- Pool B: Ireland 59-16 Tonga
- Bundee Aki scores two of Ireland’s eight tries
In the context of an intensely demanding Pool B, this proved to be a near-perfect night for Ireland in Nantes. An attacking bonus point was secured by half-time, the game all but won. The inspirational and insatiable captain, Johnny Sexton, crossed for his third try of the tournament, overtaking Ronan O’Gara to become his country’s leading points scorer.
A try, four conversions and a penalty made it a 16-point return for Sexton, moving his total to 1,090. The Leinster fly-half downplayed the record afterwards, saying another fluent Irish victory was not about individual achievements, at the same time conceding it was a “lovely personal milestone”.
Written by Luke McLaughlin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/sep/16/ireland-tonga-rugby-world-cup-match-report under the title “Johnny Sexton becomes Ireland’s record points scorer in victory against Tonga”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.