Ireland tear Russia apart before weather forces abandonment

Emerging side awarded match points after opening game disrupted

Andrew Conway (right) scored three tries in the first half of the game against Russia, while Ian Keatley (left) scored a try and kicked five conversions. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andrew Conway (right) scored three tries in the first half of the game against Russia, while Ian Keatley (left) scored a try and kicked five conversions. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fri, Jun 13, 2014, 16:29

Emerging Ireland 66 Russia 0 (Match abandoned, Ireland awarded points): The thunder and lightning provided a welcome relief from this non-event in Bucharest today when, after 45 minutes, Welsh referee Ian Davies immediately called a halt to the procession for “player safety reasons”.

With the storm showing no sign of abating, it was agreed by all parties to abandon the game. Ireland were awarded the tournament points.

This never resembled anything like a test match as Dan McFarland’s side strolled, literally at times, to a 10-try victory in the opening Nations Cup tie at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf.

Russia’s problem was tackling, or an embarrassing ineptitude in this regard, with Andrew Conway streaking clear for three of Ireland’s eight first-half tries.

Ian Keatley claimed the first touch down after just two minutes and converted five of seven kicks before being replaced by fellow Munster outhalf JJ Hanrahan. Their new team-mate Robin Copeland joined Craig Gilroy, Tommy O’Donnell and Niall Annett on the scoring list.

But this was a pointless exercise, the Russians desperately poor in all areas.

The second half was ambling along at the same pedestrian, one-way pace with another Gilroy try and Hanrahan’s conversion pushing Ireland out to 66-0.

Then came a flash of lightning followed by thunder and driving rain on Friday the 13th no less, and it’s also a full moon, so understandably the players and officials headed for shelter.

Ireland’s next match is against Uruguay next Wednesday with summer holidays coming after facing Romania on Sunday week.

EMERGING IRELAND: J Murphy; C Gilroy, E Griffin, S McCloskey, A Conway; I Keatley, P Marshall; C Black, N Annett, M Bent; M Kearney, D Foley; D Ryan (capt), T O’Donnell, R Copeland. Replacements: JJ Hanrahan for I Keatley (35 mins), J Ryan for M Bent (44 mins).

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.