Johnny Sexton injury played down by Joe Schmidt after Ireland Rugby World Cup win
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has insisted Johnny Sexton will probably benice to confront Samoa regardless of the fly-half icing his troublesome thigh after being withdrawn at the 35-0 win over Russia.
Jack Carty to the second half of his sides five-try conquer of the Bears captained Ireland for the very first time on Thursday, but substituted sexton.
Irish and british Lions fly-half Sexton had declared himself 100 percent fit to carry after overlooking Irelands shock 19-12 loss to Japan.
However, Schmidt believes Sexton is going to be ready for the final Pool A encounter on Saturday of Ireland, October 12.
Joey Carbery had been a late withdrawal, using suffered another complaint, however, Schmidt expects both men to be all set for the Samoans.
Johnnys all good and will be OK for Samoa, and Joey is good, Schmidt said following the victory over Russia.
I think Joey wouldve been fine to play with, but Conor Murray was quite keen to playwith. So Joey is fine
Rob Kearney, Peter OMahony, Rhys Ruddock, Andrew Conway and Garry Ringrose spanned as Ireland secured a vital bonus-point win.
The victory puts back Ireland having a win over Samoa thats required to be eligible for the last eight.
Jordi Murphy lasted just 26 minutes with a rib dilemma, having only arrived in Japan in midweek to substitute the Jack Conan.
Before knowing he will return to fitness ireland will wait for an update on the Ulster celebrity.
Jordi only got thrown into the ribs, so that he might have popped a rib there. We are going to have out him, explained Schmidt. So we will see what that comes like.
And Rob Kearney I believe hes alright, again were likely to offer him 50 or even 60, therefore making the shift when we didhe just felt a tiny bit tight at the groin. We just felt that it was about time to shoot off him anyhow.
Kearney hurried in Ireland World Cup attempt with a normal Schmidt set-play drawing on dividend, after only 90 seconds.
Ireland laboured through the contest, always likely to seal the win but making hard work of their objective.
Schmidts guys have nine days before confronting Samoa, with Ireland doubtless keen to break some tired bodies.
Despite some frustrations, Schmidt insisted that he remains happy with Irelands situation, together with his side able to best Pool A to Japan despite their shock loss.
I dont think we lost our strategy against Russia we simply didnt convert any opportunities, said Schmidt.
I believe there were more things that pleased me than frustrated me definitely. We began again, with two attempts.
Then we left a bit of hard labour of it. One would be to attempt if people can to get. Because the more the match goes here the more moisture there is about the ground, on the air and onto the ball, so we knew itd get more challenging as time went on.
That was probably a tiny bit of consternation in this next quarter.
Then probably to finish with the best try of the night in the end. Just to get that 35-point differential and maintain a clean sheet.
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