Ireland vs USA live updates

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Updated: September 11, 2011

Ireland 22 vs 10 USA, 7am, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Full Time

Live Commentary:
Full-Time Ireland win 22-10 after two tries from Tommy Bowe and one from Rory Best, but it was a very poor performance from Ireland. Ireland controlled all the set pieces and still failed to get a bonus point.

80 min Try for the USA! Paul Emerick scores his 15th test try. Gordon D’Arcy throws an aimless pass around midfield. Emerick intercepts and is left to run half the field and score under the post. Malifa adds the conversion.
79 min Paul O’Connell wins the lineout. O’Gara chips the ball forward and Earls almost catches it on the USA line. The bounce favours the USA, however.
78 min Penalty for Ireland and O’Gara kicks into the corner. One last chance for Ireland.
77 min The USA surprisingly win the ball back at the scrum. Opportunity missed for Ireland.
76 min USA penalised again from the scrum. Prop Moeakiola goes straight to ground.
74 min O’Connell claims the lineout and Ireland push towards the USA line. The USA are penalised and it will be a scrum for Ireland about five yards from the USA line.
73 min Ronan O’Gara kicks for the corner from a penalty as Ireland try to score a fourth try.
73 min Ireland are in danger of missing out on a bonus point.
72 min Ireland have 12 handling errors compared to the USA’s five.
71 min More scrappy play and poor ball handling from Ireland.
67 min Substitution for Ireland. Andrew Trimble comes on for Geordan Murphy. Keith Earls moves to full back.
67 min Brian O’Driscoll loses control of the ball on the left wing to end another Irish attack.
66 min The USA win a lineout at their own try line.
65 min Substitution for Ireland. Tony Buckley, the heaviest player at the World Cup, replaces Tom Court.
60 min O’Gara adds the conversion. Impressive shot from the out-half.
59 min Try for Ireland! It’s a second try for Tommy Bowe. Ireland spread the ball out wide. Tommy Bowe finds Brian O’Driscoll on the left wing. O’Driscoll returns the ball to the winger and Bowe finishes the move.
58 min Brian O’Driscoll kicks the ball into the USA’s half.
57 min Ronan O’Gara misses the conversion from a difficult angle.
56 min Try for Ireland! The Irish pack pushes forward towards the USA line. Rory Best peels off the back of the pack and scores in the corner.
55 min Ireland have won 12 lineouts to the USA’s nine.
54 min Penalty for USA. James Patterson scores the USA’s first points of the Rugby World Cup.
53 min Donncha O’Callaghan is penalised for not rolling away.
52 min The USA keep hold of possession ten yards from the Irish line.
51 min Double Substitution for Ireland. Ronan O’Gara comes on Jonathan Sexton and Eoin Reddan replaces Conor Murray.
50 min Sexton slips but manages to kick the ball away. It could be his last input as Ronan O’Gara is ready to come on.
45 min Sexton misses again. Poor effort from the out-half.
44 min Another penalty to Ireland. This time straight in front of the posts.
43 min Another disappointing effort for Sexton as the ball goes left and wide.
42 min An early penalty for Ireland and Sexton will go for the posts.
41 min The second half is underway.

Half-Time Ireland reach the interval with a 10-0 lead. Ireland have been dominant in the scrum but have produced a generally poor performance in the first 40 minutes. Both sides have struggled to hold onto the ball in the wet conditions. Sexton missed two early penalties, while a couple of opportunities were wasted after knock-ons. Tommy Bowe’s try gives Ireland a comfortable half-time lead, but Ireland will have to improve markedly in the second half to lay down a marker.

