Making the most of their opportunities early on and then producing a resolute defensive display helped Ireland Schools to a 12-8 victory over England Schools at Kingston Park
Making the most of their opportunities early on and then producing a resolute defensive display helped Ireland Schools to a 12-8 victory over England Schools at Kingston Park in Newcastle.
Barry O’Mahony touched down for a first half try which Robert Kearney converted and they increased their lead through a Sean Cronin try mid-way into the second half, a score that was created by good approach work from scrum-half Duncan Williams.
The home side opened their account with a penalty from full back Ryan Davis and they scored a late try when Joe Ansbro touched down in the closing stages.
Ireland Schools: Robert Kearney (Clongowes Wood College); Rory Drysdale (Belfast Royal Academy), Tom Gleeson (PBC Cork), Darren Cave (Sullivan Upper School), Peter Shallow (Rockwell College); Conan Doyle (Ard Scoil Ris), Duncan Williams (CBC Cork);Tony O’Kane (St Gerard’s School), Sean Cronin (Ard Scoil Ris), Paul Collins (Templeogue College), Jamie Cornett (Royal School Armagh), Devin Toner (Castlenock College), Diarmuid Laffan capt (Blackrock College), Barry O’Mahony (Crescent College), David Pollock (Royal School Dungannon).
Replacements. Liam Casey (Ard Scoil Ris) for Collins. Darren O’Reilly (Blackrock College) for Cornett. Jonathon Shortt (CBC Cork) for Rrysdale.
England Schools: Ryan Davis (Colston’s Collegiate School); Joe Ansbro (Stonyhurst College), Oliver Mansbridge (Colston’s), Tom Youngs (Gresham’s School), Nicholas Abendanon (Cheltenham College); Shane Geraghty (Colston’s), James Honeyben (Royal Grammar School); Kevin Davis (Colston’s), Alan Keylock (Bromsgrove School), Daniel Howick (St Brendans VI Form College), Jordan Crane capt ( Colston’s), George Robson (Bromsgrove School), Gary Holmes (Bablake School), Marc Howgate (Leicester Grammar School), Donald Barrell (Watford Grammar School).
Replacements:Tom Croft (Oakham School), Matthew Mullan (Bromsgrove School), Mark Rylance (Merchant Taylor’s School, Crosby).