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Rónan Kelleher to the four as try-happy Ireland finish season with a smile

Ireland 71 USA 10

On an idyllic sunny night in Dublin, this was the biggest crowd at a rugby recreation in Ireland for nearly a 12 months and a half. The 6,000 in attendance was double the full final week and the roar after the anthems was actually twice as loud. In return, they have been handled to one thing akin to exhibition rugby.

Ireland ran in 10 tries to at least one, with 4 of them dotted down by Rónan Kelleher, who positive has a watch for the attempt line. Rumour has it that he was needed by Warren Gatland for the Lions’ pre-tour recreation in opposition to Japan and will quickly be sure to hitch the vacationers.

Ireland operated off fast ball virtually with out interruption, had extra offloads on this recreation than most likely the remainder of the season and after the USA have been diminished to 14 males after a pink card for Pretoria-born flanker Riekert Hattingh, used the wide-wide recreation to most impact.

The enjoyable was began by Robert Baloucoune, who scored inside 17 minutes of his debut with a wide ranging end. In one gallop he was a crowd favorite and each time he touched the ball there was a buzz of anticipation – the identical additionally being true of Andrew Conway on his return earlier than departing at half-time.

Nick Timoney additionally scored on debut as did Gavin Coombes in his first begin, and have been it not for Kelleher’s exploits one ventures Coombes would have been the man-of-the-match. He graced this one-sided romp with fantastic dealing with in addition to ballast.

Caelan Doris must have had one or two to reinforce one other stylish show and with Jack Conan on Lions obligation immediately Ireland are awash with ‘8s’ within the post-CJ period.

Craig Casey, one other making his first begin, had a delightful zip to his recreation and it was good to see Joey Carbery purring in a inexperienced shirt once more, various his recreation properly, ready to tackle contact and pulling the strings easily.

These two video games have underlined that there’s a lot extra to Stuart McCloskey’s recreation than straight arduous carrying, James Hume appeared a category act and Hugo Keenan once more gave the impression to be all over the place in his thirteenth successive Test begin.

In addition to the 4 beginning debutants, one other 4 got an introduction to Test rugby which, admittedly, doesn’t come rather more mild this. Demoralised even earlier than they have been depleted, from the outset the Eagles’ defence had extra holes than a soup-strainer.

Initially, the Eagles have been stuffed with endeavour and ambition, misleadingly spending a lot of the primary quarter-hour deep in Irish territory. Thrice they turned down kicks in entrance of the posts for Luke Carty to kick to the nook as they backed their maul, which had pushed over the English line twice final week.

Ireland’s Nick Timoney scores a attempt on the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

But thrice the Irish pack defended the maul and all that huffing and puffing appeared to take extra out of the USA pack.

Like final week, the Irish lineout twice malfunctioned early on, however the first that labored noticed McCloskey form to truck it up, solely to tug again for Carbery, who went off script with a dummy, half-break and opulent offload for Conway to interrupt clear.

James Ryan instructed Carbery to take three factors earlier than Ireland opened a porous USA midfield once more off a lineout from deep.

Again McCloskey pulled the ball again for Carbery, who put Baloucoune by means of an inviting hole because the Eagles have been bamboozled by three decoy runs. Whereupon Baloucoune bamboozled Mike Te’o and Ruben de Hass, turning them 360 levels as he veered again to his proper in that Doug Howlett-like method of his and accelerated clear.

No sooner had Carty lastly taken three factors than Ryan turned three all the way down to go to the nook, the place Kelleher hit Ryan and after a sustained drive had the landing.

After Coombes launched Conway for a dash up the narrowest of corridors alongside the touchline, a number of phases later Keenan grubbered for Conway to chase and Te’o fumbled over the touchline. Cue Kelleher hitting Ryan as soon as extra and this time Timoney scored off the drive.

The fourth was most likely the decide of the ten.

From contained in the 22, once more Carbery took the pull again and once more Coombes launched Conway up the touchline as soon as extra. This time Conway regathered his quick-witted little grubber and linked with Keenan to place the supporting Kelleher over. Some mobility and tempo for a hooker.

There may need been a fifth by the break. Conway calling and profitable a pointy field kick by Casey for Tom O’Toole to say the deflection and begin a sequence of offloads by him, Conway and Ryan just for a double sort out to knock the ball from Doris’s grasp.

The first half ended with Doris having the ball dislodged from his fingers after some beautiful interlinking between forwards and backs.

