Ireland smashed Canada 55-0 in a eight try rout at Thomond Park.
Five first half tries were enough to secure victory for Ireland. But despite the emphatic scoreline they delivered an average performance against a woeful Canada in difficult conditions.
Ireland dominated from the very first whistle, Keith Earls opening their account in the third minute after which Robert Kearney won a race to a loose ball in the in-goal area. Jamie Heaslip and Kearney added two more five pointers, the latter collecting a cross-kick for his brace, before Tommy Bowe crossed and Ireland lead 38-0 at the break.
Canada came out in the second half determined to salvage some pride, but never came close to threatening Ireland’s tryline and had it not been for torrential rain and some poor decision making from the Irish the scoreline could have been worse.
Ireland – Tries: Earls, Kerney (2), Heaslip, Bowe (2), Wallace, Quinlan. Conversions: O’Gara (5), Wallace. Penalties: O’Gara