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Ryan, Best and Furlong get Ireland off to an ideal start at the World Cup

Joe Schmidt’s side were in the driving seat against Scotland in this morning’s tournament opener in Yokohama.

Updated Sep 22nd 2019, 10:47 AM

tadhg-furlong-celebrates-scoring-their-third-try-with-josh-van-der-flier Tadhg Furlong scores Ireland's third try. Source: Craig Mercer/INPHO

IRELAND TOOK CONTROL in the early stages of this morning’s 2019 Rugby World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama.

Following a brilliant break by his second-row partner Iain Henderson, James Ryan powered his way over for the first try of the contest with less than six minutes on the clock. 

Rory Best increased Joe Schmidt’s side’s lead in the 14th minute, the captain scoring after Ireland mauled their way towards the whitewash. Johnny Sexton was unable to add the extras on this occasion.

After Greig Laidlaw opened Scotland’s account with a penalty, Tadhg Furlong got in for a third try on 25 minutes. With Johnny Sexton being attended to for what looked like a groin injury, Conor Murray kicked the conversion.

In the 16th minute of the second half, Andrew Conway sealed the bonus point. Murray, who retained the place-kicking duties despite Sexton’s return to the game, couldn’t guide the conversion between the posts, leaving Ireland 24-3 in front.

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A penalty from Jack Carty, who replaced Sexton, sealed a 27-3 win for Ireland.

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