Ireland claimed Saturday an easy 47-5 rout of Samoa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, to provisionally top the Group A standings, pending the result of the clash between Japan and Scotland to determine which team will advance to the next phase.

With today’s result, Ireland bagged a total of 16 points out of four matches, ahead of second-placed Japan (14 points) and third-placed Scotland (10), who have played three encounters.