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11th Nov 2014

Paul Warwick breaks down Ireland’s win over South Africa

Supreme defensive effort and physicality allied with a pacy backline were too much for the Springboks


Former Munster and Connacht back Paul Warwick was on a watching brief for on Saturday and was impressed with Ireland’s 29-15 triumph against South Africa. Here is how, in Warwick’s opinion, Ireland claimed their Springbok scalp.

‘Ireland’s breakdown work was impressive and they consistently, through Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell and Rhys Ruddock, cleared beyond the ball.’

Ireland breakdown

‘Ireland set out to physically dominate the Springboks and the tactic paid off.’

Jack McGrath in a maul 8/11/2014

‘The tempo from Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray was exciting to watch.’

‘The centre pairing of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will only improve. There were some nice contributions from both guys and solid defensively.’

Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw combine to tackle Jan Serfontein 8/11/2014

‘Defence and fitness were obvious improvements for Ireland.’

‘Ireland looked a cohesive unit operating with genuine pace and physicality.’

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