Huge Jacob Stockdale Tackle On Stuart Hogg Epitomises Early Irish Dominance

Ireland have had a blistering start to their Rugby World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama as they look to begin Pool A with a victory.

Joe Schmidt’s side are currently the number one ranked team in the world and looked every bit the threat many believe them to be in the early exchanges of this one.

They took the lead in the first six minutes when James Ryan forced his way over the line after a brilliant break from Iain Henderson to settle any early nerves that may have been present.

Ireland grabbed their second try of the game less than 10 minutes later when captain Rory Best jotted down off the attacking maul.

A third followed in the 25th minute when Tadhg Furlong powered over, but nothing epitomised Ireland’s first half-dominance quiet like Jacob Stockdale’s massive hit on Scotland’s Stuart Hogg.

Stockdale powered into the Exeter Chiefs man when it looked as though Scotland had a dangerous attacking on with his hit potentially saving a try.

It’s been the perfect first half display in Yokohama and Schmidt’s side will be hoping that they can continue it in the second and lay down a marker for the rest of the group.

After yesterday’s loss to New Zealand, South Africa look as though they will more than likely be Ireland’s opponents in the quarter-final’s and the Boys in Green know that they will have to be in top form to get a victory over the Springboks.

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