17 Oct Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland v Samoa Tips & Preview
The game in pool a visits Ireland face Samoa in Fukuoka City — together using Joe Schmidts unwanted looking to reserve their place at the quarter-finals.
The Irish were amazed by Japan a few weeks before, before producing a campaign against Russia — finally running 35-0 victors out. Schmidt is going to be thankful that this fixture hasnt fallen foul of Typhoon Hagibis and his sides destiny is still very much in their own hands.
A bonus point win will fasten Ireland a location in the last eight no matter the result of Japan v Scotland on Sunday (which may be abandoned) and the selectors have named a powerful side who look more than capable of securing the four attempts.
Robbie Henshaw returns to make his first appearance of the championship after a hamstring injury side-lined him. He associates Bundee Aki in midfield in the half-backs with Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray.
Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlongs first choice front-row also return along with James Ryan and Iain Henderson from the motor room.
Samoa have failed to fire in this World Cup, they produced their very best display of the tournament against Japan last weekend but were beaten by the hosts. And although its always dangerous to write off the Samoans their final 15 games have produced from Russia, Spain and Tonga.
Among the things lovers love about Samoan soccer is the physicality with which they play the game, but there is no doubt they have crossed the line to some occasions in Japan – they have already received one red card in the World Cup and likely should have had others.
In a game where they could become frustrated down with a lot of phase play with a is well worth a try and priced at 6/1.
Together with Murray and Sexton back to pull on the strings its hard to imagine anything apart from a Ireland victory — as they did from Scotland on the opening 36, particularly if they create a performance.
Keeping that I am going by 31-40 points for an Ireland triumph , they know they require the bonus point to guarantee their spot and this Samoa team do not seem like the sides weve seen in years past.