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Best leads Ireland to record-breaking rout.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Best leads Ireland to record-breaking rout. thumbnail Irish skipper Rory Best.

POYNTZPASS man Rory Best captained the Ireland rugby team to a record-breaking 38-3 rout of South Africa in Saturday's opening Guinness Series game at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

A year ago, Best led Ireland to a first ever victory over New Zealand in Chicago in their opening autumn international and this time too the men in green made history, more than doubling the previous highest winning margin against South Africa.


Although this was far from the best Springboks side ever to face Ireland, the hosts deserve great credit for an impressive performance full of ferocious commitment.

Winning his 105th cap, Best was at the heart of Ireland's forward dominance as they destroyed the Springbok scrum, providing the platform for Johnny Sexton's boot to start building an early lead.

His hat-trick of penalties put Ireland 9-0 up and Munster winger Andrew Conway also crossed for an opportunist try before the visitors got their only points of the evening courtesy of a penalty early in the second half.

Sexton cancelled that out and Ireland ran in three further tries in the later stages with substitute forwards Rhys Ruddock and Rob Herring, Best's understudy as hooker, getting over before young Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale rounded off a comprehensive victory.

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