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Sunday 18 August 2019

D'arcy drama

Aussie victory takes its toll on Gordon

BRENDAN FURLONG Sports Reporter

GORDON D'ARCY looks likely to miss Sunday's World Cup game with Russia with a slight hamstring strain, writes Brendan Furlong.

D'Arcy was forced to retire midway through the second half of their marvelous first ever World Cup victory over Australia leaving them favourites to head the group with games against Russia and Italy still to play. Should they go through a group winners they will miss teams like South Africa and New Zealand, setting up a possible quarter-final game with Wales.

D'Arcy contintinued his record breaking partnership with team captain Brian O'Driscoll with a welcome return to form in a game where he reveals it was the sweetest of victories.

'Australia and ourselves knew this was a make or break game, so there was a lot to play for,' said D'Arcy. 'As a professional you love playing in big games. There is no point shining in the easy games - it is in matches against sides like Australia that count, and it doesn't come much bigger than this.'

D'Arcy was quick to identify the reason why Ireland top Pool C and will win their group if they win their remaining matches against Russia and Italy.

'You've got to give the forwards the utmost credit for that victory,' said D'Arcy.

'The front row probably had their best performance as a unit and the pack went from there. Everybody did their job and they did it that little bit better than Australia. That's how you win the big games. We love the props. As a back when you see your forwards doing that in game you know they will win you games.

'Winning down in the southern hemisphere is something we have targeted for some time. We always knew we could do it so it was great to back up a few words with a game like that. We've done it over 50 or 60 minutes but against Australia it was for 80 minutes'.

D'Arcy added: 'the amount of Irish fans in the ground really did make it feel like a home game,' said D'Arcy. 'We get great support wherever we go so it is great for us to repay that intensity the fans give us.'

D'Arcy along with Paul O'Connell, who has huge support in South Wexford, for his Uncle, Bob Quilty lives in Mayglass, will undergo scans to access the extent of their hamstring injuries.

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