Ireland did what was required and secured a bonus point win over Russia in their Pool A match on Thursday.

They kept the Russians scoreless as they ran in five converted tries to beat them 35-0.

It was still not perfect from the Irish but they got the five log points what was needed to stay in the race for a quarter final spot.

Ireland put huge pressure on Russia from the start and showed their plan to run the ball and score tries.

It was a great break by Rob Kearney who showed his skill and pace to score Ireland first try of the match within 2 minutes from kickoff.

Russia came back with some great play from their backs to force Ireland back in their twenty two.

Ireland second try came from a perfect chip by Sexton that found Peter O”Mahony to score under the sticks to make the lead 14-0 after 14 minutes.

Ireland defence also looked good in that first quarter of the game knocking the Russians back every time they did get their hands on the ball.

The constant pressure from Ireland on the Russians line had to tell as Rhys Ruddock powered over the Russians defence to score Ireland third try of the test.

Ireland was again playing all the rugby inside Russia half of the field at the start of the second half and only some desperate defence from Russia prevented them form getting that forth try.

Ireland struggled to get pass Russia as they threw their bodies around the park in defence.

They did manage a fifth try before the end of the match to secure a good win against Russia


Ireland: Tries – Rob Kearney, Peter O”Mahony, Rhys Ruddock, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose Conversions – Jack Carty(2) Johnny Sexton(3)


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