40 min Try for Ireland! Tommy Bowe scores Ireland’s first try of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Ferris passes to Sexton, who quickly offloads to Bowe. The winger then runs the ball in to give Ireland a boost just before half-time. Sexton adds the conversion to give Ireland a 10-0 lead at the break.
39 min Sexton’s line break gives Ireland some momentum as Ireland move inside the USA 22.
38 min Stephen Ferris makes a good line break but is brought down.
36 min A Sexton kick is almost brought down by Tommy Bowe near the USA line.
34 min Ireland have had 52 per cent of possession so far.
33 min Players on both sides are finding it hard to hold on to high balls. Tommy Bowe and Geordan Murphy drop Garryowens within sixty seconds.
31 min Another strong scrum from Ireland, but Tom Court concedes a penalty for offside.
30 min A hard hit on Rory Best dispossesses him near the USA line.
29 min Opportunity missed for Ireland. The ball is worked over to D’Arcy on the right wing, who tries a reverse pass to Bowe, but the ball bounces off the winger’s chest for a knock-on. Some encouraging play from Ireland.
28 min Ireland build slowly in the USA half.
27 min Paul O’Connell wins his fifth lineout of the day.
25 min Worrying, the game has been played in Ireland’s half in recent minutes.
23 min The USA have come into the match more in the last five minutes and have been on constant attack. Very scrappy play from both sides, however.
21 min The USA’s first scoring chance is wasted as Siniula’s penalty goes to the right.
20 min A Conor Murray kick is blocked and USA go on the attack. Penalty is awarded for offside.
19 min USA scrum half Mike Petri produce a great kick down the right touchline to gain a lot of ground for the USA.
17 min The players are having to deal with wet and slippery conditions. Sexton falls over trying to catch a ball near his own line, but recovers well.
16 min Penalty for Ireland. Sexton opens his World Cup account with a confident penalty.
15 min Paul O’Connell wins a lineout in the USA half. Conor Murray makes a good line break and Todd Clever is penalised at the ruck. Another penalty opportunity for Sexton.
13 min A kick forward almost bounces into the hands of Ngwenwa near the Irish line.
12 min Tommy Bowe is unchallenged but drops the ball to give the USA a scrum around midfield.
11 min Sexton shoots to the right again.
10 min Another penalty and Sexton will go for the posts this time.
8 min Ireland win the line-out and patiently attack the USA line. Brian O’Driscoll receives a heavy tackle to stop the attack’s momentum.
7 min Penalty against USA hooker Phil Thiel. It’s from a promising kicking position, but Sexton goes for the corner.
5 min Earls makes a good break through the USA line, but receives a big hit and loses the ball.
4 min Sexton hits it to the right and wide.
3 min A strong scrum sees Ireland quickly gain ten yards and a free. Sexton is going to go for an early three points.
2 min Early scrum for Ireland in the USA half.
1 min Jonathan Sexton kicks off and we’re underway.
0 min The national anthems are being sung and Ireland’s 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign is about to kick off.

Line Ups:

Ireland: 15 (Leicester) Geordan Murphy, 14 (Ospreys) Tommy Bowe, 13 (Leinster, capt) Brian O’Driscoll, 12 (Leinster) Gordon D’Arcy, 11 (Munster) Keith Earls, 10 (Leinster) Jonny Sexton, 9 (Munster) Conor Murray, 1 (Ulster) Tom Court, 2 (Ulster) Rory Best, 3 (Leinster) Mike Ross, 4 (Munster) Donncha O’Callaghan, 5 (Munster) Paul O’Connell, 6 (Ulster) Stephen Ferris, 7 (Leinster) Shane Jennings, 8 (Leinster) Jamie Heaslip

Replacements : J Flannery (Munster), T Buckley (Sale), D Ryan (Munster), D Leamy (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), R O’Gara (Munster), A Trimble (Ulster)

USA: 15 Blaine Scully (Unatt), 14 Takudzwa Ngwenwa (Biarritz), 13 Paul Emerick (Life University), 12 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins), 11 James Paterson (Highlanders), 10 Roland Suniula (Boston), 9 Mike Petri (New York AC), 1 Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), 2 Phil Thiel (Life University), 3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), 4 John van der Giessen (Unatt), 5 Hayden Smith (Saracens), 6 Louis Stanfill (Unatt), 7 Todd Clever (Suntory, capt), 8 Nic Johnson (Unatt)

Replacements : C Biller (Golden Gate), M Moeakiola (Bobigny 93), S LaValla (Stade Francais), P Danahy (Life University), T Usasz (Nottingham), N Malifa (Glendale), C Hawley (Olympic Club)

Preview:

by Alan Conway

It’s almost showtime. The Ireland rugby team will get their World Cup campaign underway this coming Sunday when they face an old friend, Eddie O’Sullivan and America in their opening match in of their Pool C group.

