Ireland in control against Romania at Wembley
It's business as usual feor Ireland against Romania at Wembley in their second match in the rugby World Cup.
An Ian Madigan penalty put Ireland ahead after a sustained period of pressure from Joe Schmidt’s men before Romania hit back with a penalty of their own.
In the home of football, Simon Zebo lit up Wembley with sublime football skills of his own in the 15th minute to go over for what would have been a sensational try but, unfortunately, the TMO showed that the Irishman had stepped out of touch.
But Tommy Bowe settled any lingering nerves among the massive Irish contingent in the 90,000 strong Wembley Crowd in the 19th minute.
Good expansive rugby by Ireland saw the ball passed wide to Simon Zebo and he, unselfishly, offloaded to the onrushing Bowe who finished well in the corner.
It was exactly what the winger needed after he was dropped from the opening day win over Canada following a below-par performance against England before the tournament.
Madigan converted the subsequent kick to give Ireland a 10-point lead.
Ireland were struggling somewhat to build any momentum but Keith Earls managed to find space down the left wing in the 29th minute as he raced clear to score Ireland’s second try. The woodwork denied Madigan the extra points but things were starting to look a bit better for Ireland as they went into the break leading 18-3.