Ireland smash Samoa
- 09 Nov 2013
New Ireland coach Joe Schmidt's tenure got off to a good start when his side secured a 40-9 win over Samoa in Dublin.
After a subdued and stuttering first period, which saw both sides make an abundance of errors, Ireland exposed the gaping holes in the visitors' depleted defence to score three second-half tries, including two for debutant Dave Kearney.
In truth, it was a lot more straightforward than many of the 45,000 in attendance would have predicted. The visitors didn't provide the level of opposition and resistance which their pre-match tag of potential giant-killers or, indeed, current seventh-placed ranking had indicated.
Nonetheless, with sterner tests on the horizon in the shape of Australia and New Zealand, this was an adequate start to an new era in Irish rugby.
Ireland – Tries: Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Dave Kearney (2), Fergus McFadden. Conversion: Paddy Jackson (3). Penalties: Jackson (3).
Samoa – Penalties: Tusi Pisi (2), Kahn Fotuali'i.
Ireland – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Fergus McFadden, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip (c), 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Mike McCarthy, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Jack McGrath.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Declan Fitzpatrick, 19 Paul O'Connell, 20 Sean O'Brien, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Dave Kearney.
Samoa – 15 Faatoina Autagavaia, 14 Alapati Leuia, 13 George Pisi, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Brando Vaaulu, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 Logovi'i Mulipola, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 James Johnston, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Alafoti Faosilivia, 21 Jeremy Sua, 22 Isaia Tuifua, 23 Fautua Otto.
Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP Photo
Sharks face uncertain future
The Sharks have the potential to be a dominant force, but there is a big chance of them never realising that potential, says RYAN VREDE.
Sharks don’t deserve damnation
The Sharks shouldn't be criticised after being beaten by a better team in Christchurch, writes MARK KEOHANE in Business Day.
Stevens comes full circle
The Sharks expect former England prop Matt Stevens to make a major impact when he returns to Durban in August, writes MIKE GREENAWAY.