Ireland v Canada

Joe Schmidt's side take on Canada at the Aviva Stadium after last weekend's historic All Blacks win

Patrick Madden Sat, Nov 12
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  • Good evening!

    Welcome to our coverage of Ireland's second Test match of the autumn, against Canada at the Aviva Stadium.

    A week has passed since that famous night in Chicago, when Joe Schmidt's green-shirted heroes met the All Blacks' challenge and raised them at Soldier Field.

    But tonight it is back to business as the November internationals continue in Dublin.

    With Tests against a New Zealand side out for revenge and Australia to come over the next few weeks, it is safe to say tonight's assignment is Ireland's easiest of the month.

    And that has been reflected in Schmidt's team selection - with a completely new-look XV starting against the Canucks.

    But all 15 players - including debutants Garry Ringrose, Billy Holland and Jack O'Donoghue - head into tonight's game with a point to prove, and will be hoping they can do enough to earn a shot at the no longer invincible All Blacks next weekend.

    We'll be bringing you all of the action from the Aviva, with kick off at 7.15pm.

    Come on!!!!

  • IRELAND:  T O’Halloran (Connacht); C  Gilroy (Ulster), G Ringrose (Leinster), L Marshall (Ulster), K Earls (Munster); P Jackson (Ulster), K Marmion (Connacht); C Healy (Leinster), S Cronin (Leinster), F Bealham (Connacht), Ultan Dillane (Connacht), B Holland (Munster), P O’Mahony (Munster) (capt), S O’Brien (Leinster), J O’Donoghue (Munster).

    Replacements: J Tracy (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), J Ryan (Munster), D Ryan (Munster), D Leavy (Leinster), L McGrath (Leinster), J Carbery (Leinster), N Adeolokun (Connacht).

    CANADA:  M Evans (Cornish Pirates); DTH van der Merwe (Scarlets), C Trainor (BC Bears), C Hearn (London Irish), TParis (Agen), C Braid (BC Bears), G McRorie (Prairie Wolf Pack); D Sears-Duru (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues), R Barkwill (Ontario Blues), J Ilnicki (BC Bears), B Beukeboom (Cornish Pirates), E Olmstead (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack), K Baillie (Atlantic Rock), L Rumball (Ontario Blues), A Carpenter (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues, capt).

    Replacements:  Eric Howard (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues),  Rob Brouwer (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues),  Matt Tierney (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues),  Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears),  Matt Heaton (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock),  Phil Mack (James Bay AA/BC Bears),  Patrick Parfrey (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock),  Nick Blevins (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack).

  • So, has everybody recovered from their post-Chicago hangovers?  

    The 15 who made history in the Windy City last weekend have all got their feet up seven days later, as Schmidt gives a mixture of returning big-guns and young pups a run out at the Aviva.

    There are debuts for Ringrose, Holland and O'Donoghue - while Connacht's Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane make their first Test starts.

    With Jordi Murphy out for the season there is a vacancy in the Irish backrow for next weekend - and if Sean O'Brien and Peter O'Mahony come through tonight's fixture with no problems they will be likey to feature against the All Blacks.  

  • Just over half an hour to go until kick off - you can read Gerry Thornley's match preview HERE.

    And you can read Matt Williams's analysis of last weekend's thrilling victory HERE.

  • It's amazing what a 40-29 victory over the world champions, who you hadn't beaten in 111 years, can do for ticket sales the following week...
  • The last time Ireland and Canada met was in Cardiff in last year's Rugby World Cup. O'Mahony, O'Brien and Keith Earls - who returns from suspension tonight - are the three survivors from that 50-7 victory.  

    With 384 caps in their starting line-up to Ireland's 290 Canada are comfortably the more experienced outfit. But while it will be a big ask for a new-look Ireland side to deliver a completely fluent performance you'd still fancy them to have far too much for the tourists.

