Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ireland in control against Romania at Wembley

Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, is tackled by Daniel Carpo, Alexandru Tarus and Viorel Lucaci, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, is tackled by Daniel Carpo, Alexandru Tarus and Viorel Lucaci, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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.

Read more: VIDEO: Watch Tommy Bowe's try against Romania

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's Keith Earls scores their third try
Ireland's Keith Earls scores their third try
Ireland's Tommy Bowe scores their fifth try
Ireland's Simon Zebo carries the ball during the Rugby World Cup match at Wembley Stadium
Rugby Union - Ireland v Romania - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 27/9/15 Ireland's Keith Earls celebrates scoring their thrid try with Devin Toner Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge Livepic
27 September 2015; Tommy Bowe, Ireland, goes over to score his side's first try despite the tackle of Ionut Botezatu, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; Devin Toner, Ireland, takes possession in a lineout. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; Keith Earls, Ireland, is congratulated by team-mate Simon Zebo after scoring his side's second try.
27 September 2015; Simon Zebo, Ireland, touches the ball down past the Romania try-line, only for the try to be disallowed due to Simon Zebo having played the ball in touch. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Keith Earls score his side's second try.
Ireland's Tommy Bowe scores the opening try
27 September 2015; Cian Healy, Ireland, is tackled by Ovidiu Tonita and Andrei Radoi, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; Jamie Heaslip, Ireland, is tackled by Daniel Carpo, Alexandru Tarus and Viorel Lucaci, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; Simon Zebo, Ireland, is tackled by Viorel Lucaci, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; Tommy Bowe, Ireland, is tackled by Valentin Poparlan, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; xxx, Ireland, is tackled by yyy, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Simon Zebo is tackled by Csaba Gal, left, and Viorel Lucaci, Romania.
27 September 2015; Jared Payne, Ireland, is tackled by Valentin Calafeteanu, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2015; Keith Earls, Ireland, is tackled by Adrian Apostol, Romania. 2015 Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's scrum half Eoin Reddan passes the ball during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Ireland and Romania at Wembley stadium
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt speaks to Darren Cave ahead of the game.

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.

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