Irish prop David Kilcoyne was savouring the moment as his try opened the floodgates for Ireland as they defeated Georgia, 49-7 at the Aviva Stadium.
The victory was the second win of the series after their victory over South Africa last week and he felt it was important to back it up with a victory this week.
“It was good to get a win, especially backing up the South African win. The high of last week, it is easy to get lost and not prepare as well as you should but everyone did and the collective played well tonight.
“We looked at Georgia and if you look at any of their games against tier one nations, they really stick in there for 50/60 minutes. It is only at the end that teams tend to break them. It was evident again tonight. They’re a real physical side, especially their maul contest, scrum, their quite phsyical and it was always going to take that. We knew we needed to back our fitness. That was the main thing.”
Although it was his 11th cap, Kilcoyne still relishes the chance to represent Ireland. Having scored tries against Sale Sharks and Saracens for Munster in two crucial wins in the European Cup last month, Kilcoyne continued with that form against Georgia.
“Anytime you are representing your country, it’s a big honour. My whole family were there today. I know it’s a big occasion for them and a huge occasion for me. It is a big honour. It (his try) happened pretty quick. Happy to get the end of it but Redzer took a great line, and again great lines by the forwards. If you are the end of a try, it is always good.
“You just got to buy into the system and again, it’s the collective. We have a saying here: You try and make everyone’s job easier. That is the goal. You work as hard as you can to make the fellas job beside you easier and that is what we all try and do.”
It took Ireland two minutes after the restart to finish off moves after opening Georgia up with Kilcoyne grabbing the first of six tries as Ireland were in the ascendancy. Richardt Strauss added a second try on 50 minutes. While Georgia grabbed a try when Giorgi Nemsadze got between Kilcoyne and Dave Foley before brushing off the challenge of Eoin Reddan, Ireland upped the ante once more as their fitness told.
“The first 50/60 minutes were incredibly difficult. They were a very physical side. It was going to take time to break them, but we did. We backed our fitness. We said what we were going to do. Thankfully that paid off.
“It was a hugely physical game. It did take us to the 50 minute mark to break them. That will stand to us going into next week. Australia pose a different threat. THey have threats all over the park. We really have to knuckle down tomorrow, get our homework done.”
Much of the pre-game talk was of the powerful presence of the Georgian pack and despite getting the upper hand in a few early scrums, with Mike Ross penalised early on, it didn’t take long for Australia to get the upper hand. Kilcoyne feels it could have been more the focus now turns to Australia and the final game of the series. Having lost on Saturday against France, the Munster front row is expecting another difficult day at the office next week.
“I felt really comfortable there (in the scrums). That side, Mike, it is down to the interpretation of the referee. I willl have a look at it and see. Anytime you give away a penalty it’s frustrating. It’s something we work really hard here to paint positive pictures. We did that for the majority of the game. There towards the end it would have been interesting if we let that scrum play on in the five metre. We would have probably got a penalty try.
“I thought they were good as they are. They have threats all over the park. If you look at it, they scrum well, Hooper is in the form of his life. We are going to have a really difficult day in the office. We will of course (be able to go after them in the scrum).”
Cillian O Conchuir, Pundit Arena.