Ireland v Romania LIVE: Result and reaction from Rugby World Cup as Ireland run riot

Ireland thrashed Romania 82-8 to get their Rugby World Cup campaign started in style in Bordeaux, running in 12 tries despite the sweltering heat as the returning Johnny Sexton pulled the strings and centre Bundee Aki ran riot.

Romania briefly led against the No 1-ranked team in the world, after running back a clearance kick and sending scrum half Gabriel Rupanu clean through to score in the second minute.

That however was as good as it got for Romania, as Ireland took a stranglehold on the game and racked up tries for Jamison Gibson-Park, Hugo Keenan, Tadhg Beirne (2), Bundee Aki (2), Johnny Sexton (2), Rob Herring, Peter O’Mahony (2), and Joe McCarthy.

By the time Sexton walked off to a standing ovation midway through the second half the game was long over as a contest, and the eventual margin of victory exceeded the 60-0 previous record from when the sides played in 1986.

Rugby World Cup 2023: Ireland vs Romania

  • TRY! IRELAND 75-8 Romania (Bundee Aki try, 75 minutes)

  • TRY! IRELAND 68-8 Romania (Peter O’Mahony try, 71 minutes)

  • TRY! IRELAND 61-8 Romania (Joe McCarthy try, 68 minutes)

  • TRY! IRELAND 54-8 Romania (Johnny Sexton try, 63 minutes)

  • TRY! IRELAND 47-8 Romania (Peter O’Mahony try, 50 minutes)

  • TRY! IRELAND 40-8 Romania (Rob Herring try, 46 minutes)

  • HALF TIME: Ireland 33-8 Romania


Australia evolving like an F1 car says Eddie Jones

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The Australian head coach compared his side’s development to that of a Formula 1 car after previously describing the team as a Datsun 180B in July.

“We are ready to go, mate. We’re like an F1 car now, a fast one at the start of the grid,” he said, “There’s been a really good progression.

“We went through a period where we had to almost de-structure the team to get ourselves in the position where we think we can win the World Cup.

“This is the first step against Georgia, a very important game.”

Australia vs Georgia

16:40 , Mike Jones

This will be only the second ever meeting between these two sides, who met at the Rugby World Cup 2019 in the pool stages, with the Wallabies coming out on top 27-8. They went on to lose their subsequent quarter-final against England.

Georgia have never progressed beyond the pool stages since their World Cup debut in 2003 but if they can secure a win today, they will have one eye on the knockouts.

Wales, Fiji and Portugal are the other two nations in Pool C, with the two top-ranked sides in the pool progressing to the quarter-finals.

Australia vs Georgia

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What a performance from Ireland!

Andy Farrell’s side look ruthless and determined to go a long way in this World Cup and have gotten off to the perfect start.

Next up is a clash between Australia and Georgia in Pool C. The Aussies will be hoping to emulate Ireland’s victory and get themselves off to a winning start.

Here are the two starting line-ups:

Ireland XV: Ben Donaldson, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Carter Gordon, Tate McDermott; Angus Bell, David Porecki, Taniela Tupou, Richard Arnold, Will Skelton, Tom Hooper, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini.

Replacements: Matt Faessler, Blake Schoupp, Zane Nonggorr, Robert Leota, Langi Gleeson, Nic White, Lalakai Foketi, Suli Vunivalu.

Georgia XV: Davit Niniashvili; Akaki Tabutsadze, Demur Tapladze, Merab Sharikadze, Miriani Modebadze, Luka Matkava, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Nika Abuladze, Shalva Mamukashvili, Guram Papidze, Nodar Cheishvili, Konstantine Mikautadze, Tornike Jalagonia, Luka Ivanishvili, Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: Tengizi Zamtaradze, Guram Gogichashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Lasha Jaiani, Giorgi Tsutskiridze, Gela Aprasidze, Tedo Abzhandadze, Giorgi Kveseladze.

