This Keith Earls Tackle Could Very Well Have Saved Ireland’s World Cup Campaign

Last-ditch.

Ireland were left absolutely stunned by Japan in their Rugby World Cup pool clash yesterday morning – but things would have been even worse if Keith Earls didn’t make a stunning tackle in the closing minutes.

The Munster winger was making his first appearance of the tournament after missing the Scotland game through injury, and while he couldn’t contribute much in attack, his incredible work in defence made sure Ireland didn’t leave the game empty-handed.

With Ireland trailing by 7 and chasing a converted try to tie the game, Jordan Larmour threw a poor pass that was easily intercepted by Japan who looked certain to run the length of the pitch and add further humiliation.

Had the hosts scored a try from the intercept, Ireland would not have come away with a losing bonus-point – something that could prove to be huge come the end of the pool stages.

It’s not the first time Earls has done this too. Remember this tackle against Italy? Incredible stuff from the Limerick man who simply refuses to give up time and time again

Check out the tackle against Japan at the 8-minute mark below.