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2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A

Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 20 September 2019. The pool included hosts Japan, and previous 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists Ireland and Scotland. They were joined by the European qualifier, Russia, and Samoa, the winner of the European-Oceania Cross-Regional play-off.

Japan won all four of their matches, including surprise victories over both Ireland and Scotland, to finish top of the pool and become the first Asian nation to reach a Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Ireland picked up a bonus point in each of their matches, and their victory over Scotland in their opening pool match proved the difference between the two sides in the hunt for second place. Samoa finished in fourth place, their only win coming against bottom-placed Russia.

OverviewEdit

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup was played in Pool A with Japan scoring a 30–10 win over Russia. Kotaro Matsushima became the first Japanese player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. For the Russian side, Kirill Golosnitsky scored the first try of the tournament after four minutes – the fastest try ever scored in the opening match of a World Cup.[1] Two days later, Ireland defeated Scotland 27–3.[2] On 24 September, Samoa played their first match against Russia in Kumagaya. Despite Samoa's being reduced to 13 men after Rey Lee-Lo and Motu Matu'u were sin-binned within two minutes of each other, Russia could not capitalise on their advantage and Samoa went on to win 34–9.[3] Four days later, hosts Japan defeated Ireland 19–12 in what Japan Today called the biggest upset of the tournament. Kenki Fukuoka scored a try in the 58th minute to give Japan a two-point lead after Ireland's Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney had scored the opening two tries. Yu Tamura's conversion and fourth successful penalty kick sealed the result for Japan.[4] Scotland recorded their first victory of the World Cup with a 34–0 whitewash victory over Samoa in muggy conditions in Kobe, with Samoan captain Jack Lam stating that the rugby ball was "a bar of soap."[5]

Three days later, Kobe Misaki Stadium held another match in Pool A – this time it was Ireland, who would whitewash their opponents (Russia) in a 35–0 victory with five different players getting tries for the Irish. The Irish though, did not have everything go right with Jordi Murphy being subbed off in the 27th minute due to a possible rib injury, which added to the Irish back row pain after losing Jack Conan earlier in the tournament.[6] Japan recorded their third victory over Samoa in Toyota with a 85th minute try from Kotaro Matsushima sealing the Japanese a 38–19 bonus point victory.[7] Russia in the final match of the tournament was hammered by Scotland 61–0 with George Horne scoring a hat-trick as the Scots became the first team in World Cup history to not concede a point from two World Cup matches.[8] A red card to Bundee Aki in the 29th minute forced Ireland to go down to 14 men but that was the only blemish with Ireland winning 47–5 over Samoa in Fukuoka. Johnny Sexton scoring two tries for the Irish.[9] Typhoon Hagibis saw the Japan–Scotland match under threat with the Scottish Rugby Union demanding legal action if it was cancelled.[10] But after an inspection deemed the match to go ahead,[11] Japan held their nerve against a fast-finishing Scotland to take home a 28–21 victory with Kenki Fukuoka scoring two tries. The win saw Japan become the first Tier 2 team to qualify since 2007, as they topped the group while Ireland finished in second place.[12]

StandingsEdit

Key to colours in pool tables
Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup
Eliminated but qualified for 2023 Rugby World Cup
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
  Japan 4 4 0 0 13 115 62 +53 3 19
  Ireland 4 3 0 1 18 121 27 +94 4 16
  Scotland 4 2 0 2 16 119 55 +64 3 11
  Samoa 4 1 0 3 8 58 128 –70 1 5
  Russia 4 0 0 4 1 19 160 –141 0 0


All times are local Japan Standard Time (UTC+09)

Japan vs RussiaEdit

20 September 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan   30–10   Russia
Try: Matsushima (3) 12' m, 39' c, 69' c
Labuschagné 47' m
Con: Tamura (1/3) 40'
Matsuda (1/1) 71'
Pen: Tamura (2/2) 44', 64'
Report Try: Golosnitski 5' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/1) 6'
Pen: Kushnarev (1/1) 61'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 45,745
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
FB 15 Will Tupou   71'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura
LW 11 Lomano Lemeki
FH 10 Yu Tamura   67'
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare   61'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné
BF 6 Michael Leitch (c)   71'
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Wimpie van der Walt   61'
TP 3 Asaeli Ai Valu   55'
HK 2 Shota Horie   75'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate   75'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima   55'
PR 18 Koo Ji-won   55'
LK 19 Luke Thompson   60'
FL 20 Hendrik Tui   71'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka   61'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda   67'
FB 23 Ryohei Yamanaka   71'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
 
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Vladimir Ostroushko
IC 12 Dmitry Gerasimov   68'
LW 11 Kirill Golosnitsky
FH 10 Yuri Kushnarev   65'
SH 9 Vasily Dorofeev   33'   42'   74'
N8 8 Nikita Vavilin
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Vitaly Zhivatov   65'
RL 5 Bogdan Fedotko   61'
LL 4 Andrei Ostrikov
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev   68'
HK 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy   65'
LP 1 Valery Morozov   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Evgeny Matveev   65'
PR 17 Andrei Polivalov   65'
PR 18 Azamat Bitiev   68'
LK 19 Andrey Garbuzov   62'
FL 20 Anton Sychev   65'
SH 21 Dmitry Perov   33'   42'   74'
FH 22 Ramil Gaisin   65'
WG 23 Vladislav Sozonov   68'
Coach:
  Lyn Jones

Player of the Match:
Kotaro Matsushima (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Nic Berry (Australia)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • This was the first Rugby World Cup opener not to feature a Tier 1 nation.
  • Kotaro Matsushima (Japan) became the first Japanese player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup, and the first player to score one in a Rugby World Cup opener.
  • Russia's try was the fastest to be scored in an opening match of a Rugby World Cup.

Ireland vs ScotlandEdit

22 September 2019
16:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland   27–3   Scotland
Try: Ja. Ryan 6' c
Best 14' m
Furlong 25' c
Conway 56' m
Con: Sexton (1/2) 8'
Murray (1/2) 27'
Pen: Carty (1/1) 68'
Report Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 21'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ireland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
FB 15 Jordan Larmour
RW 14 Andrew Conway
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki   21'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   58'
SH 9 Conor Murray   58'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier   14' to 22'   74'
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony   27'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Iain Henderson   58'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   50'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)
LP 1 Cian Healy   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Niall Scannell   74'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne   50'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   50'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne   70' to 80'   58'
FL 20 Jack Conan   14'   22'   27'
SH 21 Luke McGrath   58'
FH 22 Jack Carty   58'
CE 23 Chris Farrell   21'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour   58'
OC 13 Duncan Taylor   65'
IC 12 Sam Johnson
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw   62'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 Hamish Watson   38'
BF 6 John Barclay   53'
RL 5 Jonny Gray   65'
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist
TP 3 WP Nel   53'
HK 2 Stuart McInally (c)
LP 1 Allan Dell   62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown   38'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   62'
PR 18 Simon Berghan   53'
LK 19 Scott Cummings   65'
FL 20 Blade Thomson   53'
SH 21 Ali Price   62'
CE 22 Chris Harris   65'
WG 23 Darcy Graham   58'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend

Player of the Match:
CJ Stander (Ireland)

Assistant referees:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This was the first meeting between the two nations at a neutral venue.

Russia vs SamoaEdit

24 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Russia   9–34   Samoa (1 BP)
Pen: Kushnarev (2/2) 19', 26'
Drop: Kushnarev (1/1) 48'
Report Try: Leiua (2) 16' m, 80' m
Amosa 45' m
Fidow (2) 49' c, 53' c
Lee-Lo 63' m
Con: Pisi (2/5) 50', 54'
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
Attendance: 22,564
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Samoa
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Vladimir Ostroushko
IC 12 Dmitry Gerasimov   65'
LW 11 Kirill Golosnitsky
FH 10 Yuri Kushnarev   55'
SH 9 Vasily Dorofeev   55'
N8 8 Nikita Vavilin   65'
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Vitaly Zhivatov
RL 5 Bogdan Fedotko
LL 4 Andrei Ostrikov   65'
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev   47' to 57'   71'
HK 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy   57'
LP 1 Valery Morozov   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Evgeny Matveev   57'
PR 17 Andrey Polivalov   59'
PR 18 Azamat Bitiev   71'
LK 19 Andrey Garbuzov   65'
FL 20 Anton Sychev   21'
SH 21 Dmitry Perov   22'
FH 22 Ramil Gaisin   55'
WG 23 Vladislav Sozonov   65'
Coach:
  Lyn Jones
 
