RUGBY WORLD CUP: Seven-try Ireland impress in rout over Canada

Ireland's Johnny Sexton scores his side's third try of the game against Canada
Ireland's Johnny Sexton scores his side's third try of the game against Canada
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CANADA 7 IRELAND 50

Jamie Cudmore’s cheap yellow card gifted Ireland the ideal World Cup start, Joe Schmidt’s men stealing three tries in the Canada captain’s absence to lead 29-0 at half-time.

Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson, Johnny Sexton and Dave Kearney all crossed before the break, Ireland requiring just 35 minutes to secure the try bonus point.

Head coach Schmidt’s side purred smoothly into gear under precious little pressure, to stamp their mark on Pool D at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Replacement hooker Sean Cronin and a second try for Dave Kearney saw Ireland round up an impressive display when Jared Payne crossed five minutes from the end, with replacement outhalf, Ian Madigan converting the three.

Henderson’s disallowed try in stoppage time mattered little - nor DTH van der Merwe’s converted try on 67 minutes - as Ireland signalled their arrival at the World Cup with a bonus point start to Pool D