Ireland started their RWC campaign with a 50-7 thumping of Canada. Tries from O’Brien, Henderson, Sexton, Cronin, Payne and a brace from Rob Kearney set the men in green up for a huge score. However, the seven points scored by Canada were to remember. DTH Van der Merwe charged down Jared Payne’s chip kick and ran all the way to the whitewash. Ireland looked a bit shaky but came away with the victory.