TWEETS: Irish Fans React To Bundee Aki's Red Card Against Samoa

TWEETS: Irish Fans React To Bundee Aki's Red Card Against Samoa

That's what they're asking the players to do now, in a spilt second you've got to make the right decision about what sort of tackle you're going to make, which is extremely hard.

"You do sympathize. We all knew there was going to be a risk and a lot of the managements have spoken about the 'what ifs?' around the World Cup", Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek said Friday.

Two minutes later, Samoa were down to 14 men with hooker Seilala Lam drawing a yellow card for a high tackle on Jacob Stockdale.

Not everyone has been so understanding about the decision to cancel games.

Below-par performances, including a shock 19-12 defeat to Japan, had set alarm bells ringing, but the men in green re-established their pre-tournament reputation as one of the favourites to comfortably make the quarter-finals.

Samoa: Nanai-Williams; Tuala, Leiua, Taefu, Fidow; Seuteni, Polataivao; Mulipola, S Lam Alaalatoa, Paulo, Le'aupepe; Vui, Ioane, J Lam.

With a man-over advantage, one would have thought there would be a sense of belief in the Samoa team that they can pull off an upset against the more-favoured Ireland.

The Scottish players have tried to be good guests at the Rugby World Cup, until now.

If the match is cancelled it's recognised as a 0-0 draw with two points for both sides, so Japan go through as group winners due to their victory over Ireland, meaning they face South Africa in the last eight.

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With Ireland safely through to the play-offs, it leaves Japan and Scotland in a straight shoot-out on Sunday for the remaining Pool A slot. That will become clear only after the outcome of Japan-Scotland's game is decided in Yokohama today. "We've got the chance to play against the host nation and it doesn't get any bigger than that". Now Ireland have to play the second half with just 14 men.

"We've been together for a good eight weeks and it's pretty much been my family for the last two months, a great family".

Rugby World Cup protocol means that Aki should have a hearing in a couple of days time but if that doesn't go well our task next week will be all the more hard. New Zealand is going to be a very different challenge.

Ireland's starting XV is not far off full-strength and while they have concerns about the playing surface at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, which was relaid as recently as 4 October, coach Schmidt will be fervently hoping that a longer preparation period for this game will help his players rediscover their spark and put down a marker for the quarter-finals.

There are four games scheduled for Sunday but the last of those - and the last of the group stage - is attracting the most attention.

This is the first time that the two sides have met at the RWC. A decision on that game can be delayed until six hours before kick-off.

But that sparked an angry response from World Rugby, who said they were "disappointed" with Dodson's comments, insisting the Scots were happy to sign up to the rules which prohibit pool matches being rescheduled before the tournament.

Trains and flights have been canceled, and authorities are urging residents and visitors to stay indoors, out of the way of the torrential rain and destructive winds that are expected to hammer Japan's main island.

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