Ireland shrug off red card to thrash Samoa

Joe Schmidt talks to Ireland skipper Rory Best during Friday's captain's run in Fukuoka

Joe Schmidt appeared concerned by the condition of the Fukuoka pitch during Friday's captain's run

Ireland's bonus-point victory in Fukuoka sealed a safe passage to the last eight, whatever happens in Japan and Scotland's typhoon-threatened encounter on Sunday.

"I don't know if I should comment on it", Jackson said.

Scotland and Japan, the two other contenders, will not know until hours before kick-off on Sunday whether their game will go ahead as the typhoon powers towards their Yokohama venue.

Aki, the Auckland-born 29-year-old, and former Counties Manukau and Chiefs representative, will front a hearing in Tokyo at 11.30pm (NZ time) following his red card for a high tackle in Ireland's win over Samoa in their final pool match in Fukuoka on Saturday night.

"We're obviously happy with the result and with a number of things about the performance, but we're obviously disappointed we didn't manage to finish the game with 15 players and we'll look at that and try to come up with what we believe is some reasoning behind that", said the New Zealander.

The Pacific Islanders started their campaign with a 34-9 win against Russian Federation in Kumagaya followed by a 34-0 loss to Scotland in Kobe and a 38-19 defeat by Japan in Toyota.

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The unstable state of the pitch was a talking point in the lead-up and despite the attentions of a team of ground staff, it was badly chopped up by halftime.

Best got the first try in the fourth minute from a driving maul.

Although he defended his player for his high shot that forced out-half Ulupano Seutini off with a head injury, the Ireland head coach said the red card will make it hard for Aki to avoid further censure.

But as Ireland head towards their first knock-out match, either against New Zealand or South Africa, Aki's involvement is in doubt after he was handed the seventh red card of the tournament.

Jack Lam was too strong for CJ Stander's tackle and went over for Samoa's only try of the game and their chances were further boosted when Aki departed the action soon after. As you all know, it's the toss of a coin at the moment."Nic Berry refereed the game well".

"Defenders have got to make decision within a split second".

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Aki's absence was barely noted after the re-start as Ireland starved the Samoans of possession and rumbled forward.

Fly-half Johnny Sexton combines with long-time partner Conor Murray at nine while in the forwards, the versatile Tadhg Beirne moves from lock to the back row.

TJ Ioane was then sin-binned for repeated Samoan infringement, paving the way for another Ireland score.

Further tries from Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway in a one sided second period were just reward for an utterly dominant display.

The game descended into an exhibition, as replacement first-five Joey Carbery threaded a grubber kick through the Samoan line, allowing Conway to dot down 10 minutes from the siren to spark a chorus of singing by Irish fans.

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