Ireland made the most of their chances against South Africa with a 4-2 win on the opening night of the Celtic Cup in Hillsborough.
Chris Cargo took the credit for the opening score that was actually kicked in by a defender.
John Jermyn made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 19 minutes, but David Harte was beaten shortly before half-time by Lance Louw.
Tim Cockram repaired the damage and then Jason Lynch claimed the fourth.
But Lloyd Jones pulled one back for the visitors late on.
Ireland -- D Harte, J Jackson, K Carroll, M Watt, C Cargo, J Jermyn, E Magee, J Bell, T Cockram, J Bruton, C Harte. Subs: D Carson, J Lynch, B McCandless, D Hobbs, S Dowds.