Ireland scored four second-half tries on their way to a comfortable 41-6 victory over Fiji in Dublin.
After a rather dull first half display in which Keith Earls’ try was the only real highlight, Ireland stepped it up in the second half to secure a convincing win.
Earls got the first try of the game when he finished off a brilliantly worked set play after some good work by the Irish heavies in an attacking scrum.
Impressive young flyhalf Johnny Sexton nailed the resulting conversion after his earlier penalty had put the Irish in front in the 9th minute.
However, the Irish failed to kick on in what was a very disappointing first-half display from the hosts, who went in at half-time with a 13-3 lead.
Irish fans would have been hoping for an improved performance from their team in the second stanza and their team answered the call with four tries, including a second for Earls and a cameo intercept try from skipper Brian O’Driscoll.
While their work at scrum time and the Man of the Match performance from Sexton would have pleased the Irish coaching staff, their inability to truly put the islanders to the sword might be a slight cause for concern ahead of their crunch tie with the Springboks at Croke Park next week.
By Andrew Worling