Rugby: Ireland thrashes Japan in 1st match of test series
the-japan-news.com -- Jun 17
Ireland scored seven tries on the way to a convincing 50-22 victory over 2019 World Cup hosts Japan at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the first match of a two-test series on Saturday.

The Irish, who will meet Japan in the pool stage when the World Cup comes to Asia for the first time, also got 13 points from the boot of Paddy Jackson and reached the 50-point mark for a second consecutive game after their 55-19 demolition of the United States last week.

Visiting captain Rhys Ruddock was happy to get the win but said there were areas for improvement ahead of the second test next Saturday.

Despite several regulars away on duty with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand, Ireland had little trouble against a disappointing Japanese side, with Keith Earls, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan all crossing twice before Garry Ringrose touched down later in the second half.

Ireland blew the game wide open early on after Japanese tighthead prop Heiichiro Ito was sent to the sin bin for killing the ball following a series of infringements, compiling 21 points with the extra man.

News source: the-japan-news.com
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