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Live Reporting

By Jamie Lyall

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for now...

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    So, a day of emphatically contrasting fortunes for Ireland and Scotland.

    Joe Schmidt's team were excellent. They bullied Scotland physically and feasted on their errors. Peaking too soon? Rory Best over the hill? Don't believe it.

    Gregor Townsend presided over an insipid display. He spoke about a team lacking in energy and aggression and that's seriously worrying given this is World Cup rugby.

    Ireland tackle host nation Japan next - a difficult prospect, for sure, but a challenge they should surpass.

    For Scotland, it's a must-win clash with Samoa. They realistically have no option but to prevail in all three of their remaining matches to reach the quarter-finals.

    Stay on these pages where our colleagues are bringing you live coverage of England's match against Tonga - England are 15-3 up as I type this - and enjoy the rest of your Sunday. The World Cup bonanza continues.

    Ireland players celebrate
  2. Ireland 'not getting carried away'

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier tells BBC Radio Scotland: "You have to be happy with that, Scotland are a really good side. Our defence got into a good groove, it was tough to attack out there, we got a few nice line breaks early on and managed to hold Scotland out.

    "Their backs were pretty impressive but we managed to cling on to those tackles and then get scores when we got into the Scottish 22. We managed to build a scoreboard then for the second half which was pretty pleasing.

    "I suppose in past World Cups, Ireland have had a good first few games and then kind of got carried away with themselves. We’re very aware Japan will be a tough threat next week. We played them a couple of years ago and they are a very dangerous team at home and in the warm weather."

    Josh van der Flier tackles Sean Maitland
    Image caption: Josh van der Flier, left, was part of a formidable Irish defensive effort
  3. 'Fifty-year-old' Best answers critics - Furlong

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong discusses recent criticism of captain Rory Best, who played the full match and alongside Furlong, crossed the whitewash.

    "It’s external criticism really, everyone within the set-up holds him in such high regard," Furlong told BBC Radio Scotland.

    "It’s not easy to do 80 minutes in the front-row, especially not at 50 years of age like he is! I’m delighted for him. He’s our leader, he sets the example and everyone else follows, and I’m delighted for him."

  4. 'We got battered' - Hogg

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg tells BBC Radio Scotland: "I've never been involved in a Scotland camp that the preparation has been as spot-on and unfortunately we’ve just not stood up and we’ve been battered.

    "I’d love to be able to tell you but we had a game plan in play to try and disrupt and score points and unfortunately we didn’t get into the flow of the game. Ireland put us under a lot of pressure and full credit to them. Out wide there was space but we didn’t find ourselves with much time on the ball.

    "We’ve got the quality within the squad to bounce back now. It’s all about reviewing this in a positive light and making sure we learn from our mistakes."

    Stuart Hogg
  5. 'I'd be embarrassed by that performance'

    FT: Ireland 27-3

    Peter Wright

    Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: If I was a Scotland player I'd be embarrassed by that performance. And I'd stay away from social media as there are former internationals on there giving it laldy with the criticism of the team. What matters now is how the players react in the game against Samoa.
  6. Scotland to wait for news on Watson

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Hamish Watson, carried from the field after a very nasty-looking knee injury, is Scotland's only injury concern.

    "He had a knee injury that we will hopefully be getting more information on tonight if he can get a scan," Townsend said.

    "It doesn't look good when a player is stretchered off the field so we'll wait and see later tonight.

    "The good news is Jamie Ritchie will be available for our next game - he's back in full training. So if Hamish does miss that game, we have Jamie, who can play open-side, and Fraser Brown who came on and played open-side today did a good job."

  7. Post update

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    When asked how Scotland could start without that "energy, accuracy and aggression", Townsend replied: "That's what we're asking each other."

    He added: "The energy wasn’t as high as it has to be to beat a team like Ireland and whether it wasn’t there in the warm-up or a few players hadn’t played for two or three weeks, they certainly had trained really well. We just missed the start of that game which was very disappointing.

    "We need to win our next three games and whether the result had been different today we needed to win our next three games. We have to bounce back, play a lot better against Samoa, and carry that on to Russia and especially Japan, who have started the tournament well."

  8. Townsend bemoans passive Scots

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is addressing the media in Yokohama just now.

    "We didn’t start with the energy, accuracy, and aggression that is required to beat a team like Ireland," he said.

    "Ireland started very well and took their chances when they got into our 22. They’re probably the best team in world rugby if you give them a 15 to 20 points start, it will be very difficult to come back."

  9. What should Townsend do for Samoa?

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Ryan Grant

    Former Scotland and Warriors player on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Gregor will make some changes, but there won't be a knee-jerk reaction. A bit of it will come down to the conditions as well. In the last World Cup we tried to go toe-to-toe with Samoa in running rugby and they are good at that. My opinion would be we should play the territory battle and pin them back and bring on guys like Ali Price once the game's clear and the Samoans are tired.
  10. Best eyes improvements after dominant start

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Ireland captain Rory Best on ITV: "We started really well, we were positive, we wanted to attack. When the conditions came in the second half it became more of an arm wrestle. We know how good they are and we're delighted with that win.

    "A couple of the tight tries came from great play from the backs. They were getting us into positions. We know that tomorrow, Joe Schmidt and the coaches will show us how much we need to improve going forward."

    Rory Best scores
    Image caption: Rory Best scored the second of four Irish tries
  11. Scotland 'bullied' by Irish juggernaut

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Rory Lawson

    Former Scotland captain

    Quote Message: In energy and mindset, Scotland were not at the races. Scotland were bullied physically up front. The Irish pack believe, man-for-man, they are 10-15% better than Scotland. They looked 25% more physical and in control than Scotland today. They were clinical inside Scotland's 22 in that first half. They didn't have to do much but they took their opportunities.
  12. Brutal stats for Scotland

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    During 2018 and 2019, Scotland have conceded an average of 28 points per game against Tier One opposition away from home.

    Today's hideous pummeling pretty much matches that grim tally.

    They haven't beaten a Tier One team at a World Cup since 2007, a nail-biter against Italy.

    Stuart Hogg
  13. Post update

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Former Scotland back-row Jonny Petrie is now chief executive at Ulster.

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  14. 'Watson injury adds to the misery'

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Rory Lawson

    Former Scotland captain

    Quote Message: The minimum standard that Scotland fans ask for is effort and fight. There was no tooth or bite to that performance. Normally you have something to hang on to - attack play or defensive solidity - but there was nothing. And to add to the misery, Hamish Watson's injury looks significant.
  15. Glorious for Ireland, grim for Scotland

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Here's how the Pool A table looks after that one-sided affair. Ireland sitting proudly at the summit. Scotland beneath even lowly Russia, who have a superior points difference after their loss to Japan.

    Pool A table
  16. Post update

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    We'll have reaction from both camps as soon as we have it...

  17. 'Scotland attitude not right'

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Ryan Grant

    Former Scotland and Warriors player on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Scotland's attitude didn't look right. It's so disappointing to watch - especially in a World Cup opener where they should be right up for it.
  18. 'Best answers the critics'

    FT: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

    Tony Ward

    Former Ireland fly-half on BBC Radio Ulster

    Quote Message: After all the talk before the tournament about him being too old, Rory Best answered the critics today. Ireland's line-out was perfect. He got the second try and ended up playing the full 80 minutes.