Ireland A 53 - 0 Fiji

Match info: International at

Date: 17/11/2012 KO: 17:30 Att: 17,126

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

TriesGilroy (10, 68, 72) McFadden (21, 44) Cronin (22) Cave (31) Marshall (79)ConversionsJackson (10, 21, 22, 44, 72)PenaltiesJackson (7)



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  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 21:16 GMT

Ireland coach Declan Kidney admitted that wingers Craig Gilroy and Fergus McFadden have left him with a selection headache ahead of next Saturday's clash against Argentina.

Fergus McFadden: Caught the eye
Fergus McFadden: Caught the eye

Gilroy scored a hat-trick in the 53-0 annihilation of Fiji at Thomond Park, while McFadden chipped in with a double and played makeshift flanker when Chris Henry was sent to the sin-bin.

Ulster winger Gilroy capped his first senior start for Ireland with a stunning 80-metre try late in the second half to complete his treble.

His performance has elevated him into the selection debate for a home game against an Argentina side that are one place ahead of Ireland in the world rankings.

"Overall, the first half went okay," Kidney said. "The third quarter definitely died a lot and we'll have to take a good look at that because that was the section last week (against South Africa) that cost us.

"We finished strongly but the thing that pleased me most was the defence. Even though we were points ahead we defended stoically."

Kidney added: "There were a lot of young men out there having their first go and I think it would be wrong to single any one player out.

"There was a fair bit of finishing from some of the backs but there was good work done by the forwards too.

"Craig (Gilroy) seemed to enjoy it. I'm sure Fergus (McFadden) will remind him that he was in the scrum that led to one of his tries.

"It was a good team effort and the wingers, well it's their job to finish the chances when they come to them. Fair play to him, he took his chances when they came his way."

Gilroy announced himself on the European stage at the same ground last April, scoring a scintillating try against Munster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

The 21-year-old was delighted with his evening's work and said: "The Ulster lads did well but I thought the team, as a whole, were great.

"We've only been together a short while but we've gelled really quickly and I think that showed tonight.

"Any chance I get to put on the jersey and play for my country is a big step for me. It is something that I have worked towards really hard and I'm glad I took my opportunity tonight."

Kidney believes the five tries from his wingers means Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble will have to step up their game in preparation for Ireland's final Test match of the year.

He said: "They've certainly put their hand up and I guess that will have to be recognised. We'll take a look at the videos and, whether it affects selection or not, we'll have to wait and see. We won't pre-empt anything."

Samoa's victory over Wales on Friday night has tightened up the world rankings and Ireland could rise as high as sixth with a win at the Aviva Stadium.

Kidney added: "Samoa's win makes it clearer that we have to get a win next week to stay in that top-eight position. It will be all to play for.

"We had good support here tonight and hopefully we'll get it again next week because we are going to need it against a tough Argentinian side."

Kidney confirmed that Jonathan Sexton's late withdrawal from the bench was due to a groin strain, but hopes that his first choice fly-half will be fit to face Argentina.

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