FT: Ireland 82-8 Romania

16:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland next face Tonga in Nantes next Saturday, while it doesn’t get any more pleasant for Romania - South Africa are their opponents next weekend, with the Oaks back in Bordeaux.

FT: Ireland 82-8 Romania

16:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A solid start for Ireland, showing some of their varied attacking game to put an overmatched Romania to the sword. Gabriel Rupanu’s opening score was as good as it got for the Oaks, who could be in for a tough old ride in Pool B at this tournament.

Plenty in Irish green impressed, with Johnny Sexton fitting back in seamlessly, and an apparently clean bill of health will be most pleasing indeed to Andy Farrell.


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TRY! IRELAND 82-8 Romania (Tadhg Beirne try, 84 minutes)

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Ireland finish with a flourish!

Romania are out on their feet as Bundee Aki collects a chip. Aki offloads, finding his centre partner Garry Ringrose, who allows Tadhg Beirne a simple stride to the line under the posts. Jack Crowley converts and that is all she wrote.

Ireland 75-8 Romania, 82 minutes

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Romania steal the ball inside their own 22 and make swift progess up the left, kicking ahead but unable to capitalise with Hugo Keenan and James Lowe back to smother. Keenan appeared to be wanting to send us to a close, but is tackled before he can, and Lower fancies further action, with his teammates also on the same page.

Ireland 75-8 Romania, 80 minutes

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Ireland knock on inside Romania’s half with time ticking away. A half charged down kick falls kindly for the Oaks, but their own handling error takes us to the 80-minute mark.

Time enough for a final scrum, with Andy Farrell slapping the hands of his substituted players having already trudged down from the coaching box.

Ireland 75-8 Romania, 79 minutes

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Another missed dart from Ronan Kelleher. One slight sore spot late on for Ireland.

Ireland 75-8 Romania, 78 minutes

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It is Peter O’Mahony at number eight for Ireland, with Josh van der Flier on the openside and Tadhg Beirne at six. They don’t even have to push, though, as Romania are deemed the cause of a collapse on first contact.

Ireland return to the Oaks’ 22.

TRY! IRELAND 75-8 Romania (Bundee Aki try, 75 minutes)

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Right up the gut!

Ireland showing off their attacking armoury, Mack Hansen stepping in as a ball-handler at first receiver and shipping the ball on blind to Bundee Aki at the line. Too much power, too much pace, and that Irish score just keeps on building. Points difference could yet be key in Pool B, of course.

Ireland 68-8 Romania, 74 minutes

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A misfire from Ronan Kelleher, though, allows Romania to pinch it and clear. Coach Eugen Apjok doesn’t look particularly pleased, mind - and Ireland will attack again from just beyond the 22-metre line.

Ireland 68-8 Romania, 73 minutes

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Ireland make a break as soon as they get the ball back from the restart. A penalty against the Oaks and Crowley directs his forwards into the right corner.

TRY! IRELAND 68-8 Romania (Peter O’Mahony try, 71 minutes)

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A second for Peter O’Mahony!

Ireland are in boot filling mode. Nicolas Onutu tries to close the space on Iain Henderson but the replacement gets his pop pass away, allowing O’Mahony another simple score. Tidy work from Jack Crowley from the tee.

Ireland 61-8 Romania, 70 minutes

16:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Damage limitation time for a tiring Romania, who seem to have lost any sense of defensive structure. Mack Hansen is buzzing about in typically dynamic, creative fashion.

TRY! IRELAND 61-8 Romania (Joe McCarthy try, 68 minutes)

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There’s no stopping him this time!

A broad smile on the face of Joe McCarthy as he does get across the line, no Romanian in sight as he flops to the floor. The Oaks had made a real hash of their five metre lineout, and after McCarthy had stepped replacement hooker Florin Bardasu, there was little standing in his way. Jack Crowley converts.

