Ireland win Guinness series opener with 8 new caps

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Ireland racked up 8 tries in their victory over Canada.

It was the Guinness series opener at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night.

The game finished 52 to 21.

Peter O'Mahony captained the side in his first international outing since last year's Rugby World Cup.

Ireland head coach Schmidt said afterwards: "We knew that Canada would put pressure on us and we probably weren't as cohesive as we'd have liked to have been after a couple of trainings. But it was great to see the players keep their cool and build back their lead.

"It was good and bad really. There was some really good patches and it was good to see those (new) players out there, but at the same time there was some messy patches and I think the error count stacked up." Schmidt said.

"There's a few guys out there who did quite well. It was good to get some of the experienced guys some minutes up and at the same time some of the younger guys impressed."

With the focus now switching to new Saturday's rematch with New Zealand, he added: "I'll have a look at the footage and that'll give me a better indication, along with the other coaches, and we'll get together and have a look at training."

The two sides meet in Dublin following last week's clash in the USA - where his side ran out 40-29 winners.

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