KYLE Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook will be on the Irish plane home from the WorId Cup – no doubt scratching their heads at the format that has seen them eliminated despite a playing record of two wins and a narrow loss from three.

Ireland wrapped up their World Cup with a 34-6 win over Wales in the baking heat at the Rectangular Stadium, Perth.

The game marked the final game of league for former Saint Shannon McDonnell who hung up his boots afterwards.

There was no consolation for a depleted Welsh side featuring three Saints players in their ranks in Morgan Knowles, Regan Grace and youngster Ben Morris with the latter of those crossing for the Dragons’ only try.

Ireland opened when centre Api Pewhairangi went over after just seven minutes.

Saints winger Grace got a sniff of the tryline but Michael McIlorum came hurtling across to force him to put a foot into touch as he grounded one-handed.

Oliver Roberts and Joe Philbin soon made it 18-0 and another Welsh hammering looked on the cards.

Skipper Liam Finn made light of some soft Welsh defence to force his way over from dummy half to make it 22-0 at the break, but the one way traffic was soon halted.

Wales showed plenty of spirit and were rewarded when Saints’ youngster Morris, playing in the centres, ran strongly to get the ball over the whitewash for a 58th-minute try, which was converted by Courtney Davies.

Ireland rattled in two further scores in the last quarter, Roberts’ second and one from Liam Kay to wrap up the scoring.