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams   65'
RW 14 Alapati Leiua
OC 13 Rey Lee-Lo   29' to 39'
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow
FH 10 Tusi Pisi   65'
SH 9 Dwayne Polataivao   40'
N8 8 Afa Amosa   33'   40'   46'
OF 7 TJ Ioane
BF 6 Chris Vui (c)
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Filo Paulo   65'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa   55'
HK 2 Motu Matu'u   31' to 40'   40'
LP 1 Logovi'i Mulipola   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Niuia   33'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile   55'
PR 18 Jordan Lay   51'
LK 19 Senio Toleafoa   65'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell   46'
SH 21 Melani Matavao   40'
FH 22 AJ Alatimu   65'
FH 23 UJ Seuteni   65'
Coach:
  Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Alapati Leiua (Samoa)

Assistant referees:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This was the first meeting between the two nations.
  • Ahsee Tuala was due to start the game, but was replaced with Henry Taefu following injury ahead of kick off.

Japan vs IrelandEdit

28 September 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
Japan   19–12   Ireland (1 BP)
Try: Fukuoka 59' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 61'
Pen: Tamura (4/6) 18', 34', 40', 72'
Report Try: Ringrose 14' m
Kearney 21' c
Con: Carty (1/2) 22'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ireland
FB 15 Ryohei Yamanaka   50'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura
LW 11 Lomano Lemeki
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare   56'
N8 8 Amanaki Mafi   31'
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné (c)
BF 6 Kazuki Himeno
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Luke Thompson   64'
TP 3 Koo Ji-won   54'
HK 2 Shota Horie
LP 1 Keita Inagaki   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima   64'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu   54'
LK 19 Wimpie van der Walt   64'
FL 20 Michael Leitch   31'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka   57'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda
WG 23 Kenki Fukuoka   50'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
 
FB 15 Rob Kearney   68'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Chris Farrell   61'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jack Carty   61'
SH 9 Conor Murray
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony   55'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Iain Henderson   66'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   61'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   61'
LP 1 Cian Healy   46'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   61'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne   46'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   61'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne   66'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   53'
SH 21 Luke McGrath   66'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   61'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   61'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Player of the Match:
Shota Horie (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Will Tupou was due to start the game, but was replaced by Lomano Lemeki due to injury ahead of kick off.
  • Iain Henderson (Ireland) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This is Japan's first victory over Ireland.
  • This is Ireland's first Rugby World Cup pool stage loss since losing 30–15 to Argentina during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
  • This is Ireland's first loss to a Tier 2 nation since losing 40–25 to Samoa in 1996.
  • This is the first time that Ireland has failed to score any points in the second half of a match since their match against France in the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

Scotland vs SamoaEdit

30 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Scotland   34–0   Samoa
Try: Maitland 30' c
Laidlaw 34' c
Penalty try (2) 57', 75'
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 31', 36'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 9'
Drop: Hogg (1/1) 38'
Report
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 27,586
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Samoa
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Darcy Graham
OC 13 Chris Harris
IC 12 Sam Johnson   64'
LW 11 Sean Maitland
FH 10 Finn Russell   75'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw   64'
N8 8 Blade Thomson
OF 7 Jamie Ritchie
BF 6 Magnus Bradbury   73'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist   52'
TP 3 WP Nel   58'
HK 2 Stuart McInally (c)   52'
LP 1 Allan Dell   13'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown   52'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   13'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson   58'
LK 19 Scott Cummings   52'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson   73'
SH 21 George Horne   64'
FH 22 Adam Hastings   75'
CE 23 Duncan Taylor   64'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend
 
