Scrum-half hopes for improved Ireland performance
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The Irish scrum-half hopes the team will “put out a better performance” against Samoa on Saturday.

During the 29-10 victory over England in Dublin, the Leinster player scored five tries.

In spite of our hard work, we were hoping to put in a better performance,” he said.

I suppose I’m happy with the outcome.”

Despite Ireland’s convincing win at the Aviva Stadium, Gibson-Park believes there is much more to come from the squad.

In the first half of the match against Steve Borthwick’s team, the home side looked rusty and disjointed.

A lot of errors and a lot of stop-start play made the first half pretty difficult,” said the 31-year-old.

In spite of our win over England on Saturday, we were feeling great as a team.

The English, however, came to spoil the party, just as they did during the Six Nations.

Basically, they came with a plan to shut us down and make it messy.

“We’re just trying to improve on the building blocks we’ve built over the past three years.”

A combined effort between Bundee Aki and Keith Earls led to Ireland’s fifth try against England

Keith Earls scored Ireland’s last try against England by accepting a precision pass from Bundee Aki and diving over the corner to mark his 100th cap.

The moment was pretty special. He [Aki] practices those passes so it was nice to see him put them into action.

There was a quality ball, but ‘Earlsy’ still had a bit to do, but it was a world class finish.

They are scheduled to announce their 33-man World Cup squad on 28 August, with their first pool match against Romania on 9 September.