UCT prop Brett Wilkinson made the most of his call-up when he scored just 3 minutes into his debut against Tonga.
Ireland who played at Ulster’s Ravenhill led 21-14 at the break and surged clear in the second half. The team coached by Wilko’s provincial coach Michael Bradley scored 7 tries and convincingly beat the visitors 48-19.
Ireland A: G Duffy; S Horgan, D Cave, F McFadden, A Trimble; I Humphreys, P Stringer; B Wilkinson, D Fogarty, M Ross; D Toner, D Ryan; S O’Brien, N Best, C Henry.
Replacements: A Kyriacou, B Young, D Tuohy, K McLaughlin, I Boss, I Keatley, J Murphy.