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Today’s match between Ireland and Samoa is set to go ahead, but all four of Sunday’s matches will be reviewed on Sunday morning.
One of those sees Scotland rugby team face Japan and, should that one be called off, Scotland would (in all likelihood) be eliminated from the tournament…
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29 mins: It’s a long breather for Bundee Aki. That’s his evening over. It didn’t look good in real time, it looked worse on replay. Seunteni, who took the contact, is up and looks OK.
29 mins: Bundee Aki leads with the shoulder. He could be taking a breather here…
Blink and you’ll miss it. Samoa respond just as Ireland were looking to put his game beyond them. Stander is the last line of defence but Lam’s momentum takes him through the No8 and over the line.
26 mins: TRY! Ireland 21-5 Samoa
Ireland have had 86 per cent territory.
Only Sexton would cross the whitewash and then dither with ball in hand as he looks to make the conversion a little easier for himself. After a brief pause, he gives up in his quest for the posts and pops it down. His kick is good anyway: 21-zip.
21 mins: TRY! Ireland 21-0 Samoa
They’re not hanging around here.
The pitch is chewing up under the weight of the scrum in Fukuoka.
14 mins: Leiua looks to have intercepted it in the middle as he bolts for the whitewash but we’re coming back for a knock-on.
It’s Furlong this time who dances through Samoan shirts from 10 metres out. Impressive start from the Irish, who can only be certain of a spot in the last eight with a four-try victory.
10 mins: TRY! Ireland 14-0 Samoa
Half way to the bonus point already.
6 mins: Seilala Lam (Samoa)
6 mins: The TMO is involved again here. Seilala Lam goes in full force on Stockdale and his shoulder gives the Irishman a healthy smack on the chin. That’s not pretty.
Ireland catch the line out and drive for the line. Rory Best pins the ball down and Sexton kicks the extras, but not before a delay as the TMO weighs in to check CJ Stander’s role. It’s OK and the on-field decision stands.
4 mins: TRY! Ireland 7-0 Samoa
3 mins: Mulipola is pinged for coming in at the side and Ireland win the first penalty. They kick for the corner…
1 mins: We’re under way in Fukuoka
Samoa perform the Siva Tau. Now we’re ready.
Ireland vs Samoa
Anyway, we’ve got some rugby to focus on for the time being.
Ireland need a bonus-point win to advance, anthems done, kick-off beckons…
Here’s how Pool A would finish if Japan vs Scotland is called off
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|Sept 20||Japan 30-10 Russia||Pool A, Tokyo||Report|
|Sept 21||Australia 39-21 Fiji||Pool D, Sapporo||Report|
|Sept 21||France 23-21 Argentina||Pool C, Tokyo||Report|
|Sept 21||New Zealand 23-13 South Africa||Pool B, Yokohama||Report|
|Sept 22||Italy 47-22 Namibia||Pool B, Osaka||Report|
|Sept 22||Ireland 27-3 Scotland||Pool A, Yokohama||Report|
|Sept 22||England 35-3 Tonga||Pool C, Sapporo||Report|
|Sept 23||Wales 43-14 Georgia||Pool D, Toyota City||Report|
|Sept 24||Russia 9-34 Samoa||Pool A, Kumagaya||Report|
|Sept 25||Fiji 27-30 Uruguay||Pool D, Kamaishi||Report|
|Sept 26||Italy 48-7 Canada||Pool B, Fukuoka||Report|
|Sept 26||England 45-7 USA||Pool C, Kobe||Report|
|Sept 28||Argentina 28-12 Tonga||Pool C, Higashiosaka||Report|
|Sept 28||Japan 19-2 Ireland||Pool A, Shizuoka||Report|
|Sept 28||South Africa 53-7 Namibia||Pool B, Toyota City||Report|
|Sept 29||Georgia 33-7 Uruguay||Pool D, Kumagaya||Report|
|Sept 29||Australia 25-29 Wales||Pool D, Tokyo||Report|
|Sept 30||Scotland 34-0 Samoa||Pool A, Kobe||Report|
|Oct 2||France 33-9 USA||Pool C, Fukuoka||Report|
|Oct 2||New Zealand 63-0 Canada||Pool B, Oita||Report|
|Oct 3||Georgia 10-45 Fiji||Pool D, Higashiosaka||Report|
|Oct 3||Ireland 35-0 Russia||Pool A, Kobe||Report|
|Oct 4||South Africa 49-3 Italy||Pool B, Shizuoka||Report|
|Oct 5||Australia 45-10 Uruguay||Pool D, Oita||Report|
|Oct 5||England 39-10 Argentina||Pool C, Tokyo||Report|
|Oct 5||Japan 38-19 Samoa||Pool A, Toyota City||Report|
|Oct 6||New Zealand 71-9 Namibia||Pool B, Tokyo||Report|
|Oct 6||France 23-21 Tonga||Pool C, Kumamoto||Report|
|Oct 8||South Africa 66-7 Canada||Pool B, Kobe||Report|
|Oct 9||Argentina 47-17 USA||Pool C, Kumagaya||Report|
|Oct 9||Scotland 61-0 Russia||Pool A, Shizuoka||Report|
|Oct 9||Wales 29-17 Fiji||Pool D, Oita||Report|
|Oct 11||Australia 27-8 Georgia||Pool D, Shizuoka||Report|
|OFF||New Zealand vs Italy||OFF||OFF|
|OFF||England vs France||OFF||OFF|
|Oct 12||Ireland vs Samoa||Pool A, Fukuoka||11.45am|
|Oct 13||Namibia vs Canada||Pool B, Kamaishi||4.15am|
|Oct 13||USA vs Tonga||Pool C, Higashiosaka||6.45am|
|Oct 13||Wales vs Uruguay||Pool D, Kumamoto||9.15am|
|Oct 13||Japan vs Scotland||Pool A, Yokohama||11.45am|
|Oct 19||Winner C v Runner Up D||QF 1, Oita||8.15am|
|Oct 19||Winner B v Runner Up A||QF 2, Tokyo||11.15am|
|Oct 20||Winner D v Runner Up C||QF 3, Oita||8.15am|
|Oct 20||Winner A v Runner Up B||QF 4, Tokyo||11.15am|
|Oct 26||Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2||SF 1, Yokohama||9am|
|Oct 27||Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4||SF 2, Yokohama||9am|
|Nov 1||Loser SF 1 v Loser SF 2||Third place play-off, Tokyo||9am|
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