The Luck of the Irish was in short supply during the Japanese game earlier in the week, could there be two upsets in a week?
No… No there couldn’t.
The Shamrocks were comfortable winners 35 – 0. Kicking 100% of conversion attempts, winning the penalty count, and generally have the favour of the referee Jerome Garces. Rightly so, as heavy favourites the ball naturally bounces in your favour a little more often.
The Russians bore the wrath of the referee twice, brandishing the mustard to both Bogdan Fedotko and Andrey Ostrikov. At no stage did they look dangerous in attack, however their defence was reasonable against the former No. 1 ranked side in the world.
The question I ask myself is how can such a great rugby nation, play 20 minutes with an extra man and only score 35 points. Yes defence is significant, and if you can hold your opponent to zero you only have to score once but really, 35 points?
Ireland certainly didn’t win the World Cup in this match, but I think they might have lost it. Once favoured to be the best chance of toppling the All Blacks, I reckon would struggle against lowly Australia at the moment.
Hopefully the Shamrocks are playing boring rugby in the pool stages to keep their opponents in the later stages of the tournament guessing.
Full Time Score: Ireland 35 – Russia 0