireland enjoyed the greater possession (67%) and territory (69%) in the first half, but it's South Africa who are ahead on the scoreboard. Elton Jantjies' creativity the difference, though Ireland did have their chances.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of the first half.
South Africa turn over ball and Elton Jantjies has the vision to kick towards the left wing - a pin-point effort which the poacher supreme, JP Pietersen, gathers before touching down. Springbok outside-half Jantjies succeeds with a tricky conversion.
Wakey wakey, this match has burst into life. Faf de Klerk taps and goes, he looks set to cause damage but Iain Henderson steals the ball and Ireland counter-attack with pace from their own half. Luke Marshall is clear... he has support on his outside... but his pass goes astray. An electric attack which should have had a greater reward rather than just the admiration of the crowd.
The referee's whistle is dominating, but South Africa inject some pace into their attack, decibels rise inside the stadium, but Elton Jantjies is smothered by Luke Marshall and the ball goes astray. It will, however, be a South Africa scrum 30m from Ireland's line.
Jack McGrath coming in on an angle in the scrum and the referee toots his whistle. Rory Best pleads, but it'll be an attempt at goal for Elton Jantjies. The outside-half clasps his hands as if preparing to pray, he then looks at his target, and kicks it true.
South Africa's coaching team run their hands through their hair as they watch their team make needless mistakes. A knock on gives Ireland a put in at the scrum near the halfway line. It's a stop-start affair. Both teams making mistakes, neither able to gain momentum.
It's Ireland's scrum in their own 22. South Africa's Adriaan Strauss punished, which gives Ireland an opportunity to find touch. South Africa's set pieces, though, are reliable.
Tiernan O'Halloran returns to the field, everything must be a-ok after that collision. I'll be honest, we have gremlins in the system so the updates are a bit sketchy these last five minutes - apologies - but Paddy Jackson rattles a penalty over to further advance his team's cause.
South Africa not rolling away from the tackle, the referee attempts to play advantage but there isn't one so up steps Paddy Jackson. The outside-half, though, lets South Africa off the hook.
Here we go. Ireland on the attack, looking menacing inside South Africa's 22. They patiently go through the phases... Iain Henderson barging through, Devin Toner, too, gaining yards... Luke Marshall spots a gap, through he goes near the posts, South Africa's defence with the resistance of rice paper. Paddy Jackson converts for an easy two points.