Video – Schmidt, Stockdale, Van der Flier & Murray talk about Ireland win over Samoa

It was an easy victory for 14 men Ireland over Samoa on Saturday in their Pool A clash.
Ireland had to play over half the match with 14 men after Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute dismissal.

First half tries by Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton had already put them in control.

Jack Lam replied but another Sexton try secured a bonus point before half-time.

Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway also crossed as Ireland navigated the second half unscathed.

Ireland’s opponents in the last eight will be determined by the outcome of the final Pool A fixture between Japan and Scotland on Sunday, which could still be cancelled with Typhoon Hagibis wreaking havoc in Yokohama.

Match stats

    • Bundee Aki is the first player to be sent off for Ireland in a World Cup match, and the fourth to be sent off in any game for Ireland (Willie Duggan, Jamie Heaslip, CJ Stander).

  • Samoa have now lost each of their last 11 games against Tier 1 opposition at the Rugby World Cup, their last such victory coming back in 1999 against Wales.
  • There have now been seven red cards shown at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the previous highest at the tournament was four in both 1995 and 1999.
  • This was the fifth time 14 men have beaten 15 in a Rugby World Cup match (excluding sin-binnings). Only Canada’s 72-11 win against Namibia in 1999 has seen a bigger margin of victory (42 points) for the outnumbered side.
  • This was just the fourth time Ireland have scored 4+ first-half tries in a Rugby World Cup match, five v Namibia 2003, five v Russia 2011, four v Canada in 2015.

Ireland: Larmour; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, James Ryan; Beirne, Van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter, Kleyn, O’Mahony, McGrath, Carbery, Conway.

Samoa: Nanai-Williams; Tuala, Leiua, Taefu, Fidow; Seuteni, Polataivao; Mulipola, S Lam Alaalatoa, Paulo, Le’aupepe; Vui, Ioane, J Lam.

Replacements: Niuia, Alo-Emile, Lay, Fa’asalele, Tyrell, Cowley,


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