Rugby Ireland crushes Scotland in early show of force

Rugby Ireland crushes Scotland in early show of force

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YOKOHAMA –World No. 1-ranked Ireland announced itself in dominant style at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a bruising 27-3 win over Scotland on Sunday.

Ireland, which has never gone past the quarterfinals of the tournament but is considered a serious contender to lift the trophy this year in Japan, bulldozed through the Scots with three first-half tries at Yokohama International Stadium, all scored by forwards.

A second-half downpour did little to silence the sea of green-clad Irish fans among the crowd of 63,731, and Andrew Conway gave them more to sing about when he scored in the 56th minute to secure a bonus point for his team.

Ireland has beaten New Zealand twice in the last three years and won the Six Nations three times since 2014, and head coach Joe Schmidt was pleased with the way his team got its quest to land rugby’s ultimate prize under way.

“I was delighted with all 23 (players),” said Schmidt, whose team plays Japan in its next game in Shizuoka on Sept. 28. “I think one of the things that sometimes happens is you build a lead and then you lose a little bit of cohesion when guys start filtering in and out. I didn’t really detect that that happened. The conditions made it really difficult for us to construct things but we scored a try in the second half when those replacements were on.

“That was really pleasing, but also that front foot that we got off to. It takes a little bit of pressure off in the game. It means they have to chase it

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