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‘A’ Side Miss Out On Churchill Cup Final

‘A’ Side Miss Out On Churchill Cup Final

The Ireland ‘A’ team missed out on a chance to qualify for the Churchill Cup final for the first time on Saturday. Click here for the match details.

…Leinster utility back Robert Kearney – his lengthy drop goal was one of the highlights for Ireland ‘A’ in their clash with the Maori…


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IRELAND ‘A’ 6 NEW ZEALAND MAORI 27, Buck Shaw Stadium (Att: 4,000)

Scorers: Ireland ‘A’: Pen: Paddy Wallace; Drop: Robert Kearney

NZ Maori: Tries: Shannon Paku, Liam Messam, Hosea Gear, Thomas Waldrom; Cons: Callum Bruce, Matt Berquist; Pen: Bruce

TIME LINE: 11 minutes – New Zealand Maori try: Shannon Paku – 0-5; conversion: missed by Callum Bruce – 0-5; 31 mins – New Zealand Maori try: Liam Messam – 0-10; conversion: Callum Bruce – 0-12; 40+4 mins – Ireland ‘A’ penalty: Paddy Wallace – 3-12; Half-time – Ireland ‘A’ 3 New Zealand Maori 12; 42 mins – Ireland ‘A’ drop goal: Robert Kearney – 6-12; 46 mins – New Zealand Maori penalty: Callum Bruce – 6-15; 70 mins – Ireland ‘A’ red card: Roger Wilson; 71 mins – Ireland ‘A’ yellow card: Jamie Heaslip; New Zealand Maori yellow cards: Joe McDonnell, Mike Noble; 74 mins – New Zealand try: Hosea Gear – 6-20; conversion: Matt Berquist – 6-22; 77 mins – New Zealand Maori try: Thomas Waldrom – 6-27; conversion: missed by Matt Berquist – 6-27; Full-time – Ireland ‘A’ 6 New Zealand Maori 27

IRELAND ‘A’: Bryn Cunningham; Simon Keogh, Kieran Lewis, David Quinlan, Robert Kearney; Paddy Wallace, Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, John Fogarty, Tom Court, Trevor Hogan, Matt McCullough, Roger Wilson, Shane Jennings (capt), Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements used: Neil McMillan for Jennings (8-13, 23-28 mins), Tomas O’Leary for Keane (46), Ronan McCormack for Hogan (55), Eoghan Hickey for Cunningham (67), Brian Blaney for Fogarty, Declan Fitzpatrick for Court (both 80), Damien Browne for Heaslip (80+1).

NEW ZEALAND MAORI: Shannon Paku; Anthony Tahana, Richard Kahui, Neil Brew, Hosea Gear; Callum Bruce, Chris Smylie; Joe McDonnell, Scott Linklater, Deacon Manu, Kristian Ormsby, Paul Tito, Jono Gibbes (capt), Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam.

Replacements used: Luke Mahoney for Linklater (52 mins), Mike Noble for Manu (59), Thomas Waldrom for Ormsby (62), Matt Berquist for Bruce (69), Cory Jane for Tahana, Corey Tamou for Smylie (both 76), Jