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Sep 27, 2015 at 4.45pm UK at Wembley
Bowe (20', 62'), Earls (29', 44'), Kearney (65'), Henry (74')
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Half-Time Report: Ireland in control at Wembley

Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls both score tries as Ireland lead Romania 18-3 in their World Cup clash at Wembley.

Tries from Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls have given Ireland an 18-3 lead over Romania at the halfway stage of their Pool D clash at Wembley.

Ireland started confidently and dominated with the ball in the early stages, before Ian Madigan capitalised on a penalty to score the first points of the afternoon.

However, they were soon level again when Valentin Calafeteanu split the posts from close to the touchline after Romania's first drive forward.

Ireland's scrum half Eoin Reddan (C) passes the ball during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Ireland and Romania at Wembley stadium, north London, on September 27, 2015© Getty Images

The Irish supporters were in full voice when Simon Zebo appeared to put them ahead with a stunning piece of play on the wing, but replays cut the celebrations short when it was confirmed that the full-back had a foot out of play while retrieving his low kick on the way to sliding over in the corner.

A second penalty from Madigan did restore their advantage, and Joe Schmidt's side then delivered the first try of the match with a move that started with Earls claiming a high catch before the ball moved across the pitch quickly to reach Bowe, who survived the latest decision from the TMO by holding off a challenge to cross on the slide.

Another piece of impressive play from Zebo handed Ireland full control before the interval as he took three Romanians out of the game with an excellent pass to Earls, and the Munster wing was at full stretch to score the try in the corner before Madigan struck the post with his conversion attempt.

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Keith Earls (L) of Ireland celebrates his teams second try with Simon Zebo during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Romania at Wembley Stadium on September 27, 2015
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