Rugby Rugby World Cup: Ireland set to avoid All Blacks in last eight after beating Scotland

Rugby Rugby World Cup: Ireland set to avoid All Blacks in last eight after beating Scotland

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Rugby Tadhg Furlong scored Ireland's third try in their World Cup opener against Scotland.

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Tadhg Furlong scored Ireland’s third try in their World Cup opener against Scotland.

Ireland bullied Scotland again to the tune of 27-3 in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday and look set to avoid defending champions New Zealand in the quarterfinals.

Ranked No 1 until Monday, Ireland played like a serious World Cup title contender by dominating every category against their regular doormat, Scotland. In the last 20 Six Nations head-to-heads, Ireland have beaten Scotland 16 times.

The Irish pack ran the show in the first half with tries in the first 24 minutes to tight five forwards James Ryan, Tadhg Furlong and 37-year-old captain and hooker Rory Best.

Rugby Ireland lock Iain Henderson on the charge and met by Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg.

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Ireland lock Iain Henderson on the charge and met by Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg.

Rain arrived as forecast just before the interval, and Ireland added the bonus-point fourth try to wing Andrew Conway inside an hour.

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On this performance, Ireland should win Pool A. The Irish have games to go against hosts Japan, Russia

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