Kidney enjoys home town start

New Ireland coach Delcan Kidney got the perfect start to his reign as his side ran in eight tries in a 55-0 demolition of Canada. [more]

Kidney enjoys home town start

New Ireland coach Delcan Kidney got the perfect start to his reign as his side ran in eight tries in a 55-0 demolition of Canada.

Back at the Thomond Park venue at which he enjoyed so much success as Munster coach, Kidney saw his side race into a 38-0 interval lead before finishing off the job with a hat-trick of tries in the second half. 

Outside half Ronan O’Gara kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty and five conversions in that one-sided first-half and there was also a try for Munster’s debutant full back, Keith Earls. 

Earls got on the scoresheet after only two minutes of his Test career and further first-half tries followed from Rob Kearney (two), Jamie Heaslip and Tommy Bowe. 

Ospreys star Bowe grabbed a second after the break and replacements David Wallace and Alan Quinlan also got in on the act. Paddy Wallace added a conversion to complete the scoring.

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