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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 October, 2003, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Irish display pleases Wood
Keith Wood was well pleased by the Irish performance against Namibia

Captain Keith Wood was delighted after Ireland chalked up a record World Cup win over Namibia on Sunday.

The Irish ran in 10 tries at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney to go to the top of Pool A, a point ahead of Australia.

"We can take an awful lot of out that," said Wood.

"The weather was horrendous and there were a lot of mistakes but we can gloss over that.

"To score that number of points and put them under constant pressure makes me very happy and it has put down a marker for our game against Argentina next week.

"Namibia should be proud of the manner in which they played. They put in a lot of effort but as a team our skill was very good.

"We wanted to try and play pretty hard but the conditions were awful."

Alan Quinlan, scorer of two tries, said Ireland had achieved their target.

'Played in patches'

"Obviously the conditions played a big part and we made a lot of mistakes, but to score 10 tries was very pleasing," said Quinlan.

"Namibia stuck at it and are a courageous team.

"We had to keep the ball tight and there were a lot of rolling mauls.

"We played in patches but it was satisfying."

Irish lock Paul O'Connell is in danger of being suspended after being penalised for stamping.

The match referee Andrew Cole awarded a penalty after the touch judge spotted the offence but did not show a yellow card.

O'Connell could face a charge of careless use of the foot as Namibia coach Dave Waterston said they would be citing an Irish player.





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