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Ireland v Canada - story of the match

Published 12/11/2016

Keith Earls scored Ireland's first try against Canada
Keith Earls scored Ireland's first try against Canada

Ireland's second-string saw off Canada 52-21 but most likely failed to sway boss Joe Schmidt's selection for the New Zealand rematch next weekend.

The home team racked up eight tries at Dublin's Aviva Stadium - but laboured for nine first-half minutes with the scores locked at 14-14.

Tiernan O'Halloran claimed a brace, with Keith Earls, Luke Marshall, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion and James Tracy all crossing, and a penalty try completing a comfortable but sloppy victory.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Congrats @Ultan_Dillane on your Man of the Match award in tonight's #IRLvCAN game #Irishrugby #shouldertoshoulder Ireland beat Canada 52-21" - Connacht Rugby.

STAR MAN

Ultan Dillane: The powerhouse Connacht lock rampaged all over the Aviva Stadium turf, terrorising the Canadian defence. High praise must be dished out also to prop Finlay Bealham, who showed up well.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Keith Earls' double in-out step in the first half bamboozled the Canada defence and created the space for Luke Marshall's try.

ANYONE FOR A DEBUT?

Ireland changed their entire XV from the line-up that made history with a first-ever victory over New Zealand in Chicago last weekend. With the bench emptied, that meant eight men won their first Test caps. Garry Ringrose, Billy Holland, Jack O'Donoghue, John Ryan, James Tracy, Luke McGrath, Niyi Adelokun and Dan Leavy will all never forget this night.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Ireland v New Zealand, Dublin (Saturday, November 19)

Romania v Canada, Bucharest (Saturday, November 19)

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