Autumn International: Ireland 20 USA 10

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Ireland come out on top in a scrappy match against USA at the RDS

Every revolution begins with a single act of defiance.

Mahatma Gandhi

A quote from Mahatma Gandhi may be a strange way to start a match report but this week has been about more than this game.

Unfortunately, as I write this on Sunday afternoon, the “counter revolutionaries” have been out in force with possibly the most cosseted sport in Ireland, before, during and after lockdown, declaring a Euro 10M deficit, surely not to limit any expectations of expenditure in the women’s programme, before the men’s team blew all interest in the women’s game off the back pages by beating another team of men.

The men’s win against New Zealand will be followed by a round of negotiations with sponsors looking for an association with the winning team, the women’s win against USA not so much. The men’s team could show solidarity in the “team of us” by stating any individual or team sponsorship agreement has to be matched by a similar one with the women’s team. Hmm!

Anyway, to the game. It was far from a classic but, in an error strewn first half, tries from Beibhinn Parsons and Leah Lyons gave Ireland a 12 – 5 lead at the break before Lindsay Peat crossed for the decisive score in the second. Stacey Flood added a first half conversion and a second half penalty.

Ireland (12) 20

TRY: Beibhinn Parsons, Leah Lyons, Lindsay Peat

CON: Stacey Flood

PEN: Stacey Flood

USA (5) 10

TRY: Bulou Mataitoga, Elizabeth Cairns

A few days before the game I was predicting a fairly comfortable win for the USA despite the fact that they have only played two competitive games since 1st January 2020 compared to 12 for Ireland. I’d expected a dispirited Ireland going through through the final throes of an underperforming regime but, those small act’s of defiance, following Anthony Eddy’s pronouncements, tipped the game in Ireland’s favour.

The makeshift USA who left 7 of their key players back in the States, after last weeks game against Canada, probably played the better rugby, but not enough to overcome an Ireland side with something to prove. This, added to Sara Cox’s general inclination to interpret every infringement as one worthy of stopping play, allowed Ireland to focus on set piece to set piece.

Beibhinn Parsons opened the scoring as Ireland come out on top in a scrappy match against USA at the RDS

The opening quarter was fairly scrappy but the small crowd at the RDS didn’t care; though it took them a while to get going as well. The bulk of the noise in the opening quarter came from cheering the oppositions mistakes as both teams struggled for continuity.

Ireland finally found something when Parsons cut inside the drifting USA defence after catching a Flood cross kick, the winger making amends for squandering an earlier chance. However the USA made amends themselves, at their second attempt, when they created space out wide for winger Bulou Mataitoga to cross after an attacking line out.

Ireland went straight back up the park, after a series of penalties, for Lyons to ground the ball off the back of a maul and, with Flood adding the extras, Ireland took a 12 – 5 lead into the second half.

The USA produced the best move of the game with an expertly executed rush down the left wing, with some delightful interchanges, which ended with Elizabeth Cairns crossing for an unconverted try and they looked to be hitting their straps as centres Amy Talei Bonte and Katana Howard showed some creativity in the centre of the park.

Malone’s Neve Jones got a run out as Ireland come out on top in a scrappy match against USA at the RDS

Ireland did have one trick up their sleeve and they used it well, their lineout maul seeing Peat dot down after Mataitoga was yellow carded for dragging one down a minute earlier.

A response from the USA’s Tess Feury was denied, in one of the few occasions when the TMO was not referred to, and the game petered out with Flood knocking over a late penalty after good work by Eve Higgins.

Gallery Below

Images by Bob Given Photography

Teams

IRELANDUSA
Lauren Delany15Kayla Canett
Laura Sheehan14Tess Feury
Eimear Considine13Amy Talei Bonte
Sene Naoupu12Katana Howard
Beibhinn Parsons11Bulou Mataitoga
Stacey Flood10Megan Foster
Ailsa Hughes9Carly Waters
Lindsay Peat1Catherine Benson
Cliodhna Moloney2Saher Hamdam
Leah Lyons3Hope Rogers
Nicola Fryday4Kristine Sommer
Sam Monaghan5Alycia Washington
Ciara Griffin6Rachel Ehrecke
Edel McMahon7Rachel Johnston
Anna Caplice8Kate Zackery
Replacements UsedReplacements Used
Linda DjougangElizabeth Cairns
Eve HigginsNick James
Neve JonesOlivia Ortiz
Katie O’DwyerMcKenzie Hawkins
Kathryn DaneSara Levy
Maeve Og O’LearyHallie Taufoou
Amee Leigh Murphy CroweMaya Learned
Hannah O’Connor

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