Ireland 54-8 Romania, 67 minutes

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What a tackle! Man, that’s brave from Marius Simionescu, putting his body on the line to deny Joe McCarthy in the corner. The lock had been lurking, waiting for Bundee Aki and James Lowe - who really have been at the heart of so much today - to find him, and then setting his sights on stomping to the line. He hasn’t accounted, though, for the strength of Simionescu’s shoulder, which rocks McCarthy as he lunges and sends the Leinster lock spilling into touch.

Ireland 54-8 Romania, 65 minutes

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Eight tries so far today for Ireland and yet you feel thy’ve left some out there. Some more sharp shuffling at the line sees Jeremy Loughman rumble into space, but Hugo Keenan and Bundee Aki can’t quite link up thereafter.

Finally, Sexton’s day is done - the fly half departs to a great ovation from a verdant crowd, with Jack Crowley replacing him for the final 15 minutes.

TRY! IRELAND 54-8 Romania (Johnny Sexton try, 63 minutes)

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Sexton at the double!

Back with a bang. Try two of the afternoon for the returning skipper, spotting the opportunity to hit a hard line close to a ruck with the white Romanian wall having been knocked down by those earlier carries. Ireland hit a half century.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 62 minutes

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Ireland move to within five metres of the line, Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton sending Bundee Aki on the charge. Ian Henderson powers ever closer.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 61 minutes

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Romania also make changes - Tudor Boldor replaces Hinckley Vaovasa and Marius Iftimiciuc is on in the second row.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 59 minutes

15:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A couple more changes for Ireland, with Conor Murray on at nine for Jamison Gibson-Park and Mack Hansen replacing Keith Earls in the back three. Johnny Sexton is still out there, though - clearly Andy Farrell thinks his captain needs as many minutes as possible in his legs having not played since March.

Sexton finds the corner after his muscular mates win a set piece penalty.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 59 minutes

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Ireland 47-8 Romania, 59 minutes

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Hinckley Vaovasa has really flashed on an otherwise tough afternoon for Romania, the versatile back appearing to be blanketed by green shirts as he collects inside his own 22 but producing a devilish bit of footwork to dance between them. He beats one more defender before appearing to run out of puff, slightly, coughing up possession near halfway having briefly threatened to go the distance.

Time for a water break.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 58 minutes

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Josh van der Flier apparates out of a maul and strides away from the Romanian defence, powering into the backfield. But, for once, support is lacking - Romania get over the ball and Ireland infringe.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 57 minutes

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Job one for Henderson and Van der Flier is destroying the Romanian maul, which the former does almost single handedly. And that’s excellent from Joe McCarthy, biding his time as two teammates make the tackle and in to win a holding on penalty five metres from his own line.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 56 minutes

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And Romania’s new propping pair do well - penalty against Jeremy Loughman after he hits the deck.

Iain Henderson and Josh van der Flier replace James Ryan and Caelan Doris in the Ireland pack with Andy Farrell protecting a couple of his most important forwards. Interesting to see who occupies the number eight berth for Ireland from here.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 55 minutes

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Garry Ringrose curses under his breath at himself after fumbling while trying to spin out of a tackle after Ireland had utilised a nifty switch of direction in a running exit from their own territory.

A couple more changes - Florin Bardasu and Alexandru Savin on at hooker and looshead prop for Romania.

Ireland 47-8 Romania, 52 minutes

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Front row changes for both teams: Ireland swap three new burly blokes in, with Ronan Kelleher, Jeremy Loughman and Tom O’Toole replacing Rob Herring, Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlong, while Romania bring on a new tighthead in Gheorge Gajion, formerly of Moldova, as Alexandru Gordas takes leave.

TRY! IRELAND 47-8 Romania (Peter O’Mahony try, 50 minutes)

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But Ireland soon break Romania open!

It’s getting worrying for the Oaks, this. Rob Herring hurries through a gap and connects with the busy Bundee Aki, ever eager in support today. Quick ball allows James Lowe to make further progress, stepping out of a tackle.

