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By Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI at Yokohama
Ireland lock Iain Henderson claims captain Rory Best”silenced a great deal of critics” on his side’s opening 27-3 World Cup win over Scotland.
37, best, scored his side’s second attempt and played the whole 80 minutes.
“It was course, I was enjoying sitting on the bench watching Rory on the market,” said Henderson, who also starred prior to being substituted after 56 minutes.
“I thought he was totally incredible now.”
The solid victory on the negative of ireland has been delivered using their very best performance of 2019.
A 100 percent line-out success rate is going to have been especially pleasing for head coach Joe Schmidt of being asked on his side’s ability to dominate the set-piece without experienced line-out caller Devin Toner, after months.
As Ireland’s line-out crumbled, after a defeat at Twickenham a month Best, who will retire at the end of the championship, came in for criticism.
His operation from Yokohama will put to bed doubts on his efficacy at the highest level.
“I have said it before, it is almost impossible to say what he can until you’re in a group with him and you are feeling exactly what he adds in a squad,” explained Henderson.
“Plenty of people who have never played a squad saw today what he adds.”
After Sunday’s victory, Best place the recent improvement down to after the defeat by England of Ireland.
“There were concerns about us ,” added that the Ireland skipper.
“We knew we had a great deal more to give. I believe we did not put stress on ourselves to be in the position we had to be and also to execute the strategy.
“I think sometimes you need to draw a small line in the sand.
“We were happy with the two [warm-up] games against Wales and again today.”
Ireland next meet tournament hosts Japan, that started their effort with a bonus-point victory over Russia on Friday.
A triumph in Shizuoka would set Ireland well where, if they top the team, they will likely face South Africa.
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