Ire­land puts away Canada 52-21 in Dublin

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Ire­land’s sec­ond-stringers up­held their unbeaten rugby record against Canada in a 52-21 win at Lans­downe Road on Satur­day.

Ire­land swapped out the en­tire start­ing XV which up­set New Zealand last week­end, to rest them for the re­match in Dublin next week­end.

Eight Ir­ish­men in the match­day 23 made their de­buts against Canada, and there were re­calls for stand-in captain Peter O’Ma­hony and fel­low flanker Sean O’Brien af­ter long-term in­juries. It added up to a dis­jointed per­for­mance that took an hour to sub­due Canada.

Canada had just scored its third con­verted try to close to 28-21 when, from the kick­off, winger

DTH van der Merwe spilled the catch in the tackle of op­po­site Keith Earls, Ire­land re­gath­ered the ball, drove to the line, and big lock Ul­tan Dil­lane went over off a ruck.

Soon af­ter, the Ir­ish pack earned a pushover try for scrumhalf Kieran Marmion, and Paddy Jack­son’s sixth con­ver­sion made it 42-21.

Ire­land closed with a sec­ond try for full­back Tier­nan O’Hal­lo­ran from a break by Garry Rin­grose, and the eighth and last try to re­place­ment hooker James Tracy on de­but.

Coach Joe Sch­midt was go­ing to take a long hard look at video of the match be­fore chang­ing the first Ire­land side to top­ple the All Blacks in 111 years. Video of New Zealand’s 68-10 win over Italy in Rome on Satur­day was also on his must-do list. “We an­tic­i­pate they’ll be very, very tough com­ing here, and they may have (lock) Brodie Re­tal­lick, and maybe even (lock) Sam White­lock back,” Sch­midt said.

“Those early balls we got off their li­ne­out (in Chicago) po­ten­tially won’t be avail­able to us, there­fore we might not be able to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion and ex­press our­selves, there­fore we might be try­ing to con­tain them. We’ve just got to make sure we be as good on both sides of the ball as we can be.”

The longer the Ir­ish went against Canada, the bet­ter they were.

But de­spite all the changes, Ire­land was out of the gate fast. Marmion set up Earls for the open­ing try, and Ire­land bombed a cou­ple of chances be­fore a nice back­line move ended with Jack­son putting winger Luke Mar­shall in a gap to the right cor­ner.

Canada tied the score at 14, hit­ting back with a Van der Merwe in­ter­cept try, and driv­ing the other winger, Tay­lor Paris, over in a rolling maul. Mo­men­tum swung back to the home side from an ac­ci­den­tal turnover by Canada. Earls burst away then prop Fin­lay Beal­ham off­loaded to O’Hal­lo­ran, who was cut­ting back and streaked in from 45 me­ters out.

Ire­land be­gan the new half with a penalty try, when Canada col­lapsed a pushover scrum at­tempt. Then Canada came back again, catch­ing Ire­land’s backs hold­ing off. Full­back Matt Evans man­aged to touch the ball down in O’Hal­lo­ran’s tackle. But sec­onds later, the Ir­ish scored from the restart, and the stoic Cana­di­ans couldn’t re­cover. —AP

GRANADA: Mace­do­nia’s de­fender Kire Ristevski (C) kicks the ball dur­ing the FIFA qual­i­fy­ing Group G foot­ball match Spain vs Mace­do­nia at Los Carmenes sta­dium in Granada, on Satur­day. — AFP

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