An inspired second half performance by Ireland saw them pull away from Italy and win by 36-6 and qualify to meet Wales in the quarter final of the World Cup next weekend.

Up 9-6 at half time Ireland finally broke open the game with a Brian O'Driscoll try early in the second half.

From then on they ran rampant and were completely dominant over an Italian side that had looked dangerous in that first half.

The other quarter final match ups are England v France, South Africa versus Australia and New Zealand and Argentina.