It was however a quick keep of execution for the Eagles, as one other lineout drive led to a different Kelleher attempt.

After Hattingh’s 54th-minute pink card the floodgates opened. After prolonged deliberation, Mathieu Raynal adjudged that Hattingh, the son of a Springbok and who performs on the sting, caught Kelleher on the chin together with his shoulder, though the preliminary contact appeared just under that.

In any occasion, Ireland may minimize unfastened. To start with, from the following penalty for Hattingh’s excessive hit, Kelleher confirmed no unwell results as he wriggled over from one other lineout drive.

Another break by Hume led to Will Addison discovering Baloucoune on the touchline with a bounce cross and his offload afforded McCloskey a robust end within the nook to carry up the half century, Harry Byrne hitting the put up with Ireland’s solely miss.

After Coombes received turnover ball on the deck Keenan known as for and raced on to McCloskey’s chip into a very unguarded backfield.

Baloucoune was wrongly denied one attempt after which after one other gallop and offload inside by the Enniskillen flyer, Coombes gave the impression to be wrongly denied a landing.

No matter, helped by Paul Boyle, he quickly powered over off Caolin Blade’s cross after Keenan most likely ought to have given Addison the try-scoring cross.

To their credit score, the USA drew some power from their bench and their pack’s close-in driving was rewarded with a comfort rating by Michael Baska. But, off a lineout steal by Doris and extra operating amok by Balouocoune, Blade was inches away from a debut attempt earlier than his Connacht mate Finlay Bealham plunged over. Addison even landed the touchline conversion.

Smiles all spherical.

SCORING SEQUENCE – 8 minutes: Carbery pen 3-0; 17: Baloucoune attempt, Carbery con 10-0; 19: Carty pen 10-3; 24: Kelleher attempt, Carbery con 17-3; 27: Timoney attempt, Carbery con 24-3; 30: Kelleher attempt, Carbery con attempt 31-3; (half-time 31-3); 44: Kelleher attempt, Carbery con 38-3; 54: Kelleher attempt, Byrne con 45-3; 56: McCloskey attempt 50-3; 62: Keenan attempt, Byrne con 57-3; 71: Coombes attempt, Byrne con 64-3; 78: Baska attempt, Magie con 64-10; 82: Bealham attempt, Addison con 71-10.

IRELAND: Hugo Keenan (Leinster); Robert Baloucoune (Ulster), James Hume (Ulster), Stuart McCloskey (Ulster), Andrew Conway (Munster); Joey Carbery (Munster), Craig Casey (Munster); Dave Kilcoyne (Munster), Rónan Kelleher (Leinster), Tom O’Toole (Ulster); Ryan Baird (Leinster), James Ryan (Leinster, capt); Caelan Doris (Leinster), Nick Timoney (Ulster), Gavin Coombes (Munster).

Replacements: Will Addison (Ulster) for Conway (h-t), Paul Boyle (Connacht) for Timoney, Harry Byrne (Leinster) for Carbery (each 54), Dave Heffernan (Connacht) for Kelleher, Ed Byrne (Leinster for Kilcoyne (each 55), Fineen Wycherley (Munster) for Baird (58 minutes), Caolin Blade (Connacht) for Casey (60 minutes), Finlay Bealham (Connacht) for O’Toole (73 minutes).

USA: Mike Te’o (Utah Warriors); Christian Dyer (USA Sevens), Calvin Whiting (Utah Warriors), Bryce Campbell (Austin Gilgronis, capt), Mika Kruse (Utah Warriors); Luke Carty (LA Giltinis), Ruben de Haas (Austin Gilgronis); David Ainu’u (Toulouse), Joe Taufete’e (Lyon), Paul Mullen (Utah Warriors); Gregory Peterson (Newcastle Falcons), Nick Civetta (Rugby United New York); Hanco Germishuys (Rugby United New York), Riekert Hattingh (Seattle Seawolves), Cam Dolan (Nola Gold).

Replacements: Nate Brakeley (Rugby United New York) for Petersen (h-t), Kapeli Pifeleti (Saracens) for Taufete’e (48), Dino Waldren (Nola Gold) for Mullen (58), Michael Baska (Utah Warriors) for de Haas (59), Will Magie (Austin) for Dyer (64), Psalm Wooching (San Diego Legion) for Germishuys (66), Matt Harmon (Nola Gold) for Ainu’u (68), Dyer for Carty (70), Andrew Guerra (Nola Gold) for Dolan (73).

Red card: Hattingh (54 minutes).

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France).

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