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Dublin: 2°C Saturday 23 January 2021

Johnny Sexton's scorching run over the try-line shows he's back to his best

That, and more highlights from Ireland’s excellent opening half in the Rugby World Cup.

sexto try Source: World Rugby

BETWEEN A DIFFICULT final season in France and three months awaiting clearance from his neurologist after the frequency with which he was picking up concussions became a concern, it hasn’t exactly been the best 12 months of Jonathan Sexton’s career.

Today however, back on the scene of one of his best ever games, Sexton took a blowtorch to any remaining cobwebs with a superb all-round display.

Jonathan Sexton scores their third try despite the tackle of Matt Evans Ray Barkwill Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Sexton showed off his brilliant abilities to kick from hand particularly in the second half, but the first 40 minutes was all about his ability to ignite a back-line with precision passing and powerful running. And when he ignites a back-line, nobody basks in the warmth quite as much as Sexton himself. The above 28th minute try off Sean O’Brien’s reverse pass made it look like Sexton is returning to his absolute best.

Here are some more highlights courtesy of World Rugby, including the excellent powerplay that created the overlap finished off by Dave Kearney to secure the bonus point.

Source: World Rugby/YouTube

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