  • The teams emerge to a volley of fireworks as the Aviva.
  • Anthems done. We're ready to rumble.
  • Canada to kick off, we're underway!!!
  • 1 min: The Aviva air is still thick with smoke as Ireland take early contact before clearing.  
  • 2 min: Canada chip over the top from a lineout on the left. Connacht's O'Halloran reads it well and is taken out as he gathers in the air. Irish penalty which Jackson kicks for a lineout on the Canadian 10.
  • 3 min: The Irish lineout was a well-drilled and potent machine last weekend but Cronin's first throw is too long here. Canadian possession and Bealham makes a booming hit on Sears-Duru in midfield before Canada's clearance is out on the full.
  • 4 min: Ireland move it right and Gilroy finds space wide. He has no pass on so grubbers back infield and Ireland are up quickly to put pressure on before Canada clear.
  • 5 min: Cronin makes a typically dynamic carry to give Ireland quick go forward ball and Jackson's pass sets Earls free but he can't find Ringrose on the left.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ireland open the scoring and it's a carbon-copy of Zebo's try last weekend. Cronin hits Holland at the lineout and gathers at the back of the maul. Ireland work their way infield before Marmion spots space on the short side and feeds Earls who dives over the whitewash.

    Jackson nails a touchline conversion.


  • 8 min: Excellent early tempo from Ireland, O'Brien making a big carry before slipping a lovely offload to Gilroy on the right. Bright, dynamic start.
  • 9 min: Ireland run the phases in the middle of the park before Jackson tries a crossfield kick to Earls who knocks on under pressure.
  • 10 min: Excellent first scrum from Canada, with hooker Barkwill forcing Cronin up and winning the penalty.
  • 11 min: First territory for Canada and Braid nearly snipes through before being scragged. Canada working Ireland around the fringes and Sears-Duru is driven back by O'Donoghue. McRorie looks left and van der Merwe knocks forward under pressure from Ringrose.
  • 13 min: Ireland take a quick lineout and O'Halloran kicks. Canada return it and Ringrose makes a good take. Ireland go left and then right, Cronin shows excellent hands in midfield to free Gilroy who chips ahead and gathers but has little in the way of support and Canada turn it over.
  • 14 min: Brilliant line-break from Dillane who gets Ireland up into the Canada 22.
  • 15 min: Sustained Ireland pressure inside the 22, Cronin making another barnstorming carry. There's a Canada knock on and Jackson tries to chip ahead knowing the scrum is coming - but overcooks it.
  • 17 min: Close! O'Donoghue picks from the scrum and looks for O'Brien with an inside ball but he knocks forward with the line at his mercy.
  • 18 min: Ireland put big pressure on at scrum time and Carpenter's pass to van der Merwe is knocked on. Another Irish scrum on the five.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Garry Ringrose thinks he's got his first international try but he ran onto a forward pass from Jackson. Ireland had the advantage though so they will have a penalty on the five and another bite at the cherry.


  • 21 min: Ireland go for the corner and Cronin hits Holland at the front. The maul is held up short but Ireland keep hammering away in the tight, play eventually stretching over to the near side.  
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!
  • This time it is a try. Ireland hammer away with a scrambling but resolute Canadian defence keeping them at bay. Eventually they spot the space out wide and Jackson moves it right to Earls who dances out of a tackle before feeding Marshall who holds off a tackle to score in the corner.  

    Jackson nails another touchline kick.


  • TRY CANADA!!!!!!
  • That is a gift for Canada. Ireland try to play their way out form deep and a poor pass from Marshall is picked off by van der Merwe who canters over to score.

    McRorie converts.


  • 26 min: van der Merwe snots Earls as the Munster back takes a high ball and forces him into conceding a penalty. It's kicked and Canada will have a lineout on the irish 22.
  • 27 min: Good hands form Canada, working the ball left with van der Merwe involved again off his right wing. O'Brien has his hands where they shouldn't be and Canada have a penalty on the left, which is kicked into the corner.
  • TRY CANADA!!!!!!!!
  • A whirlwind few minutes. Olmstead picks the lineout out of the air and Canada set the maul. They edge their way infield and towards the Irish line and call for the cavalry, with the backs joining in. They roll their way over the line where Agen winger Paris is the man who gets the score!

