Keith Earls leads Ireland past USA but fly-half Carbery is injury worry

  • USA 19-55 Ireland
  • Irish team fielding three Lions too strong for inexperienced Eagles

An injury to fly-half Joey Carbery, who had two kicks charged down for tries, interrupted a win for Ireland in a Test that showed the gap that still exists between rugby’s haves and have-nots.

In truth, the USA have more than they once did: John Mitchell’s Eagles were well drilled and well lead by two overseas pros: Sale fly-half AJ MacGinty and New Zealander Tony Lamborn on the openside flank. Still, a lack of time together and semi-pros in key positions fed into familiar problems: a scrum that struggled, a defensive line that ran ragged a little too soon. Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, with two Lions starting and another on the bench, made holes and ran through them all game.

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