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Two tries for Earls in Ireland Romp

21st November 2009 By Munster Rugby

Two tries for Earls in Ireland Romp

Keith Earls scored two tries, Johnny Sexton kicked seven from seven, as Ireland won 41-6 against a fairly limited Fijian side in the RDS.

Ireland took the lead with a Sexton penalty after 8 minutes and extended that lead from a scrum ten metres out when Brian O’Driscoll acted as a decoy for Earls to come off his wing and score left of the posts.

Fijian out-half Nicky Little got his side on the board with a 26th minute penalty and the visitors best chance of a try came when they won a five metre scrum in the 37th minute. However the Irish pack simply blew them off the put-in and shortly after, Ireland should have had a second try when Sexton broke clear from his own 22. His pass found O’Driscoll who in turn sent Gordon D’Arcy clear. D’Arcy however squandered the opportunity with a poor pass to Shane Horgan with the Fijian line at his mercy.

The final action of the half saw Sexton convert a penalty conceded by a Fijian defence in total disarray.

The early period of the second half was dominated by the visitors who scored first when Little was on the mark with a penalty after just three minutes. However, the lead-up to that award saw Denis Leamy stretchered off with what looked like a serious leg injury.

Whatever momentum the Fijians might have gained from that early Little score was reversed two minutes later when the burly Fijian number 10  threw a ridiculous pass that O’Driscoll intercepted to skate home under the posts.

From then on it simply became a case of how much Ireland would win by as the Fijians posed no threat outside of the players numbered one to eight.

From a scrum in midfield 15 metres out, Tomas O’Leary, a 54th minute replacement for Eoin Reddan, went left and good hands from O’Driscoll and D’Arcy gave Earls a free pass to the line.

There were further scores from Rob Kearney and Shane Horgan, each scored out wide, and each converted by Jonathan Sexton.

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