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Rugby World Cup 2011: Ireland v Russia as it happened

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By Rob Hodgetts

Ireland skipper Leo Cullen: "A few guys got opportunities this week and it was important we carried on the momentum of last week. We tried a few different combinations this week and Russia posed us alot of problems, particularly in the first part of the second half. And our support has been phenomenal everywhere we've been."

Full time
80 mins: Ireland 62-12 Russia
The ref brings Russia's misery to an end in Rotorua as Ireland march on towards the later stages of this World Cup. A few sticky patches and some losses of concentration if you have to nit-pick but a comfortable win and a good chance to get all of Ireland's squad involved before the tournament gets more serious.

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78 mins: TRY Ireland 62-12 Russia
The men in green have a line-out on the left in Russia's 22 and Jamie Heaslip's catch sets up a ruck from which they hammer at the Russian front. Ireland win a penalty and opt for a scrum and the ball is fed out quickly to the right. Sexton tries to sidestep his way over before prop Tony Buckley barges over near the right corner flag. Sexton badly slices his conversion kick.

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71 mins: TRY Ireland 57-12 Russia
Ireland come again with a strong run from Andrew Trimble which sets up good field position and Shane Jennings is the man to crash over under the posts.

68 mins: Ireland 50-12 Russia
Another huge surge from Ireland, with good running from Jamie Heaslip and a series of short passes working the crowd into a frenzy. But again they seem to be forcing it and the ball goes to ground to give Russia a scrum on their 22. The pack creak as Ireland flex their muscles but a penalty against Ireland gives Russia the chance to clear with the boot.

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63 mins: TRY Ireland 50-12 Russia
Denis Leamy, who came on for O'Callachan, escapes the Bears' clutches and jinks his way upfield with a dummy and a shimmie and Ireland surge to within yards of the Russia line. But with a perfect scoring platform, Ronan O'Gara sends out a poor pass and Russia intercept to ease the pressure. However, Ireland come again, first down the right, then across to the left and a long pass from Trimble gets it to Heaslip and then Rob Kearney to score in the left corner. O'Gara converts and then goes off to give Jonathan Sexton a go.

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58 mins: TRY Ireland 43-12 Russia
Great break through midfield from Vladimir Ostroushko and a nice hand-off and deft short pass to his left sets up Denis Simplikevich to muscle his way over in the corner for Russia's second as Ireland lose their focus.

55 mins: Ireland 43-7 Russia
Paddy Wallace and Fergus McFadden combine well and take Ireland to within a few metres of the Russian line but the Bears' defence is still keen and they drag down McFadden before Leo Cullen is penalised for coming in from the side and a chance goes to waste. Shane Jennings comes on for Sean O'Brien at open-side flanker.

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51 mins: TRY Ireland 43-7 Russia
And there's another score...but no, not this time, it's a much-cherished try for Russia. Skipper Alexander Yanyushkin makes a good break and full-back Vasily Artemyev is on his shoulder to add to the gloss and scamper over the line unopposed.

Gerry Lynch on Twitter: : "Watched the Ireland-Aus match in Baghdad, following this un by text in Cape Town as is'nt on terr TV here. Back in Belfast for 1/4s."

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48 mins: TRY Ireland 43-0 Russia
Ireland go through the motions, pressing up the middle before the ball is fed out to the left and Keith Earls slices through Russia's line to bag his second. Earls is then replaced by Geordan Murphy and O'Gara adds the conversion. Mike Ross is also on for Cian Healy.

45 mins: Ireland 36-0 Russia
Russia advance deep into Ireland's 22 and the men in green are forced to defend a line-out not too far from their line. But Donncha O'Callaghan makes a clean catch and Ireland clear.

41 mins: Ireland 36-0 Russia
Back under way and immediately full-back Rob Kearney and prop Cian Healy take the attack to Russia. The Bears, though, get in a little early probing of their own until a fumble hands the ball to Ireland and Isaac Boss kicks upfield to snuff out any threat.

Half time
0650 BST: Ireland 36-0 Russia
So fives tries, four conversions and a penalty to Ireland. They went through a quiet period about two thirds of the way through but remained patient and were rewarded with three quick tries at the end. Awake now? Hopefully the sight of Earls, Kearney and O'Brien rampaging around Rotorua has invigorated you.

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TRY 40 mins: Ireland 36-0 Russia
Andrew Trimble
scores his first try in 22 games after he chases and pounces on a bouncing ball knocked into Russia's in-goal area by Andrey Garbuzov. More Irish surging, with contributions from Rob Kearney and Jame Heaslip, see Garbuzov deliberately knock down an Ireland pass. The ref says that he should get binned but he'll let him off, given the game situation. And that's half-time.

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38 mins: TRY Ireland 31-0 Russia
...And almost immediately, Andrew Trimble escapes the Bears' clutches and despite a suspect forward pass, Keith Earls is awarded a try in the left corner. That's the bonus point secured so barring one of the biggest upsets in sporting history, Ireland will lead pool C by three points.

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36 mins: TRY Ireland 24-0 Russia
Ireland rumble to the Russian 22 and they earn a penalty which they opt to run. A tap to the hulking Jamie Heaslip sets up a series of probes at the Bears' line and from a huge bundle under the posts, Isaac Boss burrows over. The ref gets a second opininon form the TV official but it's quickly awarded. O'Gara makes no mistake with the conversion.

