Dave Kilcoyne Books His World Cup Place With Incredible First-Half Performance
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Ireland got their Rugby World Cup preparations back on track this afternoon with a crucial 22-17 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Two first-half tries from Jacob Stockdale and a penalty try in the second proved to be enough despite a late surge from the Welsh.
More importantly, Ireland looked better in almost every area they were lacking in against England. There were also some massive standout performances from the likes of Jack Carty, Andrew Conway and Will Addison, who all look like they could be heading to Japan.
The step from Kilcoyne. 😮
The vision from Carty. 👏🏻
The footwork from Conway. 🔥
The finish from Stockdale. 💇🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/yC1AkQ9Wz6
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) August 31, 2019
But one man who has without a doubt booked his spot on the plan to Japan is Munster prop, Dave Kilcoyne. His first-half performance was as good as it gets for a loosehead, with the Limerick man now surely ahead of Jack McGrath in the pecking order.
Unfortunately, he missed much of the second half after being taken off for an HIA. But he had already done enough to earn his spot in the squad. Just check out these stats.
Dave Kilcoyne in the first half:
8 tackles [nearly all huge]
31 metres run
5 defenders beaten
2 scrum penalties
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) August 31, 2019