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Ireland 38-3 South Africa: Stockdale and Herring score tries as Ireland smash South Africa

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland enjoyed their biggest ever win over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium as Joe Schmidt's side ran in four tries to win 38-3.

The two-time World Cup winners arrived in Dublin far from super power of old but even still it was a surprise to see the hosts so dominant against a side who they in the past had beaten by at most 17 points.

Three of Ireland's four scores came in the final ten minutes to give the scoreline it's hefty weight, but South Africa were fortunate to be trailing only 14-0 at half-time after Andrew Conway scored the opening forty's only try.

After the turn, the side's traded early penalties before the game broke open in the closing stages.

First Rhys Ruddock crashed over before the Ulstermen came to the fore.

Rob Herring marked his second cap with a first Test try against the nation of his birth while Jacob Stockdale was on hand to round out the scoring in the 80th minute.

In a game when Johnny Sexton won man of the match, Iain Henderson and captain Rory Best also had strong games.

TEAMS

IRELAND: R Kearney; A Conway, R Henshaw, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, Rory Best (capt), T Furlong; I Henderson, D Toner; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, CJ Stander.

Replacements: R Herring (for Best, 66), D Kilcoyne (for Healy, 66), J Ryan (for Furlong, 70), J Ryan (for Henderson, 70), R Ruddock (for O'Mahony, 50), K Marmion (for Murray, 70), J Carbery (for Sexton, 74), D Sweetnam (for Kearney, 74)

SOUTH AFRICA: A Coetzee; D Leyds, J Kriel, D de Allende, C Skosan; E Jantjies, R Cronje; T Mtawarira, M Marx, C Oosthuizen; E Etzebeth (capt), L de Jager; S Kolisi, P du Toit, F Louw.

Replacements: B Mbonambi (for Marx, 68), S Kitshoff (for Mtawarira, 54), W Louw (for Oosthuizen, 1), F Mostert (for De Jager, 66), U Cassiem (for Kolisi, 68), R Paige (for Cronje, 72), H Pollard (for Jantjies, 56), F Venter (for de Allende, 56)

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)

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