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Ireland beat Romania comfortable 82-8

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Ireland 82:8 Romania

Ireland enjoyed a comprehensive victory in stifling heat against Romania in a Rugby World Cup 2023 match. The Irish team secured an 82-8 win, with 12 tries and 24 points scored by Johnny Sexton, who returned to the lineup after a six-month absence due to injury and suspension. Despite some early errors, Ireland showcased composure and skill in the second half. Peter O’Mahony stood out with two tries, earning the man of the match title, but the star performance came from Bundee Aki, who consistently tore through the Romanian defense and contributed to multiple early tries.

While Romania briefly took the lead with an early try, Ireland quickly responded, and the procession of tries began. Ireland’s performance was strong in various aspects, except for the lineout, which had a low success rate. Ireland displayed their usual flair in ball-handling, producing numerous opportunities for try-scoring. Aki secured a bonus point for Ireland in the 34th minute with his try, and Sexton contributed significantly with two tries and seven conversions.

As the score reached 54-8, Ireland continued to dominate, scoring four more tries. The match concluded with a festival-like atmosphere, setting the stage for more challenging matches in Pool B. Ireland expressed satisfaction with the victory and looks forward to the upcoming tougher fixtures.

Match Summary

Pool B | Ireland 82:8 Romania

Ireland Scores:

TRIES Jamison Gibson-Park (5′), Hugo Keenan (13′), Tadhg Beirne (17′, 83′), Bundee Aki (34′, 75′), Johnny Sexton (40′, 63′), Rob Herring (45′), Peter O’Mahony (50′, 71′), Joe McCarthy (68′)
CONV Johnny Sexton (6′, 13′, 36′, 40′, 46′, 51′, 64′), Jack Crowley (68′, 72′, 76′, 84′)

Romania Scores:

TRIES Gabriel Rupanu (3′)
PENS Gabriel Rupanu (21′)


Stadium Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux


Nika Amashukeli

Man of the match:

Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)


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