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams
RW 14 Belgium Tuatagaloa   45'
OC 13 Alapati Leiua
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow   57'   75'
FH 10 Tusi Pisi   54'
SH 9 Melani Matavao   71'
N8 8 Jack Lam (c)   3'   14'
OF 7 TJ Ioane   66'
BF 6 Chris Vui
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Filo Paulo   51'   79'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa   44'
HK 2 Ray Niuia   54'
LP 1 Logovi'i Mulipola   44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Seilala Lam   54'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile   47'
PR 18 Jordan Lay   44'
FL 19 Piula Fa'asalele   51'   79'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell   4'   14'   66'
SH 21 Pele Cowley   71'
FH 22 UJ Seuteni   54'
CE 23 Kieron Fonotia   45'
Coach:
  Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Assistant referees:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This is the first time since beating Italy 29–0 in 2017 that Scotland have kept their opponents scoreless, and the first time ever against Samoa. The last time they did so at a Rugby World Cup was in 2007, when they beat Romania 42–0.
  • This is the first time that Samoa has failed to score any points in a Rugby World Cup match.

Ireland vs RussiaEdit

3 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland   35–0   Russia
Try: Kearney 2' c
O'Mahony 13' c
Ruddock 35' c
Conway 62' c
Ringrose 76' c
Con: Sexton (3/3) 4', 15', 37'
Carty (2/2) 63', 77'
Report
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Attendance: 26,856
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ireland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
FB 15 Rob Kearney   50'
RW 14 Andrew Conway
OC 13 Garry Ringrose
IC 12 Bundee Aki
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton (c)   40'
SH 9 Luke McGrath
N8 8 Jordi Murphy   27'
OF 7 Peter O'Mahony
BF 6 Rhys Ruddock
RL 5 Jean Kleyn   61'
LL 4 Tadhg Beirne
TP 3 John Ryan   58'
HK 2 Niall Scannell   58'
LP 1 David Kilcoyne   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin   58'
PR 17 Andrew Porter   58'
PR 18 Tadhg Furlong   58'
LK 19 Iain Henderson   61'
N8 20 CJ Stander   27'
SH 21 Conor Murray
FH 22 Jack Carty   40'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   50'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Igor Galinovskiy
IC 12 Kirill Golosnitsky   15'
LW 11 Denis Simplikevich   71'
FH 10 Ramil Gaisin
SH 9 Dmitry Perov
N8 8 Victor Gresev
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Anton Sychev   70'
RL 5 Bogdan Fedotko   34' to 45'   64'
LL 4 Andrey Garbuzov   50'
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev   68'
HK 2 Evgeny Matveev   40'
LP 1 Andrey Polivalov   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stanislav Sel'skiy   40'
PR 17 Valery Morozov   40'
PR 18 Vladimir Podrezov   68'
LK 19 Andrei Ostrikov   51' to 61'   50'
LK 20 Evgeny Elgin   64'
FH 21 Sergey Yanyushkin   71'
FL 22 Roman Khodin   70'
CE 23 Vladimir Ostroushko   15'
Coach:
  Lyn Jones

Player of the Match:
Rhys Ruddock (Ireland)

Assistant referees:
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

Japan vs SamoaEdit

5 October 2019
19:30 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan   38–19   Samoa
Try: Lafaele 28' c
Himeno 53' c
Fukuoka 76' m
Matsushima 80+5' c
Con: Tamura (3/4) 29', 55', 80+7'
Pen: Tamura (4/5) 3', 8', 24', 51'
Report Try: Taefu 73' c
Con: Taefu (1/1) 74'
Pen: Taefu (4/5) 10', 15', 34', 45'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Samoa
FB 15 Ryohei Yamanaka   57'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura   70'
LW 11 Lomano Lemeki
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare   63'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné (c)
BF 6 Michael Leitch   64'
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Wimpie van der Walt   68'
TP 3 Koo Ji-won   52'
HK 2 Atsushi Sakate   40'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Shota Horie   40'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima   52'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu   52'
LK 19 Uwe Helu   68'
FL 20 Hendrik Tui   64'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka   63'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda   70'
WG 23 Kenki Fukuoka   57'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
 
