This game should have been a dead rubber, but Ireland needed the win to ensure a QF birth was in their own hands.
Ireland started strong and were boosted by a Yellow Card to Samoa in the first 5 minutes.
Things got interesting when Irish inside centre Bundee Aki was issued a Red Card for a high tackle in the 28th minute. The High Tackle Framework has been under the spotlight in the last few matches, tonight was no different.
It opened the door a crack to a potential Samoan victory, but Ireland ensured the door was well and truly slammed in their faces.
Ireland will have to wait and see who wins tomorrow night’s crunch match between Scotland and hosts Japan before they find out their Quarter Final opponent.
Final Score: Ireland 47 – Samoa 5