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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Kiss crew too powerful for Uruguay

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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Emerging Ireland's Michael Allen makes a break through the Uruguay defence during the IRB Nations Cup game in Bucharest. Photo: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
Emerging Ireland's Michael Allen makes a break through the Uruguay defence during the IRB Nations Cup game in Bucharest. Photo: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
Billy Holland of Emerging Ireland is tackled by Uruguay's Federico Favaro during the IRB Nations Cup encounter in Bucharest. Photo: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
Billy Holland of Emerging Ireland is tackled by Uruguay's Federico Favaro during the IRB Nations Cup encounter in Bucharest. Photo: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
Michael Allen of Emerging Ireland contests a high ball against Uruguay's Federico Favaro during the IRB Nations Cup clash in Bucharest. Photo: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
Michael Allen of Emerging Ireland contests a high ball against Uruguay's Federico Favaro during the IRB Nations Cup clash in Bucharest. Photo: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE

Emerging Ireland ensured they made it back-to-back bonus point victories at the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest with a seven-try demolition of Uruguay.

Emerging Ireland 51 Uruguay 3

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Ireland's defence coach Les Kiss watched from the stands and he will have been impressed by what he saw given that for the consecutive game, Dan McFarland's side kept their opposition tryless.

Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Uruguay did open the scoring courtesy of a Joaquin Prada penalty, but after that, it was all about Ireland's pace and power.

First half tries from Craig Gilroy, Michael Kearney and Paddy Butler, plus two JJ Hanrahan conversions and a penalty, had Ireland in complete control at the break (22-3).

The only downside to a positive first half display was a hand injury to Munster flanker Sean Dougall.

There was no let-up in the second half as Ireland scored a further four tries to claim the bonus point.

Butler scored the fourth try from the base of a 52nd-minute scrum, while Uruguay's indiscipline didn't help their plight as they had Mathias Braun and Federico Favaro sin-binned in quick succession.

Ireland were awarded a penalty try before Billy Holland finished off an excellent move. Hanrahan converted all three early second half tries.

Replacement scrum-half Paul Marshall got in on the action when he dotted three-minutes from time and there was still time left for Ian Keatley to knock over a last-minute penalty to complete the rout.

Ireland face Romania in their final game of the tournament on Sunday.

Emerging Ireland: C Gilroy (A Conway 76); J Murphy (c), B Macken, E Griffin (I Keatley 58), M Allen; JJ Hanrahan, L McGrath (P Marshall 43); J Ryan, B Byrne, R Lutton (C Black 49); M Kearney (D Foley 35), B Holland; T O'Donnell, S Dougall (R Copeland 12), P Butler (J Tracy 66).

Uruguay: J Etcheverry; F Favaro, P Deal (G Lijtenstein 67), J Prada (c), G Gibernau; R Silva, A Duran; M Sanguinetti (O Duran 43) (A Roman 67), C Arboleya (N Klappenbach 56), J Echeverria, C Soares de Lima (F Lamanna 43), M Beer (A Nieto 54), A Alonso (J de Freitas 75), F Bascou, M Braun.

Referee: M Mitrea (Italy).

Irish Independent

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