Sexton showing impresses Crowley

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Canada head coach Kieran Crowley praised the performance of Jonathan Sexton after the Ireland fly-half led his charges to a 50-7 win on Saturday.

The result at the Millennium Stadium saw the Irish run in seven tries as they got their Rugby World Cup pool campaign off to a good start in front of 68,523 fans.

For Canada head coach Crowley, there were some pluses to take for his side but when asked about Sexton he could not help but laud the ten.

"He's not one of the most highly-paid players in the world for nothing," he said after the win, with Ireland facing Romania in their next game.

"His salary is about the same as all of ours put together. He gets the backs going well and his game management is excellent."

"He always creates a threat because he can run or kick. He is a pretty competent 10 isn't he, and his goal-kicking is great too. He controlled the game pretty well."

Canada will take on Italy next and Crowley was swift to keep morale high after their performance, setting out their objective for the pool run-in.

"To win our next three games and to finish second," he said before praising Ireland's defence, which was resolute for long periods of Canada pressure.

"We were a bit worried about our structure. We did create some chances but their forwards covered well and we need to get better in that area. Credit to their forwards because they did really well in the wider channels.

"It's a massive game against Italy. They play France tonight and we will watch that with interest and then start our preparation for that."