    Another conversion from McRorie.

    30 MIN: IRELAND 14 CANADA 14

  • 32 min: Plenty of ball for Ireland in the middle of the park as they look for a response - but the Canada defence is solid and Ireland's can't make much impression on the visitor's 10.
  • 33 min: Evans makes a good take on the left but good work from O'Mahony sees Ireland awarded a penalty. However, the referee checks with the TMO and the penalty is reversed.
  • 35 min: Canada clocking up the phases around halfway - Bealham making another monster hit.  
  • 36 min: A very scrappy passage of play, both in attack and defence, comes to an end as Earls skews a clearance straight out on the right.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The ball pops out of a Canada ruck and Jackson sweeps up, finding Earls who dances into the Canadian half. Ireland work it right and Bealham makes a stunning offload to O'Halloran on a brilliant diagonal line and he scorches clear and over to put Ireland back in front. That try had Connacht all over it.

    Jackson converts.

    39 MIN: IRELAND 21 CANADA 14

  • There's some serious handbags on the half time whistle after Olmstead steamed into a ruck with his head, which O'Brien didn't take too kindly to. But after plenty of pushing, shoving and grabbing they all trott in for their half time oranges.
  • The teams are back out at the Aviva. Plenty of room for improvement.
  • Paddy Jackson has the ball in hand - and we're back underway!!
  • 41 min: Fluid start to the half from Ireland, Ringrose making a half break after a good dummy before Marshall loops in midfield and works it to Gilroy who dances back inside.
  • 42 min: Jackson breaks the line and works it out to Gilroy and Ireland are well inside the Canadian 22.
  • 43 min: Ireland hammer away and get the penalty on the five.
  • 43 min: Ireland take the scrum and put a big shunt on, with another penalty coming straight away.
  • Marmion feeds and O'Donoghue controls the ball at the back before Canada wilt under the posts and Ireland are awarded the penalty try.

    Jackson knocks over the afters.

    45 MIN: IRELAND 28 CANADA 14

  • 47 min: Ireland starting to offload well out of the tackle, sucking in the Canadian defence, but O'Donoghue spills O'Brien's short ball forward.
  • First Ireland change, Bealham coming off for John Ryan who makes his first international appearance.
  • 49 min: Ireland win their scrum on the 22 and move it left thorugh O'Halloran and Ringrose. O'Halloran gets on the shoulder and offloads to Earls on the left but the winger is just ahead of the ball.
  • 50 min: McRorie clears but only as far as the 22 so Ireland will have a good attacking platform.
  • 51 min: Ireland move it quckly off the top and Earls charges onto an inside ball from Jackson and up into the 22. Braid didn't roll away after tackling O'Brien so Ireland have the penalty. But after consulting the TMO the penalty is reversed because Holland scragged somebody around the neck. Nothing in that really.
  • 52 MIN: IRELAND 28 CANADA 14
  • 53 min: Canada move it from the lineout and Evans tries to catch Ireland out with a kick in behind. Irish lineout inside their 22 which Holland collects before Ireland work it clear.
  • 54 min: Canada have possession on the Ireland 10 but excellent pilfering from O'Mahony sees him turn it over.
  • 55 min: Better from Canada, building the phases inside the Irish half, and they win a penalty on the 10. Braid kicks for the corner.
  • TRY CANADA!!!!!!!
  • Canada set the maul before moving it wide. They have men over and Evans arcs his run towards the corner where he's brilliantly tackled by O'Halloran who somehow manages to hold the ball up over the line. Or has he? Nope! Replays show the edge of the ball was grounded as O'Halloran rolled Evans. Unlucky.

    McRorie nails a brilliant touchline conversion.

