Head coach Andy Farrell noted that while Japan looked sharper in the first half, benefitting from their time together, his Ireland side were 'a bit rusty'.
Racking up five tries, Ireland stayed focused on their game-plan and the task in hand to go on to secure a 39-31 victory in the Vodafone Summer Series opener. Andy Farrell said:
I’m delighted with the win. It was always going to be a tough challenge for our group against what I believe to be a top class international side.”