From Alan English in Japan

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In a post-match interview, Munster’s Niall Scannell and John Ryan insisted that Ireland remain on track in the Rugby World Cup, despite widespread disappointment over their performance in beating Russia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

While Ireland eventually won 35-0, it took them more than an hour to secure the bonus point, through Munster wing Andrew Conway’s try.

“I didn’t really think it was sub-par to be honest,” Scannell said after the game.  “We had some good interplay. I thought our set piece functioned well. I thought the subs had a good impact. We are pretty positive about how it went.

“These guys (Russia) are proper rugby players,” the hooker added after winning his 18th cap. “This is international rugby. Teams are not just going to go away.”

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