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Johnny Sexton unshakeable in Ireland’s biggest win over South Africa

• Ireland 38-3 South Africa
• Andrew Conway, Rhys Ruddock, Rob Herring and Jacob Stockdale score tries

If it is this easy on Wednesday, when World Rugby meets to decide the hosts of the 2023 World Cup, then close the book now. Ireland will be the hosts. Before the match, Joe Schmidt had urged his team to put on the sort of performance that would put the country “in the shop window” before the vote between South Africa, France and Ireland. They did that and then some – utterly dominating from first to last to record their biggest win over the Springboks.

Tries by Andrew Conway, Rhys Ruddock, Rob Herring and Jacob Stockdale were all that Ireland deserved in a victory that far eclipsed the 17-point margin of their previous biggest win over the Springboks in 2006. It was Johnny Sexton, as so often in the past, who led the way – controlling the game in a man of the match performance, and kicking four penalties as Ireland took control early on before making it emphatic in the final moments.

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