Kearney stars in Ireland win

first_img Press Association Leinster wing Kearney climbed off the bench to join brother Rob in the second-half fray, and he promptly bagged two tries in 13 minutes as Ireland beat Samoa 40-9. Peter O’Mahony claimed his first Ireland try too, with replacement Sean O’Brien and wing Fergus McFadden also crossing at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Tusi Pisi quickly levelled the scores from the tee though, with Ireland ruled offside in defence. Leicester Tigers prop Logovi’i Mulipola hobbled off moments later, dealing another blow to the visitors, already without scrum cornerstone Census Johnston. George Pisi and Alapati Leiua underscored Samoa’s attacking intent with neat breaks, but neither side could force a first-quarter try breakthrough. Jackson doubled his and Ireland’s tally from the tee to open the second quarter, after further scrum pressure from the hosts. A textbook catch-and-drive lineout followed another scrum penalty, producing an impressive try for O’Mahony. Ireland drove Samoa from the middle of the 22 over the whitewash, with new coach Schmidt’s attention to detail paying immediate dividend. Samoa rallied and Tusi Pisi duly notched his second penalty – but struck a post with his third shot at goal. Fergus McFadden wriggled close after Rob Kearney’s break, before Brian O’Driscoll failed to sneak home. Italian Television Match Official Carlo Damasco then judged George Pisi to have tip-tackled Tommy Bowe, with the Northampton centre handed a yellow card. Jackson slotted his third penalty to close the half. O’Mahony’s searing break brought the second period to life, lock Mike McCarthy shoving the Munster man through a midfield hole. The 24-year-old flanker’s stray pass ruined the move, but Ireland quickly struck their second try through O’Brien. Samoa wing Brando Vaaulu horribly misjudged Jackson’s bouncing punt, O’Driscoll nipped in to steal and flash a pass out wide to McFadden in the visitors’ 22. O’Brien had only been on the field six minutes when he powered home, registering his third try for his country. Tusi Pisi and Vaaulu’s nasty clash of heads ended both men’s night prematurely, with Pisi receiving lengthy on-field treatment before being carried off via stretcher. Versatile Fotuali’i stepped out to fly-half in the wake of Tusi Pisi’s nasty head injyury. And the 31-year-old captain landed Samoa’s third penalty of the night as the final quarter took shape. Ireland hit back straight away though, with a debut try for replacement Dave Kearney, who provided a neat finish in the right corner. The 24-year-old Leinster back-three even had chance to celebrate the moment with older brother and club-mate Rob. Schmidt’s men sustained the pace, with McFadden claiming the fourth try, and his eighth in Ireland colours. At the death Dave Kearney was able to cross again, taking a scoring pass from replacement Eoin Reddan. And Ireland were able to shut out the visitors, who failed to score a try for the first time in 26 Tests. A fine start to the Schmidt era, but the ex-schoolmaster will know Ireland must offer more in the next two weeks to sustain this winning opening. Scrum power formed the bedrock of this result, with 24-year-old debutant prop Jack McGrath turning in a top-class performance. Meticulous former New Zealand schoolteacher Schmidt was famed for his attention to detail in his Leinster coaching tenure and Ireland made it abundantly clear the new head coach has transferred that thirst for detail to the international arena. Munster flanker O’Mahony’s try was the product of an inch-perfect rolling maul, the highlight of the night in terms of team play. Along with detail, Schmidt loves high intensity and accuracy. Despite the victory clamour, the new boss will definitely be keen for greater sharpness in his other two chief elements for the next fortnight, when Ireland face Australia and New Zealand. Ireland created precious few opportunities behind the scrum in the first period, but their tight-exchange superiority was enough for a 14-9 lead at the break. Samoa’s Siva Tau war dance charged the Aviva Stadium atmosphere, specially led by Brian Lima in memory of late and legendary prop Peter Fatialofa. Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson opened the scoring with a penalty after McGrath’s good scrum work and a turnover from stand-in skipper Jamie Heaslip. Dave Kearney’s two-try debut haul put the gloss on a trademark Joe Schmidt victory, the perfect way for the new coach to launch Ireland’s autumn international series.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball gets thrust into fire against Clippers’ Patrick Beverley

first_img USC gets rare win at UCLA Wife feared her husband Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Even with a smaller sample size, Walton said Ball “keeps showing more and more of what can make him really special.”“When he is on the court, his team is better,” Walton said. “The ball is moving, they are getting good shots, he is in control, he loves the moment.”Walton and the Lakers saw that regularly throughout the summer and the limited preseason.“It is just good to see it happen more and more,” Walton said, “and it is more of who he is rather than random coincidence.”Every star needs a heel, however, and in the opener that will be Beverley. A first-team all-defensive guard last year in Houston, Beverley was part of the Clippers’ return in the Chris Paul trade.“Pat Beverley hounding him all over the floor is going to be a great learning experience for him,” Walton said.Of course, Lakers fans won’t be tuning in on Thursday because they want to see great learning experiences. They want to see Ball excel from the start of his career.And if he doesn’t?“You just learn from it,” he said. “It’s 82 games, you can’t dwell on one game or you’re going to have a bunch more bad games in a row. After it happens, learn from it and just move on.”Walton said Ball would not be on a minutes restriction in his debut, at least not because of his sprained ankle. The Lakers researched what range of minutes other high lottery picks have played in recent years and developed a target range.“Most young top picks aren’t playing more than 30-35 minutes,” Walton said, “and that is the elite of the elite top young players so that is kind of where we are trying to keep our young guys in at a maximum.”It remained unclear who else will start next to Ball in the backcourt with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended for the first two games and the starting power forward spot allegedly still up for grabs despite a strong sense around the team that Larry Nance Jr. will open the season ahead of Julius Randle on the depth chart.“Everything’s always on the debate table,” Walton said. “I have a good idea of who’s starting but that can change.”NOTESThe Lakers signed Vander Blue to their remaining two-way contract. The D-League MVP last season with the L.A. D-Fenders, Blue was on the Lakers training camp roster and also starred on their Summer League entry. … Randle (intercostal strain) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and is listed as probable for Thursday. … Josh Hart was diagnosed with bursitis in his left Achilles tendon and is questionable. EL SEGUNDO — He dazzled in a practice uniform during summer league, playing against other NBA neophytes. There were those hoping to hang on, to break through, or, for his real peers, show off what made them high draft picks.At UCLA, it was other college kids.For Lonzo Ball, the matchups have never been like they will be starting on Thursday, when, with just 57 minutes of preseason experience under his belt, the point guard makes his long-awaited Lakers debut in the season opener against the Clippers.Related Articles “He has never played in this type of game before,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said, “where the guards and the players are this good and this strong, and he is going against grown men. A team full of them.”center_img Dogs at Wilson Park Pet of the Week Family has unique solution to gas prices AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat doesn’t mean Walton is worried.“He will be fine,” he said. “I think he will rise to the challenge like he has his whole life.”The first weeks of Ball’s rookie season will be full of tests both large and small. A debut matchup against Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley could easily be characterized as rookie hazing.“I have been watching the NBA for a long time,” said Ball, 19. “He definitely picks up full court and plays hard. It is going to be a lot of fun.”The sprained ankle that kept Ball out of the final four exhibition games also reduced the number of opportunities the coaching staff had to evaluate Ball.last_img read more

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