    57 MIN: IRELAND 28 CANADA 21

  • 58 min: Good kickchase from Ireland and Earls and Ireland are straight back onto the front foot, building deep inside the Canadian 22.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ireland bounce straight back through Dillane. After Earls put the pressure on van der Merwe to retain the ball from the kick off Ireland's forwards crank it up and look to hammer their way over the line - with Dillane the man who finally crosses after taking Marmion's pass on an unstoppable angle.  

    Jackson converts again.

    60 MIN: IRELAND 35 CANADA 21

  • 61 min: Ireland turn it over and break up the left through Ringrose who feeds Earls on the flank. He kicks ahead and is taken out off the ball by Evans. Irish penalty, which is stitched into the corner.
  • 63 min: New hooker Tracy hits O'Mahony at the back and Ireland set the maul. Good counter-maul from Canada and Ireland aren't making much progress - Marmion looks to use it and Marshall spills the pass.
  • 64 min: Ireland put the pressure on at the scrum and Canada look to move it left from deep but Evans knocks on as he tries to take a pass off his bootlaces.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Big Irish scrum, O'Donoghue nursing it beautifully at the back, and Marmion pounces on the ball as it crosses the line.

    Another Jackson conversion.

    66 MIN: IRELAND 42 CANADA 21

  • 67 min: Earls intercepts on the left but Evans recovers well to scrag him before he can accelerate.
  • A raft of changes for Ireland, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Niyi Adeolokun and Dan Leavy all on.
  • 69 min: Lovely feet from Carbery inside the 22 and he engineers space out on the left - where Marshall puts a kick straight into touch.
  • 70 min: In all fairness to them Canada are keeping at it. They build phases inside the Irish half before a big O'Mahony tackles sends them back to halfway.  
  • 71 min: Canada lineout on the Irish 22 after Braid sends a penalty into touch. The ball goes loose and McGrath hacks up the touchline before showing searing pace to hare after it. They move it infield where Dillane spills forward - that's his last involvement, Donnacha Ryan coming on for a late run out.
  • 73 MIN: IRELAND 42 CANADA 21
  • 73 min: Kilcoyne pinged for not releasing in the tackle and Braid finds touch inside the Irish 10 metre.
  • 75 min: Ireland force another scrum penalty and Carbery finds a good touch on the near side.
  • 76 min: Ireland pressure late on after Ringrose breaks the line on a good angle and slides into the 22.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ireland hammering away - Carbery making half a break before being wrapped up. They're five metres short and eventually move left, with Carbery finding Ringrose who plays in O'Halloran for his second score.

    Carbery misses the conversion.

    78 MIN: IRELAND 47 CANADA 21

  • Dillane gets man of the match.
  • TRY IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The clock is red but Ireland want another score - Carbery pulling the strings as they run it deep into the Canadian 22. Kilcoyne's eyes light up as he breaks into the five before being hauled down. The support is good and Tracy makes a good carry from the five and wriggles his way over.

    Carbery misses the conversion.

    80 MIN: IRELAND 52 CANADA 21

  • MOTM Dillane: "We wanted to build on last week and we definitely made it a bit tough for ourselves in the first half, but we turned it round in the second...we got there in the end.

    "There's eight new caps today and everyone of them did well."

  • Peter O'Mahony: "I'm tired, we were put under pressure by a good Canadian side, a big physical team.  

    "Everyone wants to be in an Irish shirt, it's a special jersey. A lot of players stuck their hands up tonight... we'll get stuck in on Monday, it's a big week."

  • Joe Schmidt: "It was good and bad really, there were some really good patches and it was good to see those players out there but at the same time there were some messy patches.

    "We certainly couldn't blame the conditions... at the same time I think we put some very good things together.

    "It was great to see them keep their cool and build back the lead...There's a few guys out there who did quite well, it was good to see a few of the older players get some minutes."

  • Right then, thanks for joining tonight. Gerry Thornley's match report from the Aviva Stadium will be live shortly.

    See you next week for the big one.