Friday 13 December 2019

Cricket score for Ireland sends rugby fans home happy

Ireland fan Caroline O'Farrell.
Ireland fan Caroline O'Farrell.
Fans Colleen (11), Donnacha (8), and David O’Rahilly from Bruff after Ireland defeated Georgia. Picture: El Keegan.
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

A FEW of the old reliable faces may have been missing but nobody minded as Ireland clocked up a cricket score.

Fans were smiling as the Irish rugby side ran out 49-7 winners over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium despite manager Joe Schmidt making wholesale changes to the team that beat South Africa last week.

Caroline O'Farrell from Donegal said that she was very impressed with the performance, particularly with the players from her own province.

"The couple of guys from Ulster, I thought did great, so we had fun. They have been breaking through for the last year or so now so that is great for the province and it is nice to see them get a chance," she said.

"We were missing the usual faces but it was a great day anyway. It was amazing. The atmosphere was only okay and a bit quiet but we still had fun."

The unanimous verdict was that the players did well - however, avid Munster supporter David O'Rahilly from Limerick said Simon Zebo could have performed better, much to the disgust of his children who were also at the game.

Colleen (11) and Donacha (8) both said Zebo is their favourite player and that he will be a key figure at next year's World Cup.

"I think they will win the World Cup," said Colleen, "I really like Zebo."

Jackie Pierce from Greystones brought her nephew and niece to their first international match.

Brian Coleman (10) and his sister Tanya (7) said they both enjoyed themselves and Jackie said that it was a great occasion to be a part of.

After flying in from Tbilisi before the game, Irakli Dolidze and his friends said that being in Dublin was a great experience. "Dublin is great and I like the Irish people and the Guinness is great," he quipped.

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