New look Ireland thrash US 71-10

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Hooker Ronan Kelleher has grabbed four tries as a young Ireland outfit thrashed the United States 71-10 in their rugby Test at Dublin.

Coach Andy Farrell's experimental side with eight new caps ran in 10 tries overall at Aviva Stadium.

The scoring blitz included four tries in 13 first half minutes that included debut efforts for Robert Baloucoune and Nick Timoney.

The hosts took complete control when the fastest man in the squad, Ulster flyer Baloucoune, looked like he was back playing for the sevens team as he snaked past the USA defence to score with virtually his first touch in green.

After their lineout started off sloppily, Ireland quickly sorted it out with Leinster's Kelleher and Ulster flanker Timoney scoring off lineout moves within three minutes of each other.

It only took another three minutes for Kelleher to add a second try after great work from the returning Andrew Conway and the increasingly assured Hugo Keenan, now a fixture at fullback having started Ireland's last 13 games.

The difference in quality gave Ireland the opportunity to really express themselves in attack with Munster No.8 Gavin Coombes, making his first Irish start, involved at almost every turn with some eye catching offloads.

Munster halfback Craig Casey and Leinster lock Ryan Baird also looked sharp in their first starts.

Kelleher looks to have made the No.2 jersey his own, matching the four-try haul that Ireland's greatest ever hooker Keith Wood managed against the USA in the 1999 World Cup.

USA flanker Riekert Hattingh's red card for a high tackle on Kelleher minutes earlier inevitably opened the floodgates further with Stuart McCloskey, Keenan, Coombes and Finlay Bealham bringing the try count to 10 while replacement Michael Baska grabbed a consolation try for the visitors.

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