14-man Ireland thrash Samoa to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Robbie Henshaw

Henshaw played in Ireland's final warm-up game against Wales but has not yet featured at the Rugby World Cup in Japan

The former Munster man stressed South Africa suited Ireland much more than New Zealand do. The answer to that, at least for now, is as variable as the weather.

With the final order of Pool A out of their hands, Ireland will hope that Scotland can beat Japan in Yokohama should the game go ahead amid concerns caused by Typhoon Hagibis, and deny the hosts two bonus-points. The win has taken Ireland to 16 points in the table that has taken them to the top spot in the table with their qualification to the knock-out confirmed irrespective of the result between Scotland and Japan on Sunday.

It's the first time games have been canceled at rugby's showpiece tournament, and while Ireland vs. Samoa is still going ahead it could yet be called off.

"Look, they were really good at set-piece time and they scrum well, mauled extremely well and tactically with a man down they played really well and throughouly deserved their victory tonight".

Center Bundee Aki became the first Ireland player to be sent off in a Rugby World Cup.

"We were tactically relatively solid once we lost Bundee because it would have been hard to play with a huge amount of width".

Ireland were reduced to 14-men for the remainder of the game with Aki red-carded in the 29th minute for a hit on the face of Ulupano Seuteni but Samoa failed to capitalise on the advantage.

It's great what World Rugby and the Japanese have put on.

"It's all split-second stuff. I'm not seeing enough to mitigate it down", he said in dishing out the red card.

Samoa's head coach Steve Jackson threw his weight behind Bundee getting reprieved. "People don't go out there to make head contact", Jackson said. Was their malice? No.

"Defenders have got to make decision within a split second".

It was Ireland's first red at a World Cup but the seventh red card overall at this tournament - three more than at any other World Cup.

"It's important to keep your composure".

"They said this World Cup would be better and it has been outstanding". Dodson wants the game pushed back 24 hours, claiming World Rugby would be risking the "sporting integrity" of the competition if they stick to their decision that the game must be played tomorrow or not at all.

No. 8 CJ Stander and replacement winger Andrew Conway added further tries.

Everyone's in the Team Of Us.

Ireland punished that sloppy mistake in the eighth minute with another converted try by prop Tadhg Furlong. It was awarded after one of several video reviews. Furlong broke four tackles, even going through one with an nearly ballet-like pirouette that is most irregular for a player of his imposing size.

The playmaker then got on the try-scoring list after 21 minutes, following outstanding work from Jordan Larmour on the right-hand side.

Samoa were visibly rocked and made things worse with a yellow card for hooker Seilala Lam after a high shoulder tackle on six minutes. He believed Italy was disrespected, and went as far as saying the match would not have been cancelled if the defending champion All Blacks needed the points to reach the quarterfinals.

TJ Ioane was then sin-binned for repeated Samoan infringement, paving the way for another Ireland score.

"You guys are pretty smart individuals, and you would have seen the pitch yourselves", said Feek.

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