Lowe is eventually felled a couple of metres short, and Jamison Gibson-Park has his pick of three forwards waiting to biff over. Peter O’Mahony’s channel offers the path of least resistance; Sexton converts the score with Ireland closing in on 50.

Ireland 40-8 Romania, 48 minutes

15:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The Romania restart travels out on the full, but Ireland can’t make the most of their midfield platform, Bundee Aki knocking on. Hugo Keenan appears to have produced a beaut of a 50:22, but assistant refere Wayne Barnes rules his kick pitched into touch just short of the Romanian 22-metre line.

TRY! IRELAND 40-8 Romania (Rob Herring try, 46 minutes)

15:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

...And Rob Herring will score!

The hooker burrows like a rodent, excavating a couple of would-be tacklers and tunneling to the line.

Ireland 33-8 Romania, 44 minutes

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Romania are pinged for offside again, but just about hold out as Ireland’s forwards pound the fringes. Rob Herring will tap and go...

Ireland 33-8 Romania, 43 minutes

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It takes a couple of attempts for the scrum to form to Nika Amashukeli’s liking, and when it eventually does, Romania are immediately offside. Johnny Sexton punts Ireland down into Romania’s 22.

Ireland 33-8 Romania, 41 minutes

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Marius Simionescu starts the half still in the bin, but is soon back amongst things after Jason Tomane fails to take an attempted intercept. Just a knock on, the officials rule - Ireland’s scrum 45 metres out from their own line, wide on the left.

Ireland 33-8 Romania, second half

15:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Back to Bordeaux, where the shade is ever larger over the playing surface, which will please the players having to exert themselves in the sapping Saturday heat.

Hinckley Vaovasa is set for the resumption, ball in hand. His left boot gets the second alf going.

Australia Rugby World Cup fixtures: Full schedule and route to the final

15:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Australia open their Pool C efforts against a dangerous Georgia in a couple of hours. Here’s a look at their full itinerary - including their possible route to the final...

Australia Rugby World Cup fixtures: Full schedule and route to the final

Eddie Jones brings noise and unpredictability – but also gives Australia a proven route to success

15:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s not too long until Australia get their campaign underway, with the Wallabies just starting to make their way over to a sweltering Stade de France. Eddie Jones’s side are without a win this year, and have one eye on a home World Cup in four years’ time, but could they yet be players at this year’s party?

Eddie Jones brings noise - but also gives Australia a proven route to success

HT: Ireland 33-8 Romania

15:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A handful of handling errors but otherwise pretty handy so far from Ireland, repeatedly cutting a weak Romanian defence to ribbons with typically adept pattern play. The backs have done the sprinting, the forwards have connected the dots, and Gabriel Rupanu’s opening score aside, Romania have barely been able to fire a shot.

How much longer does Andy Farrell give his key individuals? Another ten or 15 minutes after half time and then cotton wool them for the sterner stuff to come?


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TRY! IRELAND 33-8 Romania (Johnny Sexton try, 41 minutes)

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And Ireland make them pay!

Try five of the half for Ireland, scored and converted by their returning skipper. Hugo Keenan is halted as he tries to counter attack but Romania are penalised at the breakdown, allowing Jamison Gibson-Park to tap and go into open green pasture.

The scrum half is hauled down but, as has been the case all half, has plenty of support, Bundee Aki brushing off one tackler and tossing to his fly half for the run in. Sexton gets up looking at a wounded paw, his hand having been trapped awkwardly under Jason Tomane’s body after scoring, but it doesn’t look like there’s major damage as he trots down the tunnel at the interval.

Ireland 26-8 Romania, 39 minutes

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A vital carry from Critian Chirica, emerging the cocoon of a messy scrum with Romania under pressure to allow space for a punt up field.

But Romania fail to find touch...

