Rugby Union: Irish open North American tour by routing Canada

VANCOUVER - Barry Murphy, Ian Whitten and Tony Buckley each scored a try and Ian Keatley booted two penalty kicks to give Ireland a 25-6 victory over Canada here on Saturday in an international rugby match.
The Irish took command with a try in the 63rd minute, Ulsterman first-capper Whitten taking a pass from centre Darren Cave and scoring with Keatley, another making his senior-level debut, adding the conversion for a 20-6 Ireland edge.

Rugby Union: Irish open North American tour by routing Canada
Buckley followed four minutes later with a final try and while Keatley missed the conversation he still earned man of the match honours.
Ireland grabbed the lead in the 18th minute when Cave chipped a kick to Murphy for a try to open the scoring and Keatley converted.
Canada trimmed the deficit to 7-3 at half-time on James Pritchard's penalty from 10 metres out after 38 minutes.
Pritchard booted another penalty from 35 metres three minutes into the second half to pull the hosts within a point, but Keatley answered with penalty kicks from 30 metres in the 57th minute and a left-side angle in the 61st.
Six starters in all earned their first caps for the Irish, who play the United States on May 31 at Santa Clara, California.

Sunday, May 24th 2009

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