The Irish Colleges Rugby team succombed to defeat in Stradbrook on Sunday (Dec 28th) against a very strong Ireland under 21 team. The Ireland under 21 side thoroughly deserved their victory outscoring their opponents 6 tries to 2. The defence and tackling play by the 21's were some of the highlights of the game and they showed great discipline in repelling the students who strung together impressives phases of play. The pace of the 21s backline had the students in trouble and tries were eventually yielded as a result of the penetration of Bowe, Finn and Lane on the 21's team.
The introduction by the Under 21s of their subsbench midway through the second half finally put the tiring students to the sword and they went on to win comfortably in the end.
Scorers: Irish Colleges - John Lilis (pen); David O'Donovan (try); Paul Hurley (try);
Ireland Under 21'sAndrew Finn (2 tries); Breifne O'Donnell (2 tries); Richard Lane (try); Tomas O 'Leary (try); Michael Glancy (3 penalties, 2 conversions); Glen Telford (conversion).(Match details courtesy of Donal Duggan)
15. Andrew Finn - Dolphin14. Richard Lane - UCC13. John Hearty - Blackrock College12. Glen Telford - Dungannon11. Tommy Bowe - QUB10. Michael Glancy - Loughborough University9. Tomas O'Leary -Cork Constitution1. John Wickham - Clontarf2. Conor Geoghegan - UCD3. Declan Fitzpatrick - Belfast Harlequins
Irish Colleges Squad.Props: Timothy Ryan (Cork Institute of Technology/UCC); Aonnraoi O'Donovan (Cork Institute of Technology/Sundays Well); Anthony Nash (Athlone Institute of Technology/BuccaneersHookers: Neil Hanna (University of Ulster @ Jordanstown/Belfast Harlequins); Frankie Leonard (University of Limerick/UL Bohs); John Currins (Cork Institute of Technology/UCCLocks: Ronan Bulger (Dublin City University/Lansdowne); Gareth Rourke University of Ulster @ Jordanstown/Ballynahinch); Niall Smullen (Athlone Institute of Technology/BuccaneersBack Row: Gareth Noonan (University of Limerick/Shannon); John Phelan (Waterford Institute of Technology/Waterpark); Brendan Cuttris (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa/Sundays Well); Daragh McDonagh (Limerick Institute of Technology/Old Crescent);Scrum Halfs: Thomas Campbell (Dundalk Institute of Technology/Dundalk): Rory Carroll (Cork Institute of Technology/Sundays Well).Out Halfs: Daithi Fitzgerald (Limerick Institute of Technology/Old Belvedere); Conor Quaid (Cork Institute of Technology/UCC).Centres: Dave Foran (Portabello College/DLSP); William Wallace (Athlone Institute of Technology/Buccaneers).Wingers: Gary Conway (Waterford Institute of Technology/Waterpark); Paul Hurley (Cork Institute of Technology/UCC); John Cleary (Galway Mayo Institute @ Galway/Galwegians); David O'Donovan (Limerick Institute of Technology/Shannon)F/Backs: Niall O'Hara (Athlone Institute of Technology/Buccaneers); Cathal Connolly (Dublin Institute of Technology(St Mary's).