Johnny Sexton turns things around as Ireland prepare to face South Africa with Tonga’s win

Ireland 59 Tonga 16

Johnny Sexton brought down the house in Nantes with a try that saw him become his country’s record goalscorer as Ireland prepared for their clash with the Springboks next weekend.

Sexton (38 years old) raced between the goals in the 38th minute to beat his former rival turned friend Ronan O’Gara on the scoring charts.

A crowd of teammates swarmed the veteran skipper to celebrate his achievement as the bonus try point was secured.

Read more: Johnny Sexton makes history when he becomes Ireland’s record top scorer with a try against Tonga

Most importantly, it means Andy Farrell can take him on the break with the Bucs’ clash at Stade de France next Saturday night in mind.

Farrell will have some concerns about letting Tonga back into the contest after Peter O’Mahony was left out – the Pacific Islanders scored 10 unanswered points in either half to make it 31-16.

But then top scorer Vaia Fifita missed the chance to score another goal for the Sea Eagles before James Lowe clinched it for the favourites, who eventually got away with it.

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