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Rugby World Cup – Red card sour perfect Irish performance


Ireland put seven tries pass Samoa but it was a bit sour with a red card in the first half.

Ireland eventually beat Samoa 47-5.

Ireland had the better start quickly moved into Samoa half of the field and from a penalty setup a lineout close to the line.

From the lineout Rory Best was at the end of a great lineout drive from the Irish as they scored the first try of the match. This gave them a 7-0 lead early on.

Then we saw the total ridiculous yellow card to Seilala Lam of Samoa making a tackle on a player that went so low. With only 14 players Samoa had to defend against a ramped Irish side.

It was Tadhg Furlong who showed his power as he got over for Ireland second try of the match and a 14-0 lead.

It took the better part of 21 minutes for Ireland to get their third try with some brilliant skills from the Irish as Samoa just did not had an answer.

With Johnny Sexton try and converting his own try they went into a 21-0 lead.

Samoa did not stand back for Ireland and worked their way inside Ireland twenty two. With some power play from the Samoa pack it was Jack Lam that went over for their first points of the game.

The game was again spoiled by the ridiculous law by World Rugby when Bundee Aki of Ireland was send off with a red card for a player dipping and hit him in the head with shoulder. At most this should have been a yellow card but the law state it must be red, spoiling another game.

Ireland got stuck in the game again and worked their way back into Samoa half of the field and after keeping ball in hand the ball went to Sexton as he dive over for their bonus point try.

Ireland started the second half as they did the first with full control of the game again dominating all aspects and pinning Samoa in their own twenty two.

It had to come and Ireland got their fifth try when Murray gave a bullet pass to Jordan Larmour. This was from sustain pressure form the Irish on the Samoans line.

Ireland just kept on putting pressure on Samoa and after plenty of penalties Samoa got another in the sin bin. That made it 14 against 14.

Ireland did not let up running in two more tries through CJ Stander and Andrew Conway making it 7 tries by the 72 minute of the match.

That is how it ended with Ireland securing their spot in the playoffs.


Ireland: Tries – Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Johnny Sexton(2), Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander, Andrew Conway Conversions – Johnny Sexton(4), Joey Carbery(2)

Samoa: Tries – Jack Lam

What was said after the match…


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  1. So looks like Boks v Ireland q/f to me.
    Helluva match.
    Unless Japan beat Scotland which seems unlikely.
    If japan called off, Ireland still top on points.

  2. If match is called off we play Japan, they will be on 16 as well but have beaten Ireland in pool stages so they top the pool then. Only way we play Ireland is if Japan v Scotland game is played and Scotland beat Japan and prevent them from a bonus point

  3. Be me

    Ex rugby fan

    Go to steak house with wife and kids on Saturday.

    Haven’t watched a single game of rugby world cup. Only knew it was on because on Fridays kids wear my wife and my old Springbok supporter shirts and jerseys to school.

    See tv

    Ireland v Samoa on 76 mins

    Ireland miles ahead

    Samoan takes ball into contact. Ireland 6 over the ball. Samoan joins and it is a ruck. Ref allows turnover. Calls “Turnover good play on.”

    20 seconds later.

    Ireland in possession. Irish ball carrier takes ball into contact. Samoan 12 over the ball. Hands on ball. Irishman joins. Ruck formed. Ref calls: “Hands away blue!”

    Turn to my kids and ask how their shopping is going…

    Remember why I stopped watching

    Fuck referees.

    They’ve ruined the game.

    They’re literally deciding who wins and who loses on a whim.

  4. @DavidS: unfortunately that is true – and today’s ref was one of the better ones! The blatant preferential treatment that NZ and England get is just staggering, and seems you are not allowed to tackle any of the Tier 1 nations anymore (apart from SA, who you can even tackle without the ball!}.

  5. Oh right Jacques – thought it was points difference

    Dawie – wtf is wrong with you?! RWC is sacred time – chase them all out the tv room.

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