Ireland A secured their passage to the final of the Churchill Cup, where they will meet England Saxons, after a crushing 40-5 defeat of Georgia in Denver on Sunday night.

Ireland ran in six tries - four of which came in a one-sided first half - in stormy conditions to secure a bonus point and top spot in the pool.

In truth, the game was over as a contest by half-time, with John Murphy, Fergus McFadden, Felix Jones and Tony Buckley all running in tries in the opening 40 minutes.

The second half was a more muted affair and McFadden added his second try of the game before a sixth try, which was mere window dressing, gave the score line a lopsided look.
Ireland asserted their undoubted superiority from the off, when Niall O’Connor kicked two early penalties before Murphy broke clear down the wing after an error by the Georgian full-back.

McFadden then added Ireland’s second in the 20th minute and O’Connor converted. Georgia then threatened to make a game of it when Zviad Maisuradze broke from the base of the scrum to splash over the line.

However, Jones and Buckley went over for a pair of relatively straightforward tries and Ireland went in with a 28-5 lead at the break.

The atrocious weather conditions ruined the second half, with McFadden diving over for his second half to temporarily relieve the gloom and, a sixth Irish try was added late on before the referee ended the game early.