IRELAND are hunting for victory more than Samoa to place themselves in position to earn leading spot in Pool A of the Rugby Planet Cup.
Joe Schmidt’s side got back to winning methods with an emphatic win more than Russia, but are facing second spot following their shock defeat to hosts Japan.
Samoa’s tournament began properly with victory more than the Russians, but back-to-back defeats have left them languishing in fourth position.
- Ireland 33-five Samoa – from Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
- Most effective, Furlong, Sexton (two) and Larmour score tries for Ireland – but Bundee Aki sent off for foul play
- Jack Lam gets Samoa’s attempt, when Seilala Lam currently sin binned
- Win would safe Ireland’s spot in quarter-finals
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Ireland XV: Healy, Most effective, Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, Beirne, Van der Flier, Stander, Murray, Sexton, Stockdale, Aki, Henshaw, Earls, Larmour
Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter, Kleyn, O’Mahony, McGrath, Carbery, Conway
Samoa XV: Mulipola, S. Lam, Alaalatoa, Paulo, Le’Aupepe, Vui, Ioane, J. Lam, Polataivao, Seuteni, Fidow, Taefu, Leiua, Tuala, Nanai-Williams
Replacements: Niuia, Alo-Emile, Jordan Lay, Faasalele, Tyrell, Cowley, Pisi, Fonotia