Samoa call for Ireland's Aki to escape ban for high tackle

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during press conference ahead of Samoa clash

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during press conference ahead of Samoa clash

"We can't control what happens with the Japan-Scotland game, so on Saturday it's up to us to get our business done as best we can", he said.

Next up: Ireland saved themselves the bother of an anxious Sunday having sealed their progress to the quarter-finals in Tokyo next weekend but they must still wait to discover their opponents.

Aki, who is of Samoan descent, was red carded in the 29th minute for a unsafe high tackle on Ulupano Seuteni, leading with his shoulder in the No 10's face.

Ireland moved atop Pool A with 16 points, two more than Japan and six clear of Scotland.

"We go out, we play our game".

Best got the first try in the fourth minute from a driving maul.

"This is probably one of the biggest games that we could play and win, being ranked where we are (14th) and they are in the top five in the world".

If that game is called off, Japan and Ireland will advance to the quarterfinals.

In the unlikely event that Scotland win without a bonus point and Japan get two losing bonus points (lose by seven points or fewer as well as score four tries), then the hosts will be tied on points with Ireland in the pool, and win the group by head-to-head tiebreaker.

Ireland captain Rory Best has been delighted with his side's reaction to their shock loss against Japan.

Scotland and Japan, the two other contenders, will not know until hours before kick-off on Sunday whether their game will go ahead as the typhoon powers towards their Yokohama venue.

The All Blacks are in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals but who they will play remains a mystery as the force of Super Typhoon Hagibis continues to impact the tournament. "With the stability and performance the key considerations, World Rugby and JR 2019 took the decision to re-turf the playing surface following significant wear caused by the France versus U.S. match after heavy rainfall as a outcome of Typhoon 17".

But this one went ahead as planned, with only light wind swirling around Hakatanomori Stadium for the 7:45 p.m. kick off.

"It's an honor and hopefully we will finish on a high", Kalamafoni says.

"For us as players, we want to leave with a bit of pride in the jersey".

"The most pressure we feel is what we put on ourselves, and we build well".

In his post-match comments, Jackson said there was "no malice" in Aki's hit on Seuteni, saying he hoped there would be no suspension for the 29-year-old center, who was born in New Zealand and is of Samoan descent.

The game which was initially anticipated to be called-off was given a go-ahead by World Rugby after Super Typhoon Hagibis changed course but nevertheless the teams had hard conditions to encounter at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. New Zealand is going to be a very different challenge. So New Zealand and England both topped their groups and Italy missed a chance to push for a spot in the knockout rounds. Ireland's forwards took centre stage in the second half as they overpowered Samoa with some gallant carries to lay the foundation for three more tries by Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway.

"Our primary consideration is the safety of everyone". "Knowing that we're on an airplane on Monday, going home - to have a scalp like that would be great", Samoa coach Vaeluaga Steve Jackson said.