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Andrew Conway Gives Schmidt Selection Headache With Stunning Display

Andrew Conway Gives Schmidt Selection Headache With Stunning Display
By Gary Connaughton

How good was the Munster man in this game? Ireland rounded off the November internationals with an excellent 57-14 win over the USA this evening, with a number of players taking their chance to impress Joe Schmidt.

The Irish coach used this game as an opportunity to test out some of his fringe players, and they certainly did not disappoint. The like of Jack Conan and Tadhg Beirne were fantastic, but one man in particular stood out.

Andrew Conway grabbed three of Ireland's eight tries, with his finishing ability proving a real asset during the whole 80 minute. It was not just his scoring that stood out however, with the Munster man producing a very well-rounded performance.

He grabbed his first try inside three minutes. Conway started the move in his own half, with Ruddock providing the decisive line break before returning the ball to the winger.

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He was on hand to make Ireland's pressure count just a few minutes later. After a stunning Will Addison offload, he touched down in the corner to finish off a wonderful Irish attack.

He then turned provider, running a strong line to split the American defence before offloading to the oncoming Jack Conan.

Conway continued to perform well throughout the second half, and he completed his hat-trick in the final few minutes. He can thank Garry Ringrose for that, after the Leinster centre came up with the run of the game, leaving a number of defenders in his wake before playing in the winger.

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Unsurprisingly, Conway received the man-of-the-match for his efforts. Twitter reacted wonderfully to his performance.

Conway's performance tonight is yet another example of the strength-in-depth, with Joe Schmidt seemingly having a number of quality payers at his disposal in every position. That is a very encouraging sign as we enter a World Cup year, and one would hope that one or two injuries will not scupper our World Cup hopes this time around.

For Conway, he can use this performance as a springboard for 2019. He will surely be hoping to win a larger role in this Irish team, even if he faces plenty of competition to do so.

Joe Schmidt will find him difficult to ignore should he continue his current form, and it will be a much-welcomed conundrum for the Irish coach to solve over the coming months.

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