Ireland surge past Canada

Fullback Tiernan O'Halloran scored a brace of tries as Ireland secured a 55-21 win over a plucky Canada side on Saturday night.

Ireland came into the clash on the back of a historic first-ever win over the All Blacks, but the young side initially didn't have it all their own way, with the scores deadlocked at 14-14 after half an hour.

However, O'Halloran scored an important try just before the break, while Ireland resumed play in dominant form and used their scrum to force a 44th-minute penalty try after props Cian Healy and Bealham had their opposite numbers in all sorts of bother.

From there, and with a strong injection of energy from the bench, Ireland cruised to victory as they recorded four unanswered tries between the 59th and 81st minutes.

Ireland – Tries: Keith Earls, Luke Marshall, Tiernan O’Halloran (2), penalty try, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, James Tracy. Conversions: Paddy Jackson (6).
Canada – Tries: DTH van der Merwe, Taylor Paris, Matt Evans, Conversions: Gordon McRorie (3).

Ireland – 15 Tiernan O'Halloran, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Jack O'Donoghue, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony (c), 5 Billy Holland, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 James Tracy, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Niyi Adeolokun.

Canada – 15 Matt Evans, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Conor Trainor, 12 Ciaran Hearn, 11 Taylor Paris, 10 Connor Braid, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 Lucas Rumball, 6 Kyle Baillie, 5 Evan Olmstead, 4 Brett Beukeboom, 3 Jake Ilnicki, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Djustice Sears.
Subs: 16 Eric Howard, 17 Rob Brouwer, 18 Matt Tierney, 19 Admir Cejvanovic, 20 Matt Heaton, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Patrick Parfrey, 23 Nick Blevins.

Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Getty Images

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