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As it happened: Ireland 50-7 Canada

2015-09-19 17:25
Last Updated at 17:31
19 Sep 17:30

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Ireland's next game is against Romania at Wembley next Sunday, while Canada will face Italy at Elland Road next Saturday.

19 Sep 17:22
The bookies predicted a 42-point victory by Ireland... close, but no cigar for them I guess...!
19 Sep 17:21
FULL-TIME: Ireland 50-7 Canada
19 Sep 17:20
83'- No luck as the ball goes over the touchline... and that's it folks...
19 Sep 17:20

83' - NO TRY as the TMO rules there was a knock on.

Time is up but somehow referee Jackson feels there is more time for another scrum. It's Ireland's put-in courtesy of an earlier knock from Canada.

19 Sep 17:18
81'- No 4 Iain Henderson is over for Ireland, but the TMO is called into action for a possible knock-on...
19 Sep 17:17
80'- One final flourish by Ireland, who are inches from the tryline...
19 Sep 17:15


Ireland flyhalf Jonny Sexton has received the best player award.

19 Sep 17:15

77'- CONVERSION by Madigan.

Ireland 50-7 Canada

19 Sep 17:14
75'- TRY to Ireland! Jared Payne makes up for his earlier blunder with a try under the posts.
19 Sep 17:10

73'- CONVERSION slotted by Madigan.

Ireland 43-7 Canada

19 Sep 17:10
72'- Rob Kearney scores under the posts after a great counter from Ireland. A move which started from a turnover inside their own 22m area. Also a great run by left wing, Keith Earls.
19 Sep 17:09
72' - TRY to Ireland!
19 Sep 17:07
71'- Canada back on the attack inside the red zone...
19 Sep 17:06


That was Canada's 50th try in Rugby World Cup history.

19 Sep 17:05

69'- CONVERSION slotted by Hirayama.

Ireland 36-7 Canada

19 Sep 17:05
67'- SA-born wing DTH van der Merwe charges down a kick from Jared Payne and sprints 50m to score!
19 Sep 17:04
67'- TRY to Canada!
19 Sep 17:03

66'- CONVERSION slotted by Madigan.

Ireland 36-0 Canada

19 Sep 17:03
66'- Reserve hooker Sean Cronin barges over under the posts for Ireland.
19 Sep 17:02
65' - Yes we will! TRY to Ireland!
19 Sep 17:01
65'- 15 minutes left. Will we see some points in the second half?!
19 Sep 17:00
63'- Great defence from Ireland sees them win a penalty on the ground. Another chance gone begging Canada.
19 Sep 16:59

62'- Former WP player Jebb Sinclair is over in the corner after collecting a chip kick from his flyhalf. However, he is correctly deemed off-side having been in front of the kicker.

But the referee goes back for a Canadian penalty...

19 Sep 16:57


Ireland 57%

Canada 43%

19 Sep 16:56


Ireland 61%

Canada 39%

19 Sep 16:55
60'- Ireland subs: Ireland have replaced their whole front row.
19 Sep 16:54
59'- Ireland getting a bot sloppy and disjointed here in the second half... no points thus far...
19 Sep 16:51
55'- Ireland sub: Ian Madigan is on at flyhalf, replacing playmaker Jonny Sexton.
19 Sep 16:50
54'- Wing Keith Earls drops it cold with a huge overlap out wide...
19 Sep 16:49
54' - Ireland hot on the attack as Canada lose their own lineout...
19 Sep 16:47
53' - Ireland hooker Rory Best almost over in the corner, but for some brave Canadian defence...
19 Sep 16:46
52'- A huge roar as the Irish captain returns from his time spent in the sin-bin. Canada have not cashed in...
19 Sep 16:46

51'- Finally some possession for Ireland as Sexton's kick brings play into the Canadian 22m area.

19 Sep 16:43

49'- Phil Mack is now on at scrumhalf for Canada, replacing Gordon McRorie.

Mack is also a very experienced Sevens player on the Sevens World Series circuit.

