Luke Fitzgerald may have had his name on the score sheet yesterday - but it was Ian Madigan's try. The score that sealed the win for Ireland came when Ian Madigan chose to kick away a penalty advantage, and the result was amazing.
We know how pinpoint that kick was that Fitzgerald didn't have to break stride as he ran in unopposed. When asked about it afterwards, Madigan tried to shy away from the plaudits, choosing instead to thank others:
It’s definitely a part of my game I’ve been working on in pre-season with Richie. That skill and the technical side of the cross-field kick.
But Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy wasn't the only one to receive thanks from Madigan, who remembers his past as an All-Ireland U14 Feile champion:
It would be rude not to thank Kilmacud Crokes as well, they certainly taught me well about how to kick a round ball when I was a kid.
Coming just a few months after Robbie Henshaw's GAA background was given a lot of credit for that leap over Alex Goode to beat England, it seems GAA is helping Irish rugby rise to second in the world.
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