Eagles, Ireland combine for 12 tries in New Jersey

HARRISON, N.J. - The world's fourth-ranked team, Ireland, scored nine tries at Red Bull Arena Saturday as the USA Men's Eagles opened the Emirates Airlines Summer Series with a 55-19 loss.

Nick Civetta, John Quill, and Ryan Matyas put the ball down in-goal in front of 22,370 fans for Head Coach John Mitchell's side in its first match against Ireland since 2013. The Eagles will stay settled at Drew University through the middle of the week, when they travel down to Georgia for the June 17 match against the 12th-ranked Lelos of the Republic of Georgia. Tickets for the second match of the Emirates Airline Summer Series are still available, starting at $20 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University.

Tiernan O'Halloran outwaited the final U.S. defender in a break three minutes into the game, finding Earls for the opening try, 5-0. Finding a rhythm with ball in hand afterwards, the Eagles did well to maintain possession inside Ireland's half. While AJ MacGinty opted against a kickable penalty from a high tackle on Ben Cima, David Tameilau had a gain-line breaking run at the 10 six minutes later nullified by a penalty in the following offload.

From the midfield lineout, Jacob Stockdale found space on the far wing to dot down in the corner. Martin Iosefo made a try-saving tackle with a half-field chase moments later, but a failed clearance kick resulted in a return in space and offload from Kieran Marmion to Earls, 17-0.

Ireland was not forced to kick much from its own end, but Civetta surprised fly half Joey Carbery in the 20th minute when the Irishman looked to get his side away from its try line. The lock charged down the attempt inside the 22 and was the first to the ball to take it over the line for the Eagles' only try of the first half.

A two-try blitz in five minutes extended Ireland's lead to 29-7 at halftime, as hooker Niall Scannell dotted down from a maul in the 31st minute and Earls found an offload after a long run at the try line for Marmion to score.

The Eagles made several substitutions in the pack at the break, though Ireland scored again from the scrum four minutes into the half via Jack Conan, 36-7. Quill replicated Civetta's try a minute later, however, as Ireland looked to clear from its own five-meter line. MacGinty converted his second for the 36-14 score line.

Mike Te'o had a chip kick near midfield recovered by Hilterbrand as the U.S. looked to counter from a kick, and sustained pressure outside the try line in the ensuing minutes resulted in Matyas dummying across the paint, 36-19. The scoring stopped there for the Eagles, as substitutes James Ryan, Luke McGrath, and Simon Zebo, respectively, brought the final score to 55-19.

Men's Eagles | v. Ireland
1. Ben Tarr (Taufete'e @ 40')
2. Peter Malcolm (Hilterbrand @ 40')
3. Chris Baumann (Ryan @ 49')
4. Nate Brakeley
5. Nic Civetta (Jensen @ 48')
6. John Quill
7. Tony Lamborn
8. David Tameilau (Durutalo @ 40')
9. Nate Augspurger (C) (Davies @ 50')
10. AJ MacGinty
11. Martin Iosefo
12. Marcel Brache (Magie @ 67')
13. Ryan Matyas
14. Mike Te'o
15. Ben Cima (Campbell @ 61')

Men's Eagles | Reserves
16. James Hilterbrand
17. Joe Taufete'e
18. Paddy Ryan
19. Matthew Jensen
20. Andrew Durutalo
21. Shaun Davies
22. Will Magie
23. Bryce Campbell

Ireland | v. USA
1. Cian Healy (Kilcoyne @ 50')
2. Niall Scannell (Heffernan @ 50')
3. John Ryan (Porter @ 50')
4. Quinn Roux (Ryan @ 61')
5. Devin Toner
6. Rhys Ruddock (C)
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jack Conan
9. Kieran Marmion (McGrath @ 61')
10. Joey Carbery
11. Jacob Stockdale
12. Luke Marshall (R. Scannell @ 40')
13. Garry Ringrose
14. Keith Earls
15. Tiernan O'Halloran (Leavy @ 72')

Ireland | Reserves
16. Dave Heffernan
17. David Kilcoyne
18. Andrew Porter
19. James Ryan
20. Dan Leavy
21. Luke McGrath
22. Rory Scannell
23. Simon Zebo

Men's Eagles | 19
Tries: Civetta, Quill, Matyas
Conversions: MacGinty (2)

Ireland | 55
Tries: Earls (2), Stockdale, N. Scannell, Marmion, Conan, Ryan, McGrath, Zebo
Conversions: Carbery (2), Ringrose, R. Scannell (2)

USA Men's Eagles | Summer 2017 Schedule
v. Ireland (Emirates Airline Summer Series) - L 55-19
v. Georgia (Emirates Airline Summer Series) - Saturday, June 17 @ 7 p.m. ET - Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University
v. Canada (Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifier) - Saturday, June 24 @ 3 p.m. ET - Tim Hortons Field
v. Canada (Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifier) - Saturday, July 1 @ 6 p.m. ET - Torero Stadium