RWC 2019 Match Report: Ireland 27 Scotland 3
September 22, 2019 1:06 pm Conor Sharkey
Ireland got off to the best possible start at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point win over Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.
All 10 Leinster Rugby players named in the 23-man squad made an appearance, with World Cup debuts for Jack Conan, Jordan Larmour, Luke McGrath, Andrew Porter, Garry Ringrose, James Ryan and Josh van der Flier.
First-half tries came from Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong, with Scotland’s only reply a 20th-minute Greig Laidlaw penalty.
Heavy rain made things more difficult for both sides in the second half with the only try coming from Andrew Conway.
It didn’t take long for Ryan to make an impact on his World Cup debut; only five minutes had elapsed when the 23-year-old lock burrowed over for the game’s opening try.
Johnny Sexton added the conversion and captain Rory Best added another try with a twisting finish six minutes later.
Scotland responded with that Laidlaw penalty but their resistance was broken shortly after when Furlong scored his first World Cup try on his second competition appearance.
Jordan Larmour pounced on a loose ball to allow Conor Murray’s sharp pass to send Conway over for Ireland’s bonus-point try, with Jack Carty adding a penalty to apply the finishing touch to a decisive win.
At Nissan Stadium, Yokohama – Ireland 27 (J Ryan, R Best, T Furlong, A Conway try each; J Sexton, C Murray con each; J Carty pen) Scotland 3 (G Laidlaw pen)
Ireland: 15. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster); 14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster), 13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), 12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), 11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster); 10. Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), 9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); 1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), 2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (C), 3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster); 4. Iain Henderson (Queen’s University/Ulster), 5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster); 6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), 7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), 8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster)
Replacements: 16. Niall Scannell for Van Der Flier (72 mins), 17. Dave Kilcoyne for Furlong (49 mins), 18. Andrew Porter for Healy (49 mins), 19. Tadhg Beirne for Henderson (57 mins), 20. Jack Conan for Van Der Flier (13-21 mins) and for O’Mahony (26 mins), 21. Luke McGrath for Murray (58 mins), 22. Jack Carty for Sexton (57 mins), 23. Chris Farrell for Aki (20 mins)
Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs); 14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), 13. Duncan Taylor (Saracens), 12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), 11. Sean Maitland (Saracens); 10. Finn Russell (Racing 92), 9. Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne); 1. Allan Dell (London Irish), 2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) (C), 3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby), 4. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), 5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), 6. John Barclay (Edinburgh Rugby), 7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), 8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) for Watson (37 mins), Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls) for Dell (61 mins), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) for Nel (52 mins), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) for Gray (64 mins), Blade Thomson (Scarlets) for Barclay (52 mins), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) for Laidlaw (61 mins), Chris Harris (Gloucester) for Taylor (64 mins), Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) for Seymour (58 mins).
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzere and Alexandre Ruiz (both France)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)