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Match Report: Ireland 52-21 Canada

  • Ireland made it back-to-back victories in the Autumn as they overcame Canada at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin
  • Tries from Keith Earls, Luke Marshall, and Tiernan O’Halloran put the Irish 21-14 ahead at the break
  • Five further scores after the restart ensured Ireland overcame their spirited visitors convincingly
Ireland continued their winning run with a 52-21 win over Canada in Dublin on Saturday, with Tiernan O’Halloran scoring twice.

With 15 changes from the win over New Zealand, the Irish led 14-0 after tries by Keith Earls and Luke Marshall.

Tries for Canada from wing-wizard DTH van der Merwe and Taylor Paris levelled the scores but fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gave Ireland a 21-14 half-time lead.

A penalty try, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmoin, O’Halloran and debutant James Treacy added to Ireland’s tally while Matt Evans got Canada’s third try.

Paddy Jackson landed all of his six conversion attempts for the hosts with scrum-half Gordon McRorie kicking three out of three for the visitors.

Ireland now face a rematch with the All Blacks next Saturday, who will be hungry to avenge that 40-29 defeat by Joe Schmidt’s men in Chicago.

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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
Replacements: 16 Eric Howard, 17 Rob Brouwer, 18 Matt Tierney, 19 Admir Cejvanovic, 20 Matt Heaton, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Patrick Parfrey, 23 Nick Blevins
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
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Niyi Adeolokun

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