Ireland booked their place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals against either the All Blacks or the Springboks with a 47 – 5 victory over Samoa despite being one man short for more than half of the match.
Ireland’s opponents in the semi-final stage will be determined by the outcome of the final Pool A fixture between Japan and Scotland on Sunday. Super typhoon Hagibis, that is currently lashing Japan, can still cause the final Pool A match to be cancelled.
If the game does not go ahead, both Scotland and Japan will be awarded two points meaning the host nation will finish at the top of Pool A with second-placed Ireland facing reigning world champions New Zealand in Tokyo next Saturday.
If the Sunday’s game goes ahead, a Scotland win without Japan claiming two losing bonus-points would see Ireland finish at the top of the pool, which means they will face South Africa in the last eight.
During the match in Fukuoka Bundee Aki was red carded in the 29th-minute but by that stage tries from Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton had put the Irish in firm control of the match.
Jack Lam replied for Samoa but Sexton crossed again to secure the bonus-point for the Irish before the half-time gong sounded.
Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway put their names on the score sheet as Ireland navigated the second half unscathed.