Ireland would then face New Zealand on Saturday, October 19 with Japan taking on the Springboks the following day. Sexton can't quite convert his second score as the clock goes red, Ireland take a commanding 21-point lead at half-time.

Samoa are penalised for a neck roll while pressurising in defence within Ireland's half. Johnny Sexton's two-try turn dragged 14-man Ireland to the World Cup quarter-finals but Bundee Aki's red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa could end his tournament.

It looks like they've managed to score once more through Jean Kleyn this time, but we go to the TMO once more to check. But the men from the Pacific are to keen to make Ireland pay and continue to hand the ball straight back to them. You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Ireland look flustered at times now they're down to 14 men, and Samoa have the skill and power to punish them for it. Ireland played with 14 men for 50 minutes but still eased into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a seven try, 47-5 demolition of a ragged Samoa in their final Pool A match on Saturday. Fail to secure a bonus-point victory today, and Ireland stand the risk of being knocked out of the pool stages by points difference. If the Japan-Scotland match is called off in Yokohama, then Japan will be awarded two points and top the pool.

"It's devastating for Bundee.

The game then threatened to turn Samoa’s way when Aki was sent off by referee Nic Berry.

There was general sympathy around the ground for the centre. Ireland turn over the Samoa scrum with huge drive #IREvSAM #RWC2019Find out where you can watch at TJ Ioane, the Samoa flanker, was yellow-carded as Samoa began to buckle under the pressure of constantly defending in their own half. Samoa defended manfully for the last ten minutes but the dam has burst through the visage of a CJ Stander try. But Ireland responded brilliantly, pushing the Samoans back over the gain-line and soon winning a penalty scrum at the five-metre line. Wait a minute, the TMO has come in here to look at potential obstruction. Their kicking game went awry at times, as did their handling, and their scrum took too long to start firing. A textbook penalty lineout maul handed Ireland the perfect start, with captain Best claiming the first try just three minutes in. Jack Lam's 25th-minute score feels a long time ago right now. Ireland 47-5 Samoa: Ireland will play either New Zealand or South Africa in the quarter-finals after easing to victory in Fukuoka, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Please try again.

The clocks about to go red here as we pack down for an Irish scrum, but fullback Jordan Larmour has been named the Man of the Match.

Warrick Gelant has a simple to-do list while the Springboks have some downtime in preparation of their Rugby World Cup (RWC) quarterfinal Sunday week.

If the game does go on and Japan win, Ireland finish second in the group and play New Zealand in the quarter finals.

"We had to leave some defensive rucks alone and make sure we had numbers on feet," said the 37-year-old hooker.

Fukuoka escaped the violent storm that forced the cancellation of Saturday's other two matches but Typhoon Hagibis could still prevent Japan playing Scotland on Sunday to decide if Ireland next face the champion All Blacks or South Africa. Rugby-Ireland shrug off red card to thrash Samoa, reach quarters, tap here to see other videos from our team. With nothing but pride left on the line and a number of players determined to impress in the hopes of securing full-time employment – second row Teofilo Paulo was recently released by Premiership returnees London Irish – Ireland will be caught could if they underestimate the notoriously physical south-sea islanders.

"We are happy with the result and performance but disappointed we didn't finish with 15 players," said Schmidt. Manu Samoa peform Siva Tau ahead of their match with IrishRugby at #RWC2019#IREvSAM Straightforward right? Ireland’s numerical disadvantage did not show and on the stroke of half time Sexton punched through the short-side to give Ireland a 26-5 lead at the break. With a meager 31% share of the possession, they'll have to tighten up if they want to run a tired Irish side later in the game. Sexton kicks to the corner for a lineout five metres from Samoa's line.

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