With a masterful show of clinical brilliance, hapless Ireland destroyed Scotland to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals and knock their opponents out of the competition. The world’s top team needs one more victory to win Pool B. And advance to the semifinals against New Zealand on Saturday. James Lowe scored the game’s first try for Ireland after just two minutes, giving Ireland the perfect start in Paris. The Scots were further hampered by the injuries to captain Jamie Ritchie and Blair Kinghorn. The game was all but over by halftime thanks to two further tries from Hugo Keenan and one each from Iain Henderson and Iain Henderson.
17th straight victory for Ireland
Ireland has now won 17 games in a row, and this streak seems unstoppable. All Blacks, Springboks, French, English, and now the Scots, who were ruthlessly tramped underfoot, have all been driven away. Despite all of Scotland’s bluster, this was a brutal rout. The Irish dismantled and humiliated a team that came here hoping to win by eight points. A feat that became all but impossible after just one minute. The Irish were brutal. They determined the Scots’ weak points and mercilessly attacked them.
They exposed the underdogs along the 13 channel, pursued them in the air and out of touch, and they were aware that Scotland’s morale may crumble if they fell behind.
After the interval, things did not get any better for the Scots as backup back Ollie Smith was thrown to the sin bin for a trip on Sexton that started a large melee. With their fifth try, Sheehan crossed in the left corner for Ireland, who quickly increased their lead to 31-0. Sexton missed the conversion in the game’s final play. Before being replaced by the 38-year-old talisman to rest up for upcoming battles as Ireland looks to break its World Cup quarterfinal curse.
As coach Andy Farrell removed his bench, winger Peter O’Mahony, who had played a significant role in his 100th test, was also taken out to another rousing cheer.
Sexton’s successor In the 58th minute, Jack Crowley made his presence known. When his expertly timed cross kick found Ringrose alone on the left wing. Providing the centre with appropriate compensation for a job well done. The stadium reverberated with the sounds of “The Fields of Athenry”. Just as they had during Ireland’s dramatic test victory over South Africa two weeks prior. But just after the hour mark, the Scottish voices in the audience had their moment to be heard.
They were really precise and clinical, according to Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. I thought they made a tremendous effort defensively when we applied some pressure in the first 20 minutes. They make an excellent team. “You have to take advantage of your opportunities when you face good teams, and we didn’t do that in the first quarter.
“I’m proud with the second-half effort. Since the game had gotten away from us, we concentrated on regaining respect. We’ll deduct a little bit from that achievement for scoring twice against such a superior team. Jamie Ritchie, the captain of Scotland, remarked, “I’m really proud of how we’ve stuck together.” From the first game, we faced some challenges that we are proud of.
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