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams   40'
RW 14 Ahsee Tuala   55'
OC 13 Alapati Leiua
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow
FH 10 UJ Seuteni
SH 9 Dwayne Polataivao   66'
N8 8 Jack Lam (c)
OF 7 TJ Ioane   25' to 35'   70'
BF 6 Chris Vui
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Piula Fa'asalele   61'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa   56'
HK 2 Seilala Lam   56'
LP 1 Jordan Lay   66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Niuia   56'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile   66'
PR 18 James Lay   56'
LK 19 Senio Toleafoa   61'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell   70'
SH 21 Pele Cowley   66'
FH 22 Tusi Pisi   55'
CE 23 Kieron Fonotia   40'
Coach:
  Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Lomano Lemeki (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • Ben O'Keeffe was due to be part of the officiating team for this game, but swapped with Angus Gardner's appointment between England and Argentina.

Scotland vs RussiaEdit

9 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Scotland   61–0   Russia
Try: Hastings (2) 14' c, 18' c
G. Horne (3) 22' c, 45' c, 59' m
Turner 51' c
Seymour 56' c
Barclay 75' c
McInally 78' c
Con: Hastings (8/9) 15', 20', 24', 46', 53', 57', 76', 80'
Report
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
Attendance: 44,123
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
FB 15 Blair Kinghorn
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Duncan Taylor
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Darcy Graham   47'
FH 10 Adam Hastings
SH 9 George Horne   65'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson
OF 7 Fraser Brown   31'
BF 6 John Barclay (c)
RL 5 Ben Toolis
LL 4 Scott Cummings   61'
TP 3 Zander Fagerson   40'
HK 2 George Turner   65'
LP 1 Gordon Reid   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   65'
PR 17 Simon Berghan   40'
PR 18 W. P. Nel   61'
LK 19 Grant Gilchrist   61'
FL 20 Magnus Bradbury   31'
FL 21 Jamie Ritchie
SH 22 Henry Pyrgos   47'
CE 23 Chris Harris   65'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend
 
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev (c)   61'
RW 14 German Davydov
OC 13 Vladimir Ostroushko   38'   40'
IC 12 Dmitry Gerasimov
LW 11 Vladislav Sozonov
FH 10 Ramil Gaisin   65'
SH 9 Dmitry Perov
N8 8 Nikita Vavilin   58'
OF 7 Tagir Gadzhiev
BF 6 Vitaly Zhivatov
RL 5 Evgeny Elgin   50'
LL 4 Andrei Ostrikov   69'
TP 3 Kirill Gotovtsev   61'
HK 2 Stanislav Sel'skiy   61'
LP 1 Valery Morozov   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sergey Chernyshev   61'
PR 17 Azamat Bitiev   61'
PR 18 Vladimir Podrezov   61'
LK 19 Bogdan Fedotko   50'
LK 20 Andrey Garbuzov   69'
FH 21 Sergey Yanyushkin   65'
N8 22 Anton Sychev   58'
FH 23 Yuri Kushnarev   38'   40'   61'
Coach:
  Lyn Jones

Player of the Match:
Adam Hastings (Scotland)

Assistant referees:
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • This is the first meeting between the two nations.
  • Vladimir Ostroushko (Russia) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Scotland became the first team to hold their opponents to nil points more than once in a single World Cup campaign.
  • Mathieu Raynal was due to referee this game but withdrew ahead of kick off due to illness – Wayne Barnes stepped up from assistant with Alexandre Ruiz covering the assistant role.

