Ireland runs in 6 tries, thrashes Georgia 49-7
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland cut loose in the second half to run in six tries for a 49-7 thrashing of Georgia in Dublin on Sunday, making it two wins from two for the Six Nations champions in the autumn tests.
The Irish rested most of its top players after a 29-15 victory over South Africa last weekend and their second string took a while to find its cutting edge, taking just a 9-0 lead into halftime through three penalties from flyhalf Ian Madigan.
However, after prop David Kilcoyne barged over for the first try in the 43rd minute, there was no stopping Ireland as hooker Richardt Strauss, winger Simon Zebo, fullback Felix Jones (two) and replacement Stuart Olding also crossed the line.
“It’s always a bit of a banana skin when it’s Georgia and you’ve made 13 changes,” Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said. “Any team that makes 13 changes can be a little bit incongruent in putting things together and we were a little bit static in the first half.
“But we kept the structure and we knew the ruck penalties they were accumulating were perhaps an opportunity for us.”
Georgia paid for getting two yellow cards for persistent infringing, the first on the stroke of halftime for Giorgi Begadze and then for Dimitri Basilaia in the 60th. Giorgi Nemsadze scored its only try in the 56th, making it 23-7 at the time.
Madigan scored 19 points from five conversions and three penalties.
Ireland will look to complete a clean sweep of November victories by beating Australia on Saturday.