17 Jun, 19:25
Ireland pulled clear of hosts Canada with four tries in the closing half hour as they earned a 40-14 victory at the BMO Stadium on Saturday night. Check out some photos from the Toronto tussle.
See below for quotes from Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan in the aftermath of Saturday's four-try win over South Africa.
- ON IRELAND'S PERFORMANCE -
"The calibre of the performance over the 80 minutes was very good. We were very controlled in the first half and clinical in our finishing.
"I thought from start to finish we were very good and our skill levels were very high throughout and I thought we dominated the game.
"I was worried about the penalty count at half-time because it was high (seven) and we talked about not retreating into our shells in the second half. Fortunately, we only gave away another three penalties after that.
"It was important that we didn't start looking to defend for the second half and I was pleased with the way we took the game to them and kept the ball in hand.
"We had a couple of weeks to prepare for this game and we had a good strategy to play South Africa. They have a very aggressive defence and it's hard to prepare for it but we still came out with four tries and some excellent execution.
"It's the first game (of the series) but everything was right going into it. I thought it was a very complete performance and when you come out 4-2 up in the try count you have to be happy."
- ON SOUTH AFRICA -
"South Africa are a very dangerous side and we saw that at the end when they pressed for their tries, but we did a lot of homework on them and we defended very well.
"They had a few inexperienced players out there and you have to take that into account in weighing up the game, but I'm delighted with the level of performance we got."
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