Ireland calm for Samoa clash amid Rugby World Cup typhoon turmoil

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Joe Schmidt's men moved top of Pool A and booked a quarter-final against either New Zealand or South Africa, thanks to two tries from Sexton and scores for Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway.

Aki, who has played 23 tests since his debut in 2017 and has started three of Ireland's four pool games, was sent off for a shoulder to the head of Samoa first five-eighth Ulupano Seuteni 29 minutes into Ireland's 47-5 victory.

"I'll just add on to that, hopefully it doesn't get ruined by him missing a couple of weeks out of the game so hopefully we get to see him in the finals". Furlong broke four tackles, even going through one with an nearly ballet-like pirouette that is most irregular for a player of his imposing size.

"We live in hope and we'll see what the judiciary decide, but once it's a red card you sense a loss of control over what happens next no matter what you try to present".

Ireland comfortably beat Samoa this weekend, securing a bonus point which guarantees them a spot in the World Cup quarter finals.

"But we also have to look in our own backyard and at our development and ensure we capture them to play for us".

Samoa's Ed Fidow consoles Bundee Aki following his sending off.

"He knows a lot of the Samoan players really well, I know they've got a lot of respect for him and for us it's a really disappointing finish to the night".

"I think Bundee is upright. It was fun, we needed something like that, and today we've been at the gym setting ourselves up for the week ahead so I think we're in pretty good shape".

"We know there's a really hard line".

Samoa skipper Jack Lam offered his support to Aki who spent the post-game period mingling with his friends in the Islanders' squad.

"From the moment we set foot here in Japan, in the hosting cities, in Iwaki, right up to Kumagaya, everyone's been awesome, right down to here in Fukuoka", Lam said.

Although down to 14 men early in the match, Ireland responded well and ended up running in seven tries as Samoa crumbled with indiscipline and shoddy defence.

"There is not enough of a mitigating factor there to bring that down to anything but a red". "People don't go out there to make head contact", Jackson said.

The game then threatened to turn Samoa's way when Aki was sent off by referee Nic Berry.

Murray whisked the ball wide to his halfback partner and Sexton easily split two defenders to claim the bonus point try near the left corner a minute before the break.

"As Jack said, hopefully the powers that be see some sense and hopefully he gets to continue on in this tournament because he's a great kid and he deserves it as much as most". "We gave away too many penalties". "They are asking players to make a decision in a spilt second about what kind of tackle they have to make, which is very hard".



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