28/09/2002. Tries from Denis Hickie, Kevin Maggs, Brian O'Driscoll (2), and Girvan Dempsey helped Ireland to a 42-0 interval lead
Folowing a nice break by Brian O'Driscoll, carried on by Kevin Maggs, Ireland opened with a try within two minutes from Denis Hickie and that was converted by Ronan O'Gara who landed two further penalties to leave the Irish 13 points clear with eleven minutes gone. Maggs scored his try in the 14th minute, O'Gara again converting and try number three arrived after O'Driscoll blocked down an attempted clearance and he scored his second and Ireland's fourth in the 32nd minute.
In injury-time, Ireland opted for a scrum when awarded a penalty and that resulted in a try for Girvan Dempsey.
Ireland captain Rory Best and forwards coach Simon Easterby spoke to the media at the Captain's Run press conference in Paris earlier today, ahead of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with France on Saturday.
Looking forward to locking horns with France, Conor Murray said: "I know with the type of players and type of game Guy Noves likes to play, they can throw up anything. We've got to be ready for any style of game, an offloading game, a free-flowing game."
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!