Rugby | 14-man Ireland claim bonus point against Samoa

Ireland have secured a bonus-point victory over Samoa in in Fukuoka, sealing a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in the process.

Joe Schmidt’s men scored seven tries in total against their Pool A opponents, despite losing Bundee Aki to a red card in the 29th minute.

Rory Best gave Ireland the dream start with a fourth-minute try, touching down after an Irish maul from a lineout.

Johnny Sexton converted from a tight angle to make it 7-0 inside five minutes at Level5 Stadium.

Samoa then lost hooker Seilala Lam to the sin bin, and Ireland made them pay son afterwards.

Tadhg Furlong powered over in the ninth minute, scoring his fourth international try in the process. Sexton converted again to make it 14-0.

Sexton recorded try number three in the 21st minute, driving over the whitewash after excellent play from Jordan Larmour.

The Leinster star added his third conversion of the half, but Samoa hit back five minutes later when Jack Lam twisted away from a five-metre maul to score Samoa’s only try.

Aki was then sent off in the 28th minute – following a TMO review – for a high tackle on Samoa out-half Ulupano Seuteni.

A minute before half time, Sexton sealed a bonus point with Ireland’s fourth try; the outhalf selling Dwayne Polataivao a dummy to sprint over the line following a five-metre scrum.

Larmour – who was named man of the match – scored Ireland’s fifth try in the 49th minute, touching down in the corner after a sharp pass from the influential Conor Murray.

Sexton split the posts with his fourth conversion before being replaced by Joey Carbery.

Samoa’s TJ Ioane was sent to the sin bin just before the hour mark, and Ireland made their numerical advantage count soon afterwards.

CJ Stander powered over the line in the 65th minute for another Irish try, with Carbery nailing the subsequent conversion to extend Ireland’s lead.

A clever grubber kick from Carbery in the 69th minute allowed substitute Andrew Conway to sprint clear for Ireland’s seventh try, with Carbery converting to seal a 47-5 victory.

Over to you Japan.