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  1. Ireland labour to win over USA

    Ireland labour to win over USA

    Ireland laboured to an error-strewn 22-10 victory over an emotional and fiercly committed United States in their rugby World Cup opener. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Ireland
    • United States
    • FT That's that match over and done with and Australia will remain top of Pool C courtesy of their bonus point with Ireland just behind them. The USA and Italy will sit in the middle of the table while Russia have yet to play
    • 80+2 CONVERSION USA! 22-10! Malifa adds the extras with the last kick of the game and that is a reasonable scoreline for the US.
    • 80+1 TRY USA! 22-8! Paul Emerick intercepts a pass before accelerating away for a try unchallenged. Well deserved for the Americans that try.
    • 79' The aptly named Usasz does brilliantly well to collect the ball on his own tryline and clear the danger without succumbing to the pressure as the clock ticks over the just one minute remaining
    • 77' The US eventually clear with Todd Clever coming out of the scrum with the ball. They don't even make it as far as the halfway line though so the danger is not over yet
    • 75' Ooh, handbags as a scuffle breaks out after Ireland have pushed to within metres of the line before being held up. Joubert just lets the pushing and shoving play itself out before awarding Ireland the scum
    • 74' Another strong scrum from Ireland draws the infringement and they kick for territory and the lineout
    • 71' Johnson puts in a huge hit on Reddan before Moeakiola draws the infringement from Ireland, who are penalised for not releasing the ball
    • 70' The US scrum is under an immense amount of pressure as Ireland again push them backwards before getting lucky when they hold on to the ball despite a shocking pass from O'Gara that is nowhere near any of his team
    • 67' Another Irish line-out on the 10m line sees desperate defence from the US, and they succeed in pushing Ireland back towards the halfway line.
    • 64' A great line-out from Ireland sets up Flannery to break and made a good 15m before the US recover and hold him back. The referee deems an unintentional infringement at the ruck and that'll be a scrum to Ireland
    • 60' CONVERSION IRELAND! 22-3! This time O'Gara does manage to get his kick right in between the posts from the left wing, almost exactly the same position as his last attempt
    • 58' TRY IRELAND! 20-3! Ireland are beginning to run away with this now as Brian O'Driscoll does what he does best, pulling the US wide before feeding back inside to Bowe, who dives and slides over for his second try of the match
    • 57' Ireland's issue at kicking continues as O'Gara fails to add the extra couple of points from the conversion, pulling his kick wide across the front of the goal from the left wing
    • 57' TRY IRELAND! 15-3! Ireland hit back almost immediately after the the re-start with Rory Best being the man sent over the lline after receiving it 5m out
    • 55' PENALTY USA! 10-3! The US go for the certain points and Paterson lands what is a fairly easy kick right in front of the posts
    • 53' The US get within 10m of the tryline through a series of phases. Ireland are holding firm in defence but eventually concede the penalty when they are penalised for not rolling away. Will the US take the three points or go for the try?
    • 51' Ronan O'Gara comes on for Sexton, who has had a mixed day, doing well in open play but really struggling with his kicking
    • 48' Emerick steps over the top over the ruck as Murray hesitates on clearing the ball. But the move ends up in an US line-out and Ireland have squandered their possession
    • 45' Another chance goes begging as Sexton is off the mark with a kick that he pulls wide of the left post. Clever is down for the US, having some treatment to his right elbow, and that would be a disaster for the States
    • 44' Sexton has the distance to land the penalty from halfway line but he doesn't have the direction as he pulls his kick wide of the left post
    • 43' Ireland get a very early chance to further extend their lead when the USA scrum once again collapses on the halfway line
    • 41' Petri gets the second half underway for the USA ...
    • HT So that's it for the first half. It's another close match at half time and the USA will be pretty pleased with that. Ireland have had the vast majority of possession though and will be a little frustrated heading into the interval.
    • 40' CONVERSION IRELAND! 10-0! Sexton easily adds the extra two points for Ireland with the final kick of the half, a fairly comfortable kick from pretty much right in front of the posts.
    • 40' TRY IRELAND! 8-0! Finally Ireland break through and it is Sexton who does the hard work before offloading to Bowe, who dives over the line for the five points
    • 38' Sexton breaks from the back of the scrum and gets within 10m before being brought down by Scully's last-gasp defence. Ireland retain possession though with a couple of minutes to go ...
    • 36' Another wave of Irish attack reaches the 22 through Murray before Sexton kicks towards the corner for Bowe to chase. The Irish winger can't quite get there before the ball bounces out of play and we'll get back to the 22 for a US line-out
    • 33' Murphy drops the a high ball on his own 22 and it dribbles out allowing the USA an attacking line-out
    • 30' Murray also makes a couple of metres before Bowe is penalised for a forward pass, although not until being put down by Clever with a big hit!
    • 28' Ireland reach the US 22, continuing to recycle the ball through a number of phases before O'Driscoll breaks through a tackle and finds Darcy. Darcy is brought down but manages to retain posssession ...
    • 25' USA continue to push for the tryline as Ireland have a defensive line out roughly 15m away from the line before pushing up to the half-way line before kicking upfield
    • 21' In the now driving rain, Petri pulls his kick across the front of goal and wide of the right post. The USA really need to take those chances today if they are to stand any chance
    • 20' Clever nearly breaks through the Irish defence after a charge down but can't quite get through. They will have a chance to score some points though after Ireland are penalised for offside ...
    • 16' PENALTY IRELAND! 3-0! This time Sexton does land his kick, drilling the ball right through the centre of the posts. Ireland take the lead
    • 16' Clever is the latest to give away a penalty to Ireland when he is caught coming in over the top after a promising break from Murray
    • 14' The rain is making this a fairly scrappy start but the USA are certainly not being outplayed so far, although Ireland are clearly stronger in the scrum picking up 10m
    • 11' Again Sexton misses, this time pulling his kick wide of the right post
    • 10' USA are definately up for this clash and are racing into every tackle but they are caught offside at the ruck and Sexton will have a second chance to kick at the posts as the rain starts to fall once again
    • 8' An absolutely huge hit from Scully sees Bowe drop the ball just five metres out from the American line and they will have a chance to clear after the knock-on
    • 6' Keith Earls is looking a little dazed after Tommy Bowe's head hitting his chin at the breakdown. Earls is still receiving treatment but there are no obviously signs of injury
    • 4' Sexton has an early chance to get points on the board for Ireland when the USA are penalised at the scrum. But he pulls his kick wide and the US escape ...
    • 3' It's not currently raining in New Plymouth but it has been for much of the day causing the pitch to have a fair amount of surface water on it
    • 1' Jonathan Sexton gets the clash underway for Ireland ...
    • - There was a minutes silence before the national anthems in honour of the 9/11 victims and now we are just about ready to go ...
    • - South Africa's Craig Joubert is the referee for this match and guess what? We have a nice little article about him as well. All you have to do is click here
    • - If you want to know more about the stadium where this clash is being played - Taranaki Stadium, just click on our stadium rundown here
    • - The USA will line-up like this today: B Scully; T Ngwenya, P Emerick, A Suniula, J Paterson; R Suniula, M Petri; M MacDonald, P Thiel, S Pittman, J van der Giessen, H Smith, L Stanfill, T Clever (capt), N Johnson. Replacements: C Biller, M Moeakiola, S LaValla, P Danahy, T Usasz, N Malifa, C Hawley.
    • - The USA will be looking for an emotional win today, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Not too much is known about the American team so if you need to want to know more click here for a full rundown
    • - Ireland today will look like this: 15-Geordan Murphy; 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Brian O'Driscoll, 12-Gordon D'Arcy, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray, 8-Jamie Heaslip, 7-Shane Jennings, 6-Stephen Ferris, 5-Paul O'Connell, 4-Donncha O'Callaghan, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Tom Court. Replacements: 16-Jerry Flannery, 17-Tony Buckley, 18-Donnacha Ryan, 19-Denis Leamy, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Ronan O'Gara, 22-Andres Trimble
    • - A couple of years ago, Ireland were the Grand-Slam winning Six Nations champions but they have struggled a little since then turning in very mixed performances. They will be pretty confident heading into today's clash though. If you need to know more, he's our handy guide to the team
    • - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from Ireland v USA, the second of the Pool C games for today. This one is taking place at Taranaki Stadium in New Plymouth
  • Summary

