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Nine-try Ireland account for USA

By Sacha Pisani
Ireland’s Keith Earls

A rampant Ireland scored nine tries in a comprehensive 55-19 victory over the United States in New Jersey.

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Ireland kicked off their tour in style Saturday thanks to Keith Earls’ first-half double at Red Bull Arena.

Debutants Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan ran in tries in a youthful side, while Niall Scannell, Kieran Marmion, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath and Simon Zebo were also on the scoresheet for Ireland, who led 29-7 at half-time.

It took Ireland only three minutes to hit the front after Tiernan O’Halloran played in Earls in the left corner, though Joey Carbery was unable to convert.

Stockdale capped his international bow with a try as he raced through to score and Garry Ringrose added the extras for a 12-0 lead.

Earls was at it again, while Scannell and Marmion all crossed over before the interval after Nick Civetta gave the Americans something to cheer about.

Civetta blocked down a Carbery chip to claim an easy five-pointer in front of the posts.

Carbery’s difficult day continued in the second half after he was charged down by John Quill, while Ryan Matyas reduced the deficit to 36-19.

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The result, however, was never in doubt as Conan, McGrath, Ryan and Zebo crossed over.

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