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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Match Commentary: Eagles vs. Ireland

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The Eagles start their summer series today against Ireland. NBCSN has the action live.

USA Line-up (caps)

Forwards: Ben Tarr (7), Peter Malcolm (4), Chris Baumann (17), Nate Brakeley (9), Nic Civetta (5), John Quill (20), Tony Lamborn (7), David Tameilau (6); Backs: Nate Augspurger (8), AJ MacGinty (11), Martin Iosefo (2), Marcel Brache (1), Ryan Matyas (3), Mike Te'o (4), Ben Cima (4); Bench: James Hilterbrand (9), Joe Taufete'e (9), Paddy Ryan (0), Matt Jensen (2), Andrew Durutalo (15), Shaun Davies (5), Will Magie (4), Bryce Campbell (5)

Ireland Line-up

Forwards: Cian Healy (67), Niall Scannell (4), John Ryan (6), Quinn Roux (1), Devin Toner (47), Rhys Ruddock (13) (C), Josh Van Der Flier (7), Jack Conan (1); Backs: Kieran Marmion (13), Joey Carbery (3), Jacob Stockdale (0), Luke Marshall (9), Garry Ringrose (8), Keith Earls (59), Tiernan O'Halloran (3); Bench: Dave Heffernan (0), David Kilcoyne (17), Andrew Porter (0), James Ryan (0), Dan Leavy (2), Luke McGrath (2), Rory Scannell (0), Simon Zebo (33)

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Pre-game: This is a big one for the Eagles but remember the focus is on Canada in a couple of weeks.
Pre-game: We've got Ryan Trost on the ground in Ireland. Hopefully there is some good audio post-match.
Pre-game: You what you want about NBC but they certainly make things dramatic.
0: And we're underway!
1: Carbery botches a kick and the Eagles recover. They go through several phases. MacGinty tries the grubber but it doesn't work.
2: Keith Earls try! The Eagles miss a key tackle and Ireland are in early. Far too simple. Tameilau missed the tackle and no one could recover. Carbery's kick is no good. 5-0.
5: First scrum goes alright for the Eagles. They are on the attack now but can't make many meters.
7: Ireland called for a high tackle. Eagles elect not to go for the penalty but for the lineout at the 22.
10: Eagles go through a bunch of phases but never really get past the 22. Ball goes out to Ireland who nearly go the other way.
11: Ireland lose two lineouts in a row bailing the Eagles out.
12: What a move by MacGinty to make the break and offload to Tameilau. Unfortunately it's knocked on a little later.
13: Second scrum not as good for the Eagles as it gives up a penalty.
14: Try Jacob Stockdale! Tamelau smashes an opponent but the ball had already gone to Earls who then pasted out to Stockdale. Ringrose hits the conversion. 12-0.
17: Carbery chips ahead and Earl is on his way but Iosefo pulls him into touch.
18: Earls try! Another slipped tackle and Ireland pass a couple of times for the easy try. Carbery misses the conversion again. 17-0 with a quarter of the match played.
20: Nic Civetta try!!! He charges down the kick and recovers for the score. Well done! MacGinty's kick is good. 17-7.
26: Ireland pushing on a maul. The U.S. defense holds up and they clear.
27: Lamborn called for side entry. Ireland going for the corner rather than the posts.
28: Will Magie is on for Marcel Brache. Brache made a big tackle. Not sure if it's blood or something else.
32: Ireland try! Niall Scannell had the honors off a good maul. Iosefo tries to get there at the end. Carbery misses again. Anyone think that ball was knocked on? 22-7.
35: Try Marmion! He recognized no one was home on the scrum, passed to Earls, and then got it back for the try. This time Carbery makes a conversion. 29-7.
37: U.S. get a penalty and the U.S. go for the lineout. Just a few minutes left in the half. U.S. are pushed back after the lineout and Cima knocks it on. Brache back in for Magie.
40: John Quill with a big win at the breakdown. MacGinty tries to kick it out but some trial law says they have to do the lineout. Ireland don't really contest the lineout and the Eagles kick it out.
Halftime
40: Second half is underway! Andrew Durutalo and Joe Taufete'e on for Tameilau and Tarr.
44: Try Ireland! The scrum does the work and Jack Conan finishes. Carbert hits the kick. 36-7.
46: Quill try!! He charges down the kick and is in. That's twice Carbery has been blocked. MacGinty's kick is good. 36-14.
48: Matt Jensen and James Hilterbrand on for Civetta and Malcolm. Paddy Ryan in for Baumann.
50: Eagles finally getting something going but it's a forward pass. Iosefo off, Shaun Davies on. He'll play scrumhalf and Augspurger will move to the wing.
53: The Eagles get a new front-row and it leads to a penalty on Ireland.
55: Ryan Matyas!!! Well done from the Eagles. It all started with that penalty win. Ryan did a quick tap that got them forward. Davies w/quick ball to get the Eagles on the move. That's how the Eagles are going to get back in this game.  MacGinty's conversion is off. 36-19.
58: Taufete'e with a big win at the breakdown. Durutalo nearly had a couple before that.
59: Ireland go for the try but they are held up. Penalty advantage was being played for Ireland.
60: Bryce Campbell on for Ben Cima.
61: Ireland try! James Ryan has been on a minute but scores as Ireland find the overlap. Earls makes it happen. Rory Scannell's conversion is off the post. 41-19.
67: Luke McGrath crashes over for Ireland. The Hamilton, Ontario native. Rory Scannell's conversion is good. Eagles 19-48 Ireland.
70: Will Magie is on for Brache.
71: Mike Te'o is making moves right now. Great pass from Will Magie but unfortunately the Eagles are taken into touch.
74: Simon Zebo try! Ireland kicked across the pitch, couldn't gather it initially but it went backward. The conversion from Scannell is good. 55-19.
78: Eagles with some possession albeit on broken play. Magie's kick is too long.
80: Zebo kicks it out and that's full-time.

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