Ireland all but assured themselves a place in the final of the Four Nations tournament at UCD last night as they hit six against France.
Ireland hit three by half-time from Mitch Darling and a John Jermyn brace.
The French were left chasing shadows as Timmy Cockram registered number four and Darling shimmied his way to the pick of the half dozen.
On the hour Mikey Watt made it six from close range, though the losers had the last word , through Jean-Baptiste Paucht.
In ideal conditions on the opening day of the Sovereigns Cup off the Old Head of Kinsale yesterday there were upsets aplenty in the major classes.
In Class Zero, Anthony O'Leary saw his usual first place in class drop to second as Neil White's Independent Bear slipped in ahead of the Royal Cork skipper.
Class 1 national champion Pat Kelly on Storm was nowhere near the podium as Ian Nagle's Jelly Baby took the first day's bullet.
And in Class 3 where visiting Quarter Tonner's are staging a championship, Neil Kennefick's Tiger could only manage third, while local Eamonn Rohan on Anchor Challenge won the race followed by Rob Gray's Aguilla.
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