Ireland vs SamoaEdit

12 October 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Ireland   47–5   Samoa
Try: Best 4' c
Furlong 10' c
Sexton (2) 21' c, 39' m
Larmour 48' c
Stander 65' c
Conway 70' c
Con: Sexton (4/5) 5', 11', 23', 50
Carbery (2/2) 67', 72'
Report Try: J. Lam 26' m
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ireland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Samoa
FB 15 Jordan Larmour
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Robbie Henshaw   62'
IC 12 Bundee Aki   29'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   51'
SH 9 Conor Murray   53'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 Tadhg Beirne   60'
RL 5 James Ryan   57'
LL 4 Iain Henderson
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   45'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   50'
LP 1 Cian Healy   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Niall Scannell   50'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne   57'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   45'
LK 19 Jean Kleyn   57'
FL 20 Peter O'Mahony   60'
SH 21 Luke McGrath   53'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   51'
WG 23 Andrew Conway   62'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams
RW 14 Ahsee Tuala
OC 13 Alapati Leiua
IC 12 Henry Taefu
LW 11 Ed Fidow   50'
FH 10 UJ Seuteni   29'
SH 9 Dwayne Polataivao   70'
N8 8 Jack Lam (c)
OF 7 TJ Ioane   59' to 69'   70'
BF 6 Chris Vui
RL 5 Kane Le'aupepe
LL 4 Filo Paulo   14'   17'   54'
TP 3 Michael Alaalatoa   54'
HK 2 Seilala Lam   6' to 17'   47'
LP 1 Logovi'i Mulipola   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Niuia   14'   17'   47'
PR 17 Paul Alo-Emile   47'
PR 18 Jordan Lay   54'
FL 19 Piula Faʻasalele   54'
LK 20 Josh Tyrell   70'
SH 21 Pele Cowley   70'
FH 22 Tusi Pisi   29'
CE 23 Kieron Fonotia   50'
Coach:
  Steve Jackson

Player of the Match:
Jordan Larmour (Ireland)

Assistant referees:
Romain Poite (France)
Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Japan vs ScotlandEdit

13 October 2019
19:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Japan   28–21   Scotland (1 BP)
Try: Matsushima 18' c
Inagaki 26' c
Fukuoka (2) 40' c, 43' c
Con: Tamura (4/4) 20', 27', 40+2', 44'
Report Try: Russell 7' c
Nel 50' c
Fagerson 55' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 8', 51'
Russell (1/1) 56'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
FB 15 Will Tupou   51'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura   75'
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare   51'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné
BF 6 Michael Leitch (c)   73'
RL 5 James Moore   52'
LL 4 Luke Thompson
TP 3 Koo Ji-won   22'
HK 2 Shota Horie   73'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate   73'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima   57'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu   22'
LK 19 Uwe Helu   52'
FL 20 Hendrik Tui   73'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka   51'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda   75'
FB 23 Ryohei Yamanaka   51'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour   52'
OC 13 Chris Harris
IC 12 Sam Johnson
LW 11 Darcy Graham   60'
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)   52'
N8 8 Blade Thomson
OF 7 Jamie Ritchie
BF 6 Magnus Bradbury   66'
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Grant Gilchrist   52'
TP 3 WP Nel   52'
HK 2 Fraser Brown   52'
LP 1 Allan Dell   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stuart McInally   52'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   52'
PR 18 Zander Fagerson   52'
LK 19 Scott Cummings   52'
N8 20 Ryan Wilson   66'
SH 21 George Horne   52'
CE 22 Peter Horne   61'
FB 23 Blair Kinghorn   52'
Coach:
  Gregor Townsend

Player of the Match:
Kenki Fukuoka (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • This was Scotland's 700th test match.
  • This was Japan's first win over Scotland.
  • This was the first time that a Tier 2 nation had defeated two Tier 1 nations in a single World Cup tournament.
  • With this win, Japan topped the pool and advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time – the first Asian side to do so.
  • Japan became the first Tier 2 nation since Fiji in 2007, and the fourth ever, to advance to the quarter-finals.
  • Japan became the first Tier 2 nation to top their pool and win all of their pool games.

ReferencesEdit

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