    Ireland versus United States
    Bowe 40’, 61’, Best 56’ Tries Emerick 81’
    Sexton 41’, O'Gara 62’ Conversions Malifa 82’
    Sexton 16’ Penalties Paterson 54’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Ireland

    Manager: Declan Kidney

    On the Field

    • Court Substitution Out (65′)
    • Best Try Substitution Out (62′)
    • Ross
    • O'Callaghan
    • O'Connell
    • Ferris
    • Jennings Substitution Out (62′)
    • Heaslip
    • Murray Substitution Out (51′)
    • Sexton Substitution Out (51′)
    • Earls
    • D'Arcy
    • O'Driscoll
    • Bowe Tries×2
    • Murphy Substitution Out (67′)

    Subs

    • O'Gara Substitution In (51′)
    • Reddan Substitution In (51′)
    • Flannery Substitution In (62′)
    • Leamy Substitution In (62′)
    • Trimble Substitution In (67′)
    • Buckley Substitution In (65′)
    • Ryan

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • United States

    Manager: Eddie O'Sullivan

    On the Field

    • MacDonald Substitution Out (63′)
    • Thiel Substitution Out (68′)
    • Pittman
    • van der Giessen
    • Smith
    • Stanfill
    • Clever
    • Johnson
    • Petri Substitution Out (67′)
    • Suniula Substitution Out (60′)
    • Paterson
    • Suniula
    • Emerick Try
    • Ngwenya
    • Scully

    Subs

    • Malifa Substitution In (60′)
    • Moeakiola Substitution In (63′)
    • LaValla
    • Usasz Substitution In (67′)
    • Hawley
    • Biller Substitution In (68′)
    • Danahy

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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