Ireland 26-8 Romania, 38 minutes

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A better kick from Keenan, probing the space left vacant by Romania’s absent full back, and Keith Earls is an ever willing greyhound after the hare. A fumble on the floor is all that presents another Irish score.

Ireland 26-8 Romania, 37 minutes

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There were a few remarks last night about how far these World Cup balls seem to carry, and James Lowe’s thumping left boot has been employed plenty of times to flip the field so far. But his back three colleague Hugo Keenan is caught out by the extra amplitude, flighting his kick too far and grimacing as it travels out on the full.

TRY! IRELAND 26-8 Romania (Bundee Aki try, 35 minutes)

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But Romania can’t hold out for long!

Shorn of a member of their backline, Romania are struggling out wide as Ireland play to width, Bundee Aki accelerating away from lumbering lock Stefan Iancu. A dummy and a dive and Aki is over as Vaovasa tries in vain to salvage matters for a second time in quick succession.

Johnny Sexton’s conversion from the left is a good’un.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 32 minutes

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Held up! What work from Hinckley Vaovasa, seemingly outmatched as Joe McCarthy clatters into him in the carry. Vaovasa manages to get his shoulder beneath the ball as the Ireland lock tries to ground to prevent what looked a certain try.

YELLOW CARD! Marius Simionescu is sent to the sin bin! Ireland 19-8 Romania, 32 minutes

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And Romania lose a man. The Oaks’ forwards are offside as they hare after a punt upfield, and after Johnny Sexton takes a quick tap, full back Marius Simionescu is deemed to have cynically made a mess of the resultant ruck. It seems a touch harsh on the replay, with Simionescu trying to vacate the space, but Nika Amashukeli is always an assertive official and you can understand his judgement.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 29 minutes

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Ireland don’t quite get things right in the midfield and cough up possession. Prop Iulian Hartig requires a new boot, with his having burst. He’s back amongst things as Romania throw a lineout near halfway.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 28 minutes

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Even when Ireland do things badly it is seeming to work out well. Tadhg Furlong is intercepted by Jason Tomane, thrusting out his hands at the right time to cut off the prop’s past, but Furlong is immediately over the top of the centre as he hits the deck to win a jackal penalty. Ireland back down towards Romania’s 22.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 27 minutes

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Ireland look capable of scoring every time they touch the ball. The latest Lowe-led burst sees the wing accompanied by Tadhg Beirne and Jamison Gibson-Park, but an errant pass is shelled by the scrum half.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 25 minutes

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Ireland put Romania under all sorts of bother on their own line, driving the Oaks back, and Gabriel Rupanu’s hurried boxed clearance falcons a teammate. Ireland had infringed, though, reprieving the scrum half.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 24 minutes

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Fumbled with the line in sight! More vibrant attacking play from Ireland and it looks like James Lowe’s inward fling has put Keith Earls away on the left, but the 35-year-old can’t quite gather cleanly and the chance goes begging. Lovely footwork from Lowe to dance to the outside but Romania are getting sucked in during virtually every Irish passage of play.

Ireland 19-8 Romania, 22 minutes

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Nika Amashukeli has to urge Ireland back into action after the water break, with Johnny Sexton and co. taking on the fluids for as long as possible. It’s that sort of day.

PENALTY! Ireland 19-8 ROMANIA (Gabriel Rupanu penalty, 21 minutes)

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Straight and true from the scrum half. Time for a (much needed) water break at the natural pause in play.

Ireland 19-5 Romania, 20 minutes

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The Romania coaching box has an electric fan on at full blast, with Eugen Apjok and his staff feeling the heat in Bordeaux. After such an outstanding start, Romania just haven’t got things right defensively, which was a prevailing theme of their three warm-up fixtures before the tournament.

A penalty against Bundee Aki may allow Gabriel Rupanu to knock over three points, though.