Much has been made of Ireland’s from coming into this World Cup, having lost all their four warm up games, however the time to perform is now and they have the chance to gain some much needed confidence with a win over America.

For Ireland to win a number of elements will have to be improved. Starting the game strongly, firstly, has to be much better than it was in the warm up games, particularly in the England, where Ireland were bullied off the park.

They cannot afford to start slowly, especially against an American team who will be fire up, given the game will be played on the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Support at the breakdown will also have to be on the money against the States. A feature of the warm up games was how little support players offered at ruck time. Quick, fast ball will have to be a priority for Ireland to gain momentum and the upper hand.

The selection of Conor Murray at scrumhalf adds a number of options to the Irish play. Murray will be looking to spread the wide as quickly as he can, to drag America over the park and create space for Brian O’Driscoll and co.

If Ireland is to win the game then one requirement will have to be there for the 80 minutes. Intensity. Aside from the opening salvo against France the lack of intensity that Ireland had to their play was striking.

They have to be first to everything against America. If they allow America a toe into the game, it could become very static and stop start, which would play into the hands of Eagle Eddie’s side.

Motivation could also come into play for some of the Irish players when the take the field at 7 am Irish time. Both Jamie Heaslip and Tommy Bowe were left out of the World Cup squad, hard as it is to believe, by former coach Eddie O’Sullivan.

While both players have shone in that four year period, you feel that personally, along with Geordon Murphy, they would just like it to stick it to Eddie, on the stage where he never selected them to perform.

Ireland should win this with a bit in hand, with Australia coming down the road a week later, Declan Kidney will be looking for the “golden generation” to shimmer on the stage that their careers were made for. Ireland to win, but performance, and a warning shot to the rest of the competition, would be welcomed to.

Betting (Paddy Power): 1/200 Ireland, 80/1 Draw, 20/1 USA. Handicap odds (USA + 35pts) Evens Ireland, 30/1 Draw,
Evens USA.
Forecast : Ireland to beat the handicap.

IRELAND v USA

Referee : Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth, On TV: RTE 2, ITV, Setanta tomorrow, 7am

IRELAND

15 (Leicester) Geordan Murphy, 14 (Ospreys) Tommy Bowe, 13 (Leinster, capt) Brian O’Driscoll, 12 (Leinster) Gordon D’Arcy, 11 (Munster) Keith Earls, 10 (Leinster) Jonny Sexton, 9 (Munster) Conor Murray, 1 (Ulster) Tom Court, 2 (Ulster) Rory Best, 3 (Leinster) Mike Ross, 4 (Munster) Donncha O’Callaghan, 5 (Munster) Paul O’Connell, 6 (Ulster) Stephen Ferris, 7 (Leinster) Shane Jennings, 8 (Leinster) Jamie Heaslip

Replacements : J Flannery (Munster), T Buckley (Sale), D Ryan (Munster), D Leamy (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), R O’Gara (Munster), A Trimble (Ulster)

USA

15 Blaine Scully (Unatt), 14 Takudzwa Ngwenwa (Biarritz), 13 Paul Emerick (Life University), 12 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins), 11 James Paterson (Highlanders), 10 Roland Suniula (Boston), 9 Mike Petri (New York AC), 1 Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), 2 Phil Thiel (Life University), 3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), 4 John van der Giessen (Unatt), 5 Hayden Smith (Saracens), 6 Louis Stanfill (Unatt), 7 Todd Clever (Suntory, capt), 8 Nic Johnson (Unatt)

Replacements : C Biller (Golden Gate), M Moeakiola (Bobigny 93), S LaValla (Stade Francais), P Danahy (Life University), T Usasz (Nottingham), N Malifa (Glendale), C Hawley (Olympic Club)

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