The Latest: Ireland crush Samoa 47-5 to reach quarterfinals
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 23 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Ireland crushed Samoa 47-5 in their final Pool A game to reach the quarterfinals with a bonus-point victory.
Ireland scored four of its seven tries with a player less, after center Bundee Aki became the first Irish player sent off at a World Cup.
He got marched in the 29th minute with the scored 21-5, but if anything Ireland played better afterward.
Flyhalf Johnny Sexton notched 18 points — including two tries — as Ireland easily made sure of reaching the last eight on a chilly night, and moved to the top of Pool A ahead of host Japan’s game against Scotland on Sunday.
Because of a super typhoon hitting Japan, World Rugby will assess whether that match goes ahead. If not, Japan joins Ireland in the quarters.
Aki, who is of Samoan descent, got red-carded for a dangerous high tackle on Ulupano Seuteni, leading with his shoulder in the flyhalf’s face.
By then, Ireland had already scored three tries — one each from hooker Rory Best, prop Tadhg Furlong and Sexton.
Back-rower Jack Lam — Samoa’s captain — pulled one back a few minutes before Aki got his red.
Despite being a man down, Ireland scored 26 unanswered points.