Rugby World Cup 2011: Ireland victory pleases Kidney
Ireland head coach Declan Kidney was pleased by his side's 62-12 win despite conceding two tries to Russia
Ireland head coach Declan Kidney was delighted with his side’s assured performance after they cruised past Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on Sunday.
Kidney’s men scored nine tries and Ronan O’Gara kicked 21 points as Ireland maintained their position at the top of Pool C – and Kidney was delighted with the result, despite conceding two tries to the Russians.
“We are pleased,” Kidney told RTE. “We probably went a bit asleep in the middle of both halves but we’re delighted with the win and to score that number of tries.
“Every side you have to prepare for in a World Cup because you know teams will come at you fully. We had to go strong at the start of the first half – and we did that – and then we had a golden patch before half-time.
“Three tries in five or six minutes was good for us but we had to work for it and little bits we made hard for ourselves and the Russians scored two good tries against us.”
Fergus McFadden and Sean O’Brien settled any Irish nerves with early tries and Kidney’s men finished the first half strongly as Issac Boss, Keith Earls and Andrew Trimble broke past the Russian defences to give the Pool C leaders a commanding 36-0 lead.
Russia responded after the interval with tries from Vasily Artemyev and Denis Simplikevich but Rob Kearney, Shane Jennings and Tony Buckley went over late in the game to hand Ireland a comfortable win.
Fly-half Ronan O’Gara was named man of the match and the Munster star hailed the unity in the Ireland camp.
“There’s good competition in our squad and everybody feels part of it,” he said. “The camp is buzzing at the minute and we want to make the most of this opportunity.”
Ireland, who are three points clear of Australia at the top of Pool C, face Italy in their final group game next Sunday.
Ireland: Kearney, McFadden, Earls, Wallace, Trimble, O’Gara, Boss; Healy, Cronin, Buckley, O’Callaghan, Cullen (captain, Ryan, O’Brien, Heaslip.
Replacements: Murphy for Earls (50), Sexton for O’Gara (66), Reddan for Boss (66), Jennings for O’Brien (58), Leamy for O’Callaghan (46), Rossfor Healy (58)
Russia: Artemyev, Simplikevich, Kuzin, Trishin, Ostroushko, Rachkov, Yanyushkin (captain), Gresev, Garbuzov, Fatakhov, Byrnes, Antonov, Khrokin, Tsnobiladze, Popov.
Replacements: Babaev for Trishin (74), Bykanov for Yanyushkin (74), Sidorov for Garbuzov (45), Voytov for Antonov (49), Prishchepenko for Khrokin (50), Matveev for Tsnobiladze (74), Travkin for Popov (75).