Ireland has achieved a second straight Rugby World Cup Pool D bonus point after seeing off Romania 44-10 at Wembley on Sunday. The Irish crossed the try line on six occasions to top their table with 10 points ahead of France and Italy. The Irish started the match very well and they held the ball for over three minutes before their first move ended with a knock on.
The first chance for points came in the sixth minute and was for the Irish as Paula Kinikinilau was penalised for holding onto Ian Madigan, the understudy for Jonathan Sexton, and he nailed the kick. The Romanians showed decent defence and denied the Shamrocks a try in the 14th minute after a great run. Simon Zebo stepped in in touch after he collected a chip through that displayed great individual skill.
Joe Schmidt’s side took another shot at goal after the Oaks made a silly error at the line out and Madigan made no mistake to boot the men in green into a 6-3 17th minute lead. Keith Earls and Tommy Bowe scored tries for the Emerald Island side to ensure a 18-3 lead at half-time. Schmidt’s side started the second half very well setting up another try from the rolling maul before Earls was left to finish off Eoin Reddan’s delightful grubber through.
A cynical foul by Romania’s Csaba Gal saw the centre sent to the sin bin on the hour mark. Bowe scored a second try in the 62nd minute after Redden looped around to collect a pop pass by Paddy Jackson. Reddan then flung it wide for Bowe to cruise over the line and Madigan slotted the sundries to make it 32-3.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, quite a few knock-ons allowed the crowd to gather their breath after two quick tries by the Irish. Try number six came in the 74th minute for the Shamrocks after a rolling maul saw Chris Henry go over. The crowd cheered when Romania scored in the 78th minute after good work by Ovidiu Tonita as he beat the defence and reached out to dot the ball down.
Florin Vlaicu converted for the consolation as Ireland ran out convincing 44-10 winners in London.