September 22, 2019 / 9:54 AM / 2 months ago

Rugby-Clinical Ireland see off Scots in Yokohama drizzle

    YOKOHAMA, Japan, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Top ranked Ireland put
aside their stuttering 2019 form with a clinical 27-3 victory
over their main Pool A rivals Scotland to open their World Cup
campaign in convincing style in Yokohama on Sunday. 
    Forwards James Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong all crossed
in the first 25 minutes and winger Andrew Conway secured the
bonus point with the fourth try in the second half.
    Scotland, who had a single Greig Laidlaw penalty to show for
their efforts, tried to get their expansive running game going
but were hamstrung first by the Irish defence and then the
slippery conditions caused by a persistent drizzle.    
    There will be concern that injury-prone flyhalf Johnny
Sexton gave up the kicking duties early on, and over head
injuries to flanker Peter O'Mahony and centre Bundee Aki, but
the Irish will move on confidently to their next match against
hosts Japan.

 (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Tony Lawrence)
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