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Live Reporting

By Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. What will tomorrow bring?

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    So Ireland have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a comfortable bonus-point win over Samoa in their final Pool A game.

    The Irish racked up seven tries in clinical fashion, although they lost Bundee Aki to a straight red card in the first half.

    All attention now turns to Yokohama as Scotland and hosts Japan battle it out for the second qualification spot from Pool A.

    The game in under threat as Typhoon Hagibis moves over land, and World Rugby will make an inspection of the stadium at 22:00 BST on Saturday.

    We will have live text coverage if the match goes ahead, and you can stay up to date with all of the World Cup news here.

    Until then...

    Ireland and Samoa bow
  2. 'Ireland have to show real ambition'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Ireland have to show real ambition and not revert to the basic game plans that we've seen.

    Ireland can play on a different level and we've seen that on many occasions, most recently against the All Blacks in Dublin before Christmas last year. We've seen when they play with more ambition, they don't go into those areas close to the ruck but they move the ball a little bit wider, drop off more passes, link between the forwards and backs and challenge oppositions where they don't want to be challenged.

    Unless they do that, I don't think they've got any chance of beating those two teams. If they do that and perform well, they've got half a chance.

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    Kyle: If Ireland play this well against South Africa or New Zealand next weekend, they will give them a really tough good game. They know they are capable of beating the best. Hopefully they are peaking at the right time

  4. 'Disappointed not to finish with 15'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: "We are happy with the result and the performance but we are disappointed we didn't mange to finish the game with 15 players. We will look at that and come up with some reasoning for it.

    "I rate Nic Berry and I think he is a very good referee so it is hard to argue at the moment, but it is devastating for Bundee [Aki]. He knows the Samoan players really well and it's a disappointing way to finish on the night."

    On the crowd: "We had a home game tonight and we had a fantastic crowd. As long as they can make their way to Tokyo, we know we will have great support. We will take it one step at a time and then find out who we are playing tomorrow."

  5. 'We haven't seen Ireland evolve'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I don't think, aside from allowing a run-out from some of our players and gaining a bit of confidence, the Samoan result has a big effect on a quarter-final. We haven't seen Ireland evolve their game plan significantly, we didn't see any interaction between forwards and backs. We didn't see them getting the ball out wide for their backs which is something that's effective particularly against New Zealand but also against South Africa.

    They didn't deliver anything that made me think they're in a position to take on either of them.

  6. Post update

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Ireland were reduced to 14 men when Bundee Aki was sent off in the 29th minute.

    But Samoa failed to capitalise as they did not score a single point while Ireland were down a player.


    Tim Nanai-Williams
  7. 'We have overcome red cards before'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Ireland captain Rory Best said: "After the Japan game, we knew 10 points would get us through and we have got that. The boys rolled up their sleeves and we knew how good Samoa are, but we stood up. It maybe wasn't that pretty but we were very effective.

    "We have overcome red cards before. It is never ideal but it shows a lot of character in the squad. There was no panic and we continued to attack them. We have some very smart players and it's a nice squad that has been building over the last two games."

  8. 'Are Ireland contenders? Not quite'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I think they are contenders to get to a semi-final and then who knows. Are they contenders to win it? Not quite on their performances in the pool stages but what I will say is that they have got better as the pool stages have gone on - but they are nowhere near where they were 18 months ago when they were beating New Zealand and South Africa. However, they are going in the right direction.

  9. 'Happy enough camp'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Ireland got out of their defensive zone very effectively.

    Johnny Sexton was very good, Jordan Larmour too and Tadhg Beirne as well. A lot of the players you would want to perform well did so and going into a quarter-final, probably a happy enough camp.

    Johnny Sexton
  10. 'Not bad'

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It's not a bad Ireland performance. The fact that Bundee Aki was sent off was an issue and meant they couldn't develop the type of game they wanted.

    They were a little tighter around ruck time, a lot of pick and go - something that you wouldn't necessarily see as an effective way to go against this Samoan side.

  11. Post update

    FT: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Job. Done.

    Ireland celebrate
  12. BreakingFull-time - Ireland qualify for quarter-finals

    Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Luke McGrath dinks the ball into touch and Ireland are into the World Cup quarter-finals!

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    Kyle: Ireland have been great tonight and deserve all the plaudits. They have been superb in a game they had to win and to get the bonus point so early was tremendous. The ref has been superb too, and throughout the tournament, a real contender for the final

    Andrew: That noise is the collective sigh of relief all the way from Ireland.

  14. Post update

    Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Ireland are rolling through the phases now as they look to score try number eight. They are turned over and Samoa are off.

    Every step is cheered by the crowd but Ah See Tuala's flick pass doesn't come off.

    It goes forward and it's more disappointment for Samoa as Ireland regain the ball.

    Time is nearly up.

    Jordan Larmour
  15. 'Samoa caught Ireland on the hop'

    Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live

    They've had very little time in the Irish 22 - aside from that very short period in the first half this may be only the second time they've been in here. It was a really nice bit of play from Samoa as well. Caught Ireland on the hop a little bit.

    It's tough and it's a weary-looking Samoan team at this moment. It's been a tricky game for them, certainly, Ireland have been dominant and super-professional in everything they've done.

  16. Post update

    Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Samoa breach the Irish defence from the line-out but Piula Faasalele loses the ball on the ground before placing it over the try line.

    It's unlucky for Samoa and Ireland are awarded the penalty.

  17. Post update

    Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    The Samoan pack win the scrum in the middle of the field and the front-row let out a cheer in response to the referee's decision.

    Ulupano Seuteni pumps the ball deep into touch and Samoa are looking to end their World cup campaign with a late flourish.

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    Andrew: Job done.

  19. 'Carbery exudes quality'

    Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Shane Horgan

    Former Ireland wing on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It's just a shame we haven't got the opportunity to see more of Joey Carbery at this World Cup, he really is a class act. Just drops the ball on to his right foot, a perfect kick and it sits up just before the dead ball line. Conway knew it was coming.

    Really classy play by Carbery, almost every touch he has exudes quality.

  20. Converted Try - Ireland 47-5 Samoa

    Andrew Conway (con Joey Carbery)

    Joey Carbery shows his footballing skills by prodding the ball through for Andrew Conway to ground the ball over the Samoan try line.

    Carbery steps up to knock the conversion over and Ireland are just three points from racking up a half century.

    Andrew Conway