Ireland 47-5 Samoa: Bundee Aki upset by World Cup red card – Joe Schmidt
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Coach Joe Schmidt said Bundee Aki wasdevastated by his first-half red card following Ireland beat Samoa 47-5 to book a World Cup quarter-finals spot.
Centre Akis 29th-minute dismissal to get a top hit on Ulupano Seuteni came when Ireland led 21-5, but they didnt concede for the remainder of the game.
29, aki, is of Samoan descent and was clearly angry because he left the pitch.
We are happy with the end result and functionality but disappointed we did not end with 15 players, said Schmidt.
It is catastrophic for Bundee. He knows the Samoan players quite well.
Akis World Cup could be over after his red card and that he faces an anxious wait to see if hes handed any additional sanction.
Before, Samoa hooker Seilala Lam was yellow-carded to get a comparable high shooter, but he had tried to reduce his point of contact while Aki remained erect and Nic Berry ruled that there had beena high degree of danger.
I rate Nic Berry and I think he is a very good referee, therefore its difficult to argue in the present time, added Schmidt.
Samoa were as distraught since the Irish within Akis red card and coach Steve Jackson said they would make representations to help the escape further sanction that is 29-year-old.
I expect no further sanction continues, said Samoa trainer Steve Jackson, who lost two players to red cards through the course of the championship.
I have known Bundee for a long, long time, hes a excellent guy with terrific personality.
Hopefully the powers that be see some feel and he gets to continue on in the championship since hes a terrific kid.
Ireland captain Rory Greatest said they had been mindful not to fear following the premature exit of Aki.
We had to leave some defensive rucks alone and make sure we had numbers on feet, said the 37-year-old hooker.
We have conquer red cards before. Its never perfect but it reveals a great deal of character about a group that whenever you move down a man, how you adapt to this.
Ultimately there wasnt any panic. There was lots of collective. We only continued to attack them.
Greatest said that the teams display in the seven-try triumphmaybe was not that pretty but it was effective.
Following the Japan match we understood 10 points would get us through, and we got that. The boys rolled up their sleeves.
The significant issue is that we panicked [after the Japan game].
Ireland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after defeating against Samoa 47-5 in their Pool A game in Fukuoka.
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