The Bermuda World Rugby Classic got underway at the National Sports Center with a double header that proved to be two shocking results with France and South Africa both going down.
Ireland 24 France 10
Ireland made the most of their return after 25 years with a stunning performance defeating France 24 – 10. France scored first through Alexandre Lacroix going over a Try, with Anthony Lagardere kicking the Conversion for a 7 – 0 lead.
Ireland leveled the score at 7 – 7 when Fionn Carr went over for a Try and Barry Everitt kicked the Conversion. Ireland would then take the lead 14 – 7 with a Try from Des Dillon and Gary Brown kicked the Conversion.
Lagardere would kick a Penalty early in the second half to pull France within 4 making the score 14 – 10, but minutes later Brown would kick a Penalty for Ireland to make it 17 – 10.
Daragh Fanning would close out the scoring with a Try for Ireland and when Brown kicked the Conversion to make the final score 24 – 10.
South Africa 24 Canada 26
Canada spurred on by the crowd came from behind to defeat South Africa 26 – 24. South Africa would get Try’s from Conrad Jantjies, Sam Gerber, Ryan Kankowski and a Penalty Try, with Monty Dumond kicking 2 Conversions, while Canada got Try’s from Mark Macsween, Scott Durham, Jeff Hasler, Aaron Mittler, with Derek Daypuck kicking 3 Conversions.