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Russia bends the knee to Ireland

Russia bends the knee to Ireland

Staff Reporter

A 35 – 0 victory against the Russian Bears augmented Ireland’s campaign for a quarterfinal spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Tournament in Japan.
Rob Kearney, Peter O’Mahony and Rhys Ruddock scored first half tries for the men from Ireland before Andrew Conway secured the bonus-point in the 62 minutes into the match.
Garry Ringrose’s try late in the game gave the Irish team a strong foundation for their next match against Samoa. Another five-point win over Samoa will guarantee the men from the Emerald Isle a place in the last eight.
Five days after their already famous defeat against Japan, Ireland had to secure all five points up for grabs at the end of the match.
Earlier on Fiji claimed their first win of the 2019 Rugby World Cup when they ran in six tries in the second half to secure their 45 – 10 bonus point victory over Georgia.
The Pacific Islanders took the lead through Waisea Nayacalevu but Soso Matiashvili’s penalty reduced the deficit to four points at half-time.
However several second-half tries from Frank Lomani, Josua Tuisova, Semi Kunatani, Api Ratuniyarawa and two from Semi Radradra gave Fiji a bonus-point win.
Mamuka Gorgodze got a consolation for Georgia as Fiji moved to the second spot in Pool D.
Fiji were humbled by Uruguay in their last outing following the loss to Australia but their backs, who scored five of their seven tries, ruthlessly took the Georgian defence apart after the half time interval.
Their second biggest win at a World Cup means Fiji are likely to finish at least third in the pool – and with that gain automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
The Islanders will face Wales in their final pool game on Wednesday, 9 October while Georgia will conclude their campaign against Australia on Friday, 11 October.

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