Ireland v Romania, Rugby World Cup 2023

Ireland v Romania, Rugby World Cup 2023

4.42pm Simon Lewis in Bordeaux has filed his on-the-whistle match report from the stadium before he heads down to quiz the players and Andy Farrell. 

4.3srcpm Peter O’Mahony wins man of the match, though he tells Virgin he’s not sure why. It’s a good start from Ireland. Johnny Sexton was able to stretch his legs, score some points and hopefully that wrist issue is nothing major. 

8src+3 TRY FOR I

Ireland 82 Romania 8

It’s all over.  Ireland could have ended the game long before now but they kept it in play and Beirne gets over for the final try of the afternoon. Ruthless. 


Ireland 75 Romania 8 

Bundee Aki is the next cab off the rank for the try. He’s been great all day and picked a sharp line to get on the end of a pass from his Connacht colleague Mack Hansen.  

7src mins TRY FOR IRELAND 

Ireland 68 Romania 8 

Peter O’Mahony touches down, one-handed, in the corner after a nice tip-on by Henderson. O’Mahony’s Munster teammate Crowley converts brilliantly from the touchline. 


Ireland 61 Romania 8

Joe McCarthy gets over the try he’s been threatening all day. Big moment for the World Cup debutant and well deserved. 

66 mins Ireland 54 Romania 8 

Johnny Sexton’s work is done for the day. He’s replaced by Jack Crowley as the first ‘Fields of Athenry’ of the tournament rings out. 


Ireland 54 Romania 8 

Johnny Sexton gets over again and he’s showing no signs of ring rust after his long layoff. That’s try No 8 for the Irish today.  

6src mins Ireland 47 Romania 8 

Water break time. There are a few more changes in the offing, we’re told. 

Johnny Sexton is like a boxer on his stool in the corner with a large ice pack balanced on the back of his neck. It’s hot out there. 

The break is a good time to remind you that there’s plenty more rugby coming later today — and for then next seven weeks! — and you can keep across all the talking points with our dedicated RWC hub; and it’s a great time to subscribe to the Irish Examiner to get the full benefit of the our experts like Ronan O’Gara and Donal Lenihan. 

Okay, the players are hydrated and back on the pitch. 

56 mins Ireland 47 Romania 8 

Van der Flier and Henderson trot on in place of Ryan and Doris. 

54 mins Ireland 47 Romania 8 

Here come the cavalry; Kelleher, Loughman and O’Toole replace Herring, Porter and Furlong who can be satisfied with their contribution.  

49 mins 

Ireland 47 Romania 8 

Another one… this time it’s Peter O’Mahony who gets over after brilliant work from the likes of Aki again, Tadhg Furlong and Rob Herring. This could get ugly for the Romanians at this stage. 

…. to be continued
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