19 Sep 16:42
48'- And 91% possession in the last 10 minutes for the Canadians...
19 Sep 16:42
47'- Canada have enjoyed 80% possession in the last 10 minutes!
19 Sep 16:41
47'- Ireland pegged back into their own half in the early exchanges of the second half here. And Sexton doesn't help their cause by kicking a ball directly out...
19 Sep 16:37
44' - Canada's left wing, SA-born DTH van der Merwe, is full of running and looks to be their best player.
19 Sep 16:36
43' - Fabulous defence from Ireland on their own tryline as Canada lose patience, with Hirayama opting for a cross-kick which goes over the dead-ball line.
19 Sep 16:35
41'- YELLOW CARD for Ireland captain Paul O'Connell sent to the sin-bin for conceding a cynical off-side penalty with Canada in the red zone.
19 Sep 16:33
Welcome back for the second half! Hirayama gets things started.
19 Sep 16:18
HALF-TIME: Ireland 29-0 Canada
19 Sep 16:17
42'- However, the TMO disagrees with me and rules the pass forward...
  • 80'

    Ireland are on the attack deep inside Canada's 22. They make several surges towards the line and Cian Healy and Cronin are both stopped just short. Iain Henderson eventually dives over but his effort is disallowed as Healy has knocked on in the build-up.

  • 80'

    Ireland have one last crack at Canada's line but it all comes to nothing as Dave Kearney fails to hang on to a pass from his brother Rob and the ball goes in to touch! That's the final act of this match and Ireland are victorious. They were in control from start to finish and have laid down their marker in Pool D.

  • 80'

    Ireland 50 Canda 7

  • 77'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, MADIGAN. 50-7. Madigan brings up Ireland's half century as he adds the easy extras.

  • 76'

    TRY, IRELAND, PAYNE! 48-7. Madigan makes a telling break on Canada's 10-metre line and offloads to Payne who gets in under the posts!

  • 74'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, MADIGAN. 43-7. Madigan adds another two-pointer to Ireland's lead.

  • 73'

    TRY, IRELAND, R KEARNEY! 41-7. Ireland win a turnover inside their 22 and shift the ball out to Earls! He runs a full 60 metres but and throws an inside pass, when the cover defence close in, and Rob Kearney gathers before scoring under the posts!

  • 72'

    Canada re on the attack inside Ireland's 22 and Aaron Carpenter does well with a strong carry.

  • 69'

    CONVERSION, CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 36-7. Hirayama makes no mistake from the kicking tee!

  • 68'

    TRY, CANADA, VAN DER MERWE! 36-5. Ireland attack just inside their half and Payne chips ahead but DTH van der Merwe charges the kick down and races away before getting over for his side''s opening points!

  • 67'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, MADIGAN. 36-0. Ian Madigan adds the extras and Ireland are cruising!

  • 66'

    TRY, IRELAND, CRONIN! 34-0. Ireland take the ball out wide and Jared Payne runs a great angle but is stopped just short of the tryline! From the ensuing ruck Sean Cronin gathers and barges over!

  • 64'

    Canada are camped close to Ireland''s tryline but they are soon penalised when Djustice Sears-Duru holds on to the ball on the ground.

  • 61'

    Canada gain some ground and get the ball out to Conor Trainor who is brought to ground by a solid hit from Earls on Ireland's 10-metre line.

  • 59'

    Ireland take the ball through the phases but Canada's defence holds firm. Sean O'Brien is then pinged for going off his feet at a ruck and Hirayama puts the resulting penalty out on the halfway line.

  • 56'

    Ireland are hammering away at Canada's tryline! They take the ball through several phases deep inside the Canucks' 22 but it all comes to nothing as Keith Earls knocks on a pass from Murray!

  • 54'

    Ireland are on the attack close to Canada's tryline and Kearney offloads to Rory Best, who is bundled into touch by Liam Underwood and Jebb Sinclair at the corner flag!

  • 51'

    Ireland attack from a scrum and the ball comes out to Sexton who launches a cross-field kick for Kearney to chase. His effort is gathered by Ciaran Hearn and the Irish defenders scramble to bring him to ground!

  • 48'

    Ireland's forwards take the ball through the phases close to the halfway mark before it comes out to Sexton. He spots a gap behind Canada's defence and kicks for territory but his effort is a poor one and goes directly into touch.

  • 46'

    Rob Kearney is pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground. DTH van der Merwe taps and goes and makes some yardage but is eventually tackled into touch by Conor Murray.

  • 43'

    YELLOW CARD, IRELAND, O'CONNELL! O'Connell is sent to the sin bin by referee Glen Jackson for cynical play on defence inside Ireland's 22!