TRY! IRELAND 19-5 Romania (Tadhg Beirne try, 17 minutes)

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A little bit too simple for Ireland. James Lowe is well marshalled as he loops around to provide extra hands, and an appropriately formed backfield should deal with his scrambled nudge ahead reasonably simply. Romania are loose in that regard, though, allowing first Keith Earls and then Hugo Keenan to latch on deep in enemy territory.

Peter O’Mahony is biffed back but Romania are short of numbers on their right defensive edge, allowing Lowe to fizz the scoring pass out to Tadhg Beirne, who dives in before Tevita Manumua can cover.

Ireland 14-5 Romania, 16 minutes

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And Tadhg Furlong wins a penalty out of Iulian Hartig on the Romanian loosehead side.

Ireland 14-5 Romania, 15 minutes

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An excellent restart from Romania leaves Keenan with nowhere to tread but touch as the chasers contact him, but Ireland’s maul defence firms up to win turnover possession 20 metres from their own line.

TRY! IRELAND 14-5 Romania (Hugo Keenan try, 13 minutes)

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Superb handling and a second Ireland try!

Classic Ireland, that, stressing the edges and then finding the fissure up the middle. Sexton finds Peter O’Mahony at the line, who tips on to James Ryan, who has the presence of mind to hook an offload up to Hugo Keenan to provide the finishing touches. Sexton adds the extra two from bang in front.

Ireland 7-5 Romania, 12 minutes

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Ireland settle into their attacking shape, Johnny Sexton involved early and often in the movement. An inside ball doesn’t quite connect with the intended catcher but onwards they go, Andrew Porter and then Bundee Aki using their burl to make metres.

Ireland 7-5 Romania, 10 minutes

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Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlog get their timing right but Romania hold firm. The Oaks attack back to the blindside, Florian Rosu doing the toting up the touchline having lingered after the scrum.

Gabrial Rupanu tries to lift the tempo but Ireland slow ruck ball. Keith Earls latches over the top...penalty to Ireland. Sharp work from the veteran wing, picking his moment to pounce.

Here’s how Romania took a surprise early lead.

Ireland 7-5 Romania, 9 minutes

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These are very shallow in-goal areas - Gibson-Park almost ran out of room having taken a few strides after crossing the line there.

Heavy breathing already as Ireland knock on 30 metres from their own line. How will Romania’s scrum fare? Ireland put weight on too soon and the Oaks are happy to set it again.

TRY! IRELAND 7-5 Romania (Jamison Gibson-Park, 6 minutes)

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Ireland hit back!

That’s what they can do. A first chance with ball inside Romania’s half and Ireland open their opponents up, Johnny Sexton driving to the line and putting Bundee Aki into a hole. Garry Ringrose and Jamison Gibson-Park provide support and the latter can go in untouched.

TRY! Ireland 0-5 ROMANIA (Gabriel Rupanu try, 3 minutes)

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What a start for Romania!

Well isn’t that a turn up for the books? The first try of the game is Romania’s, Hinckley Vaovasa shuffling across to collect an angled grubber from Johnny Sexton and seeing only space in front of him with Keith Earls overcomitting to his pursuit.

Vaovasa races up the touchline and finds his half back partner to the inside, with Gabriel Rupanu scuttling over to put Romania in front.

Ireland 0-0 Romania, 2 minutes

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James Lowe shields his eyes from the sun twice in succession as Romania punt balls his way. It is incredibly bright in the Stade de Bordeaux.

Ireland 0-0 Romania, 1 minute

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A solid first clearance from Hinckley Vaovasa, stepping in at ten to try and solve a problem area for Romania.

Rob Herring doesn’t quite get his first throw right, and the hooker can’t salvage the situation as he tries to corral a loose ball. Romania instigate a bit of kick tennis.


14:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland in green, Romania in white, the Stade de Bordaux bathed in sunshine. Johnny Sexton will get things underway on his return to action - he drops ball to boot, and we are up and running in Pool B.