Ireland Book World Cup Quarter-Final Spot With Big Bonus-Point Win Over Samoa
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Ireland are through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after they secured a big 47-5 win over Samoa in their final pool match. The win means no matter what happens with Scotland and Japan, Ireland will be in the last 16.
Tries from Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Johnny Sexton (2), Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway ensured a big win – but a lack of Plan B at times from Joe Schmidt’s men still has a lot of people concerned.
At the same time centre, Bundee Aki was sent-off midway through the first-half, meaning Ireland had to adjust their game plan for almost 60 minutes. Playing with 14 men against a tough Samoa side was never going to allow for an awful lot.
In terms of Japan and Scotland, it’s looking increasingly likely that came won’t go ahead. If that happens each team will receive 2 points – meaning Japan top the pool and Ireland face New Zealand in the quarter-finals.
If the game goes ahead, Ireland need Scotland to win with a bonus-point or just win and deny Japan a losing bonus-point if they are to overtake the tournament hosts in Pool A. In that case, Ireland would then face South Africa.