  • 41'

    Hirayama gets the second half underway with a high, hanging kick. O'Connell gathers and sets up a ruck inside his 22.

  • 40'

    Van der Merwe is almost through. O'Brien hauls him down with a high tackle. Canada five metres out...

  • 40'

    Ireland are pinged for offside and Canada take it quickly. Van der Merwe is over on the left but it looks like a knock-on in the build-up. We're going to the TMO...

  • 40'

    There was a knock-on from Hirayama with the final pass. Unfortunate for Canada who deserved something from that passage. That will be half-time and it's been a dominant 40 minutes from the men in green.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    Canada have their hands on the ball about 30 metres out. Can they get on the board before the break?

  • 37'

    Canada have looked dangerous out wide, and this time van der Merwe has some space on the left. The Irish drift well though and he's hauled down. Eventually Ireland get it back but Payne's kick is out on the full.

  • 35'

    CONVERSION, SEXTON! 29-0: Sexton adds the extras and this half couldn't have gone any better for the Irish.

  • 34'

    TRY, IRELAND, D KEARNEY! 27-0: And there''s the bonus point. Slick play sees O''Brien away down the right. He''s stopped in the 22, but when it comes back again there''s a huge overlap. Fitzgerald finds Dave Kearney who cuts inside and scores the try.

  • 32'

    Great vision from Sexton who spots Payne on his own on the left. He tries the cross-kick from his own line to Payne. The centre then tries to kick into space but DTH van der Merwe is there to block the kick and it squirts into touch.

  • 31'

    Canada are up to the Irish ten-metre line but they are struggling to make any more ground. Eventually they do find a gap but the ball is then lost at a ruck.

  • 30'

    Canada get their hands on the ball for what seems the first time in ages. O'Connell puts in a big hit on Barkwill to cheers from the crowd.

  • 28'

    The conversion is pulled horribly wide, but Ireland won't worry. They are one try away from a bonus point already. Cudmore returns after watching his side concede 19 points in ten minutes with 14 men.

  • 27'

    Nice exit strategy from Canada who send Blevins through a gap after a lineout to the front.

  • 27'

    Sexton is over in the corner. Great pace from him but we're waiting for the TMO...

  • 27'

    TRY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 22-0: No doubt about it, and Sexton is over. He collected the inside pass from O'Brien and then had the pace to race over from 35 metres out.

  • 26'

    Glorious kick from Sexton to force Canada right back onto their own line.

  • 25'

    CONVERSION, SEXTON! 17-0: Two more points and Ireland are in complete control.

  • 24'

    TRY, IRELAND, HENDERSON! 15-0: It was coming, and eventually it's Henderson who powers over. Great carry for him and it's his first Test try.

  • 22'

    Ireland on the charge and Earls is away. There''s a huge collision as Evans tries to tackle him. After a charge from Henderson, O''Connell is over but the Canadian defence holds him up.

  • 20'

    Ireland try the wrap-around again but Canada are alive to it and Sexton gets wrapped up in the tackle. The Irish will get it back though as the ball went forward from Nick Blevins.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, SEXTON! 10-0: Sexton adds the extras and Ireland are in control here.

  • 18'

    TRY, IRELAND, O'BRIEN! 8-0: Perfect rolling maul from Ireland and Canada have no answer. Sean O'Brien comes up with it.

  • 16'

    YELLOW CARD, CANADA, JAMIE CUDMORE: Murray is stopped just short, and the same happens again with Paul O'Connell inches away. Jamie Cudmore then knocks the ball away in a ruck and is sin-binned for his troubles.

  • 15'

    Ireland earn a kickable penalty when Canada are caught holding on about 30 metres out. They choose to take it quickly, showing some ambition, will it pay off?

  • 14'

    After a little kicking battle, Matt Evans then decides to run it and shrugs off a couple of tackles. Canada kick it back at the next phase and that allows Jared Payne to get away down the right.

  • 13'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-0: No problems for Sexton from almost in front and Ireland take the lead.

  • 11'

    Luke Fitzgerald is almost through. Canada hold on and eventually Sexton tries a hopeful high kick. Glen Jackson was playing advantage for slowing the ball down though, so Sexton will have an easy shot at goal.

  • 10'

    Ray Barkwill's throw isn't straight so Ireland will have a scrum in the 22. Great opportunity for Joe Schmidt's men.

