Ireland recorded a second consecutive bonus-point win in Nantes on Saturday to continue a perfect start to Pool B.
Ireland picked up a bonus-point win over Tonga on Saturday in Nantes, recording their second victory in as many games at the Rugby World Cup.
Player of the Match Bundee Aki scored two of Ireland’s eight tries, as they ran out 59-16 winners in their second Pool B match.
Ireland, who beat Romania 82-8 in their opener, recorded a second consecutive bonus-point win to continue a perfect start to Pool B, where next week’s South Africa are expected to push the Six Nations Grand Slam winners for top spot.
Captain Johnny Sexton became Ireland’s all-time points scorer with a try-scoring performance, scoring 16 points before being substituted at half-time.
Tadhg Beirne ran in Ireland’s first try after 20 minutes, and just five minutes later Caelan Doris would go over for their second.
Mack Hansen and Sexton touched down before the break, meaning Ireland went in with a 31-6 lead.
James Lowe scored his first World Cup try with twenty minutes to go, and then Aki came to life.
The Connacht man went over for his third and fourth tries of the tournament, as Ireland surged to a 59-16 win.
Andy Farrell’s side, ranked number one in the world, face reigning champions South Africa on Saturday.