Right-wing Richard Lane who had earlier been informed of his inclusion in the Munster squad for the Heineken Cup knock-out phase, opened the scoring with an early try as the Irish carried the fight impressively to the highly regarded Welsh side. However, they failed to turn possession into scores and four mised shots at goal were to prove costly in the end.
The home side rallied, and raced into a 20-5 lead but to their great credit, the Irish turned in a committed closing quarter and got to within a point of the lead thanks to tries from John Hearty and Keith Matthews. David McAllister converted both and the Irish had opportunities to win but in the end the failure to convert those early opportunity proved crucial to the outcome.
Ireland Under 21.
>15. Tommy Bowe - Queens University14. Richard Lane - UCC13. Barry Murphy - UL Bohemians12. Keith Matthews - UL Bohemians11. John Hearty - Blackrock College10. David McAllister - UCC 9. Fiach O'Loughlin - Shannon 8. Stephen Keogh - UCC capt
Replacements: Shane O'Connor - Cork Constitution for McCombJohn Muldoon - Galwegians for Ronan (blood injury).