  • 9'

    A first real charge from Sean O'Brien gets Ireland on the front foot. Sexton follows it up with a great kick into the 22. Perfect territorial kick from the fly-half.

  • 8'

    Jamie Heaslip is too slow rolling away from a ruck and Canada have the first chance to take the lead with a long-range penalty.

  • 8'

    From just inside his own half, Gordon McRorie doesn't quite have the distance or the accuracy. A decent effort though.

  • 7'

    Ireland try a set move off the lineout. The wrap-around looks to have opened up some space but Sexton's pass for Dave Kearney is too deep and drifts harmlessly into touch.

  • 6'

    Good quick strike from Canada and they then turn to fly-half Nathan Hirayama who twice beats the first man with his quick feet. He's then caught holding on though and Ireland will get it back.

  • 5'

    Sloppy from Sean O'Brien, who knocks on as Ireland try to attack from the lineout. Can Canada's scrum cope better on their own ball?

  • 3'

    Danger as Keith Earls arcs around but he and Rob Kearney aren't on the same wavelength so his flicked pass goes to no-one. Canada force Ireland back and eventually Sexton goes to the boot, which then allows the Canadians to clear.

  • 2'

    It had been a promising start for Canada but Ireland get the nudge on in the scrum, earn advantage and Conor Murray then sprints away down the blindside. Ireland on the attack early...

  • 1'

    Canada collect the ball from the restart and then clear after a couple of phases. Ireland respond with an up-and-under from Sexton and it's not gathered cleanly. Canada do get it back eventually though and are almost away down the right. Jeff Hassler gets hit hard by Sexton to force the knock-on.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to the opening game of Pool D as Ireland take on Canada in Cardiff. The Canadians have won just two of their last 13 games while Ireland are hoping to get past the quarter-finals for the first time at a World Cup.

  • 0'

    Joe Schmidt has gone on form with his selection, as Iain Henderson is preferred to Devin Toner in the second row, and Dave Kearney and Keith Earls start on the wing, with no place for Tommy Bowe. An injury to Robbie Henshaw sees Luke Fitzgerald start at inside centre.

  • 0'

    Canada are taking no risks with number eight Tyler Ardron who has been struggling with a knee injury. As a result Jamie Cudmore captains the team while there are eight World Cup debutants in the run-on team.

  • 0'

    Here we go. Johnny Sexton will get us underway and we're off!

Jump to

Ireland Canada
  • 7 Tries 1
    • 17' Sean O''Brien
    • 24' Iain Henderson
    • 27' Jonny Sexton
    • 34' Dave Kearney
    • 65' Sean Cronin
    • 72' Rob Kearney
    • 75' Jared Payne
    • 67' DTH Van Der Merwe
  • 6 Conversions 1
    • 18' Jonny Sexton
    • 25' Jonny Sexton
    • 36' Jonny Sexton
    • 66' Ian Madigan
    • 73' Ian Madigan
    • 76' Ian Madigan
    • 68' Nathan Hirayama
  • 1 Penalties 0
    • 13' Jonny Sexton
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 41' Paul O''Connell
    • 16' Jamie Cudmore
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jack McGrath
  • Rory Best
  • Mike Ross
  • Iain Henderson
  • Paul O'Connell
  • Peter O'Mahony
  • Sean O'Brien
  • Jamie Heaslip
  • Conor Murray
  • Jonny Sexton
  • Keith Earls
  • Luke Fitzgerald
  • Jared Payne
  • Dave Kearney
  • Rob Kearney
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  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
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  • 11
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  • 13
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  • 15
  • Hubert Buydens
  • Ray Barkwill
  • Doug Wooldridge
  • Brett Beukeboom
  • Jamie Cudmore
  • Kyle Gilmour
  • John Moonlight
  • Aaron Carpenter
  • Gordon McRorie
  • Nathan Hirayama
  • DTH Van Der Merwe
  • Nick Blevins
  • Ciaran Hearn
  • Jeff Hassler
  • Matt Evans
  • Sean Cronin
  • Cian Healy
  • Nathan White
  • Donnacha Ryan
  • Chris Henry
  • Eoin Reddan
  • Ian Madigan
  • Simon Zebo
  • 16
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  • Benoit Piffero
  • Djustice Sears-Duru
  • Andrew Tiedemann
  • Jebb Sinclair
  • Richard Thorpe
  • Phil Mack
  • Liam Underwood
  • Conor Trainor

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