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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ireland notch up fifty against the visiting Canadians

Ireland notch up fifty against the visiting Canadians

Declan Kidneys first game in charge of Ireland began in convincing fashion on Saturday as they swept aside Canada with a eight try romp at Thomond Park. The 55-0 final score, in rain-drenched conditions, was a good confidence booster for the Irish ahead of their clash with the All Blacks.

It was a nice opportunity for Kidney to broaden the experience of some of his younger players, including exciting 21 year old debutant Keith Earls who crossed in the third minute.

The first half romp included two tries for Rob Kearney, who put in another excellent all-round performance, and further scores for Jamie Heaslip and Tommy Bowe.

Canada fared okay in the second half, but that was largely due to the weather and the slightly scrappy performance from the home side. Substitutes David Wallace and Alan Quinlan, and then Bowe again, made sure the half-century was completed in the dying minutes.

How will this performance prepare Ireland ahead of the meeting with New Zealand in Dublin?

"It's a bit early to tell but I wouldn't read too much into the scoreline," Coach Kidney said after the match.

"It was a good day with a lot of good things in it. We will enjoy the win. The first half we were okay but there are things we need to look at as we fell away in the third quarter and did not have a lot of intensity.

"When the subs came on they brought a bit of enthusiasm and finished it out.

"You just play what's in front of you. We'll see what we've done well but we know we have to add so much more onto it."

PLEASE NOTE: Mediazone have removed this video unfortunately.


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Posted at 11:58 am | 16 comments

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El nino November 11, 2008 1:11 pm

confident young back three played pretty well earls kearny and bowe the future of irsh rugby

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drunkcone November 11, 2008 1:26 pm

Just want to say i think its a disgrace that the pacific islands aren't touring individually while the shambles of a team that is canada is allowed to rock up in november to be demolished where fiji, samoa and tonga would provide far more entertaining rugby and a much sterner challenge!

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Anonymous November 11, 2008 1:36 pm

yup, the future of irish rugby looks bright, with tons of talented young players coming in. BUT, was expecting a little more in the match. Ireland will have to step it up a notch to be able to contend with the likes of NZ, Aus and SA.

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Irish by birth munst November 11, 2008 2:22 pm

Feel sorry for canada to be quite honest. Its important for canada to play these games to see the standard that is required of them to perform at this level...lets not forget that irel and canada drew 27 all in 2000 and ireland were nearly beaten in the world cup by so called minnows namibia and georgia in last yrs world cup. So cutting out these teams form playing the big eight would be a terrible mistake...lets just hope the game continues to progress in these nations...on another point good to see so much young talent in the irish squad for once!

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Jo November 11, 2008 5:27 pm

yeah, sure is a confidence buster, but with the all blacks you can neer be to sure. greetings, its a shame that here in chile we cant watch this games,because there's no space for rugby, just the minimum.

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fresh91 November 11, 2008 8:59 pm

kearny's first try shouldn of been giving, didn't even look like he touched itno highlights of the scotland nz game no?

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Tyler November 11, 2008 9:18 pm

it's hard here in canada, with such a large nation, and so few people playing rugby, we can't assemble a successful national team, and it doesn't help that our national team plays off of the west coast, rather than central canada. we'll never be able to contend, because we can't set up a high level league.

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Anonymous November 12, 2008 5:09 am

loved the second last try, very like the contepomi fitzgerald try and ireland are looking in great form. But with the irish future looking bright they're going to need a good fly-half to make the most of the most of their great backs cause o'gara hasn't got much long to go before he retires.

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Don November 12, 2008 5:37 am

Canada should have stayed home.I mean, lets be honest, good game, sure...i mean there was no competition...pretty 1-sided matchCome on...it's canadaNo offense mi canucks.

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Third Centre November 12, 2008 1:09 pm

At the end of a 4 year cycle culminating with the World Cup most smaller teams are starting from scratch and I think that was the case with Canada to some extent. A lot of new and inexperienced players and limited training time.Having said that it was a really shoddy game and I don't think Ireland learned anything from it at all.

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Anonymous November 12, 2008 2:28 pm

oh dear....

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Cheyanqu November 12, 2008 2:54 pm

One of the most boring matches I have ever seen.Living in the USA, I understand the importance of these matches to Canada. At least the Canadians got out and played a "cap" match against a First XV side. I think that USA & CAN are being held back by played "England Saxons", and A sides.They should be getting as many full test matches as they can against comparable nations, like Portugal, Spain, Japan, etc.Those matches drive the rankings, and the world permit eligibility for the Yanks and Leafs.Nonetheless, it was utterly disappointing to watch.

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Anonymous November 13, 2008 1:54 am

I am so sick of these copyright nazis ordering people to take down videos that they will NEVER plan to sell. Absolute spite.

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Michael November 13, 2008 11:38 am

Any chance of getting a fresh link? Want to see Keith Earls's try!

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billybob November 13, 2008 1:53 pm

the canadians say thier "improving slowly"thats simply not true, if anything thier getting worsei expect wales to put over 50 points into them regardless of the welsh team selection

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trasr November 18, 2008 3:20 pm

I must agree with some of the above posts. There is not enough/if any 'high profile' rugby being played in Canada. Although we have some high school teams (Shawnigan Lake, Brentwood, Carson Graham, Saint Michaels) that play at a very high standard of rugby, there is not much going on in the universities and clubs. Therefore, it will be hard for RugCanada to compete with 'Rugby Nations'...

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