Ireland booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a seven-try win over Samoa in Fukuoka.
Ireland had to play over half the match with 14 men after Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute dismissal, though tries by Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton had already put them in control.
Jack Lam replied but another Sexton try secured a bonus point before half-time.
Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway also crossed as Ireland navigated the second half unscathed.
Ireland’s opponents in the last eight will be determined by the outcome of the final Pool A fixture between Japan and Scotland on Sunday, which could still be cancelled with Typhoon Hagibis wreaking havoc in Yokohama.
If the game does not go ahead, both sides would be awarded two points meaning Japan finish top of Pool A with second-placed Ireland tasked with meeting two-time reigning world champions New Zealand in Tokyo next Saturday.
If Sunday’s game goes ahead, a Scotland win without Japan claiming two losing bonus-points would see Ireland finish top, therefore facing South Africa in the last eight.
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Source – BBC