Ireland made light work of Japan, putting up 50 points in their comfortable 50-22 win at Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka.
Keith Earls, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan all finished with braces for Joe Schmidt’s side, with Garry Ringrose the other try scorer for Ireland.
Japan did score three tries of their own, but all of them came late in the second half when the contest was already long over. Ryuji Noguchi, Kenki Fukuoka and Yutaka Nagare added some respectability to the scoreline.
Ireland opened the scoring as soon as the sixth minute through a Paddy Jackson penalty after Japan strayed offside, before getting the first try thanks to Conan’s offload to Earls, Jackson converting to make it 10-0.
Yu Tamura responded with a penalty for Japan but the home side were under pressure notably in the scrum, coughing up multiple penalties before losing prop Heiichiro Ito to a yellow card.
Three quick tries followed, two to Leavy and one to Conan, making the sin-bin a costly one for Japan. Jackson converted all three scores to give Ireland a 31-3 half-time lead.
A breakaway score from Conan then added to the rout at the start of the second half, his second try, but Ireland’s good run was hampered slightly by the loss of winger Andrew Conway to a yellow card for a high tackle.
Spurred on Japan scored through Noguchi, after multiple phases, but Ireland responded through Ringrose, finishing off a spectacular try made by Tiernan O’Halloran’s cross-field kick after starting in their own 22.
Earls then made it 50 for Ireland after more impressive handling, before Fukuoka and Nagare crossed late on for Japan.
Tries:Yutaka Nagare(79′) Kenki Fukuoka(77′) Ryuji Noguchi(60′)
Cons: Rikiya Matsuda(61′,80′)
Yellow Card: Ito
IRELAND – 50
Tries: Keith Earls(12′,71′) Tieran O’Halloran (66′) Jack Conan(31′,46′)Dan Leavy(25′,29′)
Penalties: Paddy Jackson(7′)
Cons: Rory Scannell(67′) Paddy Jackson(13′,26′,33′,47′) Dan Leavy(30′)
Yellow Card: Conway
Japan: 15 Ryuji Noguchi, 14 Kotaro Matshima, 13 William Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Shota Horie (c), 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Hendrik Tui, 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Derek Carpenter, 23 Rikiya Matsuda
Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Rhys Ruddock (c), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Jack O’Donoghue, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Rory O’Loughlin, 23 Tiernan O’Halloran
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: JP Doyle (England), Alex Ruiz (France)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)