6 Nov 2008

Richards inspires Irish World Cup boilover

6:42 am on 6 November 2008

Ireland has upset Samoa 34-16 to advance to a semi-final qualifier at the rugby league World Cup.

The underdogs Ireland needed to win by five points to finish top of the pool and bolted to a 14-0 lead at Parramatta Stadium, despite taking a defensive pummeling in the first 10 minutes.

Samoa had two potential tries to skipper and five-eighth Nigel Vagana and hooker Terrence Seuseu rubbed out by video referee Steve Ganson then .

Winger Pat Richards scored three tries and kicked five goals for 22 points.

It's a new record for Ireland, eclipsing Steve Prescott's bag of 14 against Samoa eight years ago.

And it could have been an even bigger night for the former Wests Tigers premiership winner who missed with five of his ten kicks at goal.

Samoa got back to within two points late in the first half before Ireland scored the next 16 points.