Ireland were completely and utterly dominant.
Every question Ireland asked of Scotland, they had no answer. In the dry and the wet, Ireland completely controlled the tempo of the match.
Scotland reminded me an awful lot of the Wallabies, which could be a terrible omen for the weeks to come.
Ireland were committed to their lead, and for the most part were happy to hand possession over freely and rely on their defence which hardly faulted.
Ireland have established their credentials as RWC contenders. It will certainly be good to see them against a southern hemisphere opponent.
This result opens the door for hosts Japan to sneak into the finals. Scotland will play Samoa before taking on Japan. The hosts will fancy their chances with home ground advantage against the Scots.
It’s a moot point really with whoever progresses needing to overcome either New Zealand or South Africa to make the Semi Finals.