The result did not dampen the spirits of the Wolfhounds players, or the partisan Limerick crowd who were vocal throughout.
Hayne was the first to score in Thomond Park, as he was released down the right wing after good work from Brent Tate.
Into the second period the Australian dominance continued, but the Wolfhounds managed to stop them from extending their lead until the 56th minute, when Cronk claimed his brace.
Soon after Cherry-Evans went over for his third international try in three appearances, as he chased through and collected his own clever grubber.
With the Irish understandably tiring there would still be one more try for Australia, as Hayne’s second brought up the half-century.
Australia: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Brent Tate, 5. Jarryd Hayne, 6. Daly Cherry-Evans, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Paul Gallen, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. James Tamou, 11. Greg Bird, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Nate Myles. Interchanges: 14. Boyd Cordner, 15. Robbie Farah, 16. Andrew Fifita, 17. Corey Parker.
Ireland: 1. Scott Grix, 2. Damien Blanch, 3. Stuart Littler, 4. Joshua Toole, 5. Pat Richards, 6. James Mendeika, 7. Liam Finn, 8. Brett White, 9. Rory Kostjasyn, 10. Anthony Mullally, 11. Tyrone McCarthy, 12. Dave Allen, 13. Simon Finnigan. Interchanges: 14. Bob Beswick, 15. James Hasson, 16. Ben Currie, 17. Luke Ambler.
Referee: Phil Bentham
Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick.