Despite a late come-back from Scotland, the Ireland Under 19s kept their compsure to hold on for a 28-22 victory at the IRB/FIRA World Championships at Creteil, Paris, yesterday
Despite a late come-back from Scotland, the Ireland Under 19s kept their compsure to hold on for a 28-22 victory at the IRB/FIRA World Championships at Creteil, Paris, yesterday.
First half-tries from Brett McNamee and Ross McCarron, and a conversion and two penalties from outhalf Barry Keeshan had Ireland 18-10 in front at the interval.
Ireland went further ahead when McCarron scored his second try, which Keeshan converted, but the Scots struck back in injury-time with a try to cut Ireland’s lead to just three points (25-22).
However, Keeshan then had the final say with a penalty five minutes into injury-time.
Ireland’s final game will be against either England or Wales on Sunday at Stade Jean Bouin, home to Stade Francais.
Ross McCarron – UCD; Kieran Geraghty – Colston College, Greg Stafford – Lansdowne, Breiffne O’Donnell – UL Bohemians, Marc Hewitt -Skerries; Barry Keeshan – UCC, Steven Auld – Belfast Harlequins; Frank Leonard – UL Bohemians, Gary Maxwell – Dungannon
John Andress – Belfast Harlequins; Lewis Stevenson – Belfast Harlequins, Mark Melbourne – Garryowen; Brett McNamee – Northhampton, Oisin Hennessy – Dungannon, Anthony Kavanagh capt – Garryowen.
Robert Quinn – UCC, Robert Sweeney – St. Marys, Ronan Loughney – UL Bohemians, Tim Ryan – Highfield, Cillian Willis – Blackrock, Paul McKenzie – Loughborough University, Gareth Steenson – QUB, Richard McCarter – QUB, Colm Treston – Blackrock, Thomas Horner – Belfast Harlequins, Daniel Smith – Colston College