35 mins: Ireland 17-0 Russia
Something occurs at the bottom of a ruck as a scuffle breaks out with Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien getting up snarling and finger-pointing.

32 mins: Ireland 17-0 Russia
Ireland probe with a good attack from Rob Kearney but skipper Leo Cullen is penalised and Russia find touch to ease the immediate pressure.

29 mins: Ireland 17-0 Russia
More Russian possession and they are growing into the game, although they are not making that much headway with the ball. Eventually the Bears are penalised for hands in the ruck and Ireland pour forward in green waves. But just as I'm about to end the entry, Vladimir Ostroushko pouches O'Gara's crossfield kick and hares off up the right wing, but doesn't back himself against lock Donncha O'Callaghan and the attack comes to nothing.

26 mins: Ireland 17-0 Russia
Ireland's attack fizzles out as they pick up a penalty and Russia enjoy a few minutes with their hands on the ball. They probe down the right and then recycle the ball left and earn a penalty deep in Ireland's 22 which they pump into the stands. Russia take it cleanly but it's not straight and Ireland win a scrum and clear their lines.

18 mins: Ireland 17-0 Russia
Ireland prop Tony Buckley is penalised for collapsing a scrum and Russia pump the ball into touch on halfway. Rachkov returns from the sin-bin and Ireland win the line-out and launch another attack.

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15 mins: TRY Ireland 17-0 Russia
Sharp run from Keith Earls, playing at outside centre instead of his usual wing position, sets up another promising platform and Irish open-side flanker Sean O'Brien slices through the Russian line to score easily. O'Gara adds two more in the sunshine as a huge double rainbow appears over the ground.

Yellow card
10 mins: TRY Ireland 10-0 Russia.
Russia's Konstantin Rachkov earns himself a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on as Ireland press down the left. Declan Kidney's men get a line-out in Russia's 22 and a clean catch and big drive takes them to within inches - in fact most of them are over the line - but they can't quite get the ball down and Russia spoil. But an Ireland scrum ensues and the ball is fed out quickly to O'Gara, who chips over into the right corner for Fergus McFadden to chase and touch down. O'Gara converts.

6 mins: PENALTY Ireland 3-0 Russia
Big early surge from the Irish pack with Donnacha Ryan, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip among those making bullocking runs. Ireland get to within inches of the Russian line but a penalty is awarded and O'Gara peers through the lashing rain to stroke it through the posts.

0601 BST: And we're off, and both fly-halves get boot to ball and both line-outs gets a chance to limber up their jumping skills. Ireland try an early run from their 22 but nothing doing and Ronan O'Gara bangs one down into touch deep in Russia's half.

0600 BST: A win for Ireland - and with respect to Russia, defeat is highly unlikely - would see them lead group C by two, possibly three points and favourites to clinch a quarter-final spot against, probably, Wales or maybe Samoa. Russia prop up the group with one bonus point from two defeats.

0555 BST: A quick reminder of the sides. Ireland: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden (both Leinster), Keith Earls (Ulster), Paddy Wallace, Andrew Trimble (both Ulster), Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin (all Leinster), Tony Buckley (Sale), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster), Leo Cullen (captain, Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip (both Leinster). Replacements: Rory Best (Ulster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Denis Leamy (Munster), Shane Jennings, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton (all Leinster), Geordan Murphy (Leicester).

Russia: Vasily Artemyev, Denis Simplikevich, Andrey Kuzin, Sergey Trishin, Vladimir Ostroushko, Konstantin Rachkov, Alexander Yanyushkin (captain), Victor Gresev, Andrey Garbuzov, Artem Fatakhov, Adam Byrnes, Denis Antonov, Alexander Khrokin, Valery Tsnobiladze, Sergey Popov. Replacements: Evgeny Matveev, Ivan Prishchepenko, Alexey Travkin, Alexander Voytov, Andrey Bykanov, Mikhail Sidorov, Mikhail Babaev.

0545 BST: So let's concentrate on Ireland v Russia - the Irish have made 10 changes, one positional, for the Pool C match. Leinster lock Leo Cullen leads the side on his World Cup debut, with coach Declan Kidney resting most of his senior players for the upcoming match against Italy on 2 October. Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Paul O'Connell and Tommy Bowe are all stood down, the latter trio all carrying injuries after the 15-6 victory over Australia which has left the Irish favourites to clinch top spot in Pool C

0540 BST: Morning all, and welcome to the first of two live text commentaries from the World Cup. First up, Ireland take on Russia in Rotorua at 0600 BST followed by Scotland v Argentina in Wellington at 0830 BST. I'll be your host, so get in touch via Twitter or 81111 on the text. It might be early where you are, but fatigue is just a function of motivation. Or something like that. Let's rock.

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see also
Rugby World Cup fixtures and results
26 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup tables
09 Aug 06 |  Tables
Ireland 62-12 Russia
25 Sep 11 |  Irish
Kidney hits back at Horan claims
23 Sep 11 |  Irish
Australia 6-15 Ireland
17 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Ireland 22-10 USA
14 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Russia 6-13 USA
15 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Italy 53-17 Russia
20 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup 2011 team guide
08 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union

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