If there was ever any doubt over Ireland's commanding position in the IRB World Rankings then Saturday's performance certainly put it to rest. Collectively, Ireland looked the better team from the outset and playing in front of the sell-out home crowd definitely gave them the extra impidous needed at some points during the game. Initially Declan Kidney's team selection looked a little dubious with Ronan O'Gara sitting on the bench in favour of Jonathan Sexton but it proved inspired as he kicked Ireland to a commanding victory over South Africa.
Despite being current world champions and the world's number one rugby team, the Springboks only managed one try against Ireland and that came from flanker Schalk Burger in the 16th minute. Fly-half Morne Steyn did convert it and also managed to notch up another three pointer drop-goal but missed three vital penalties which kept Ireland in the game.
Five successful penalties from Sexton and Ireland's 15 points was enough to seal a famous victory which given that they were parading nine Lions who played in the Test series, were motivated by revenge as much as any desire to keep intact an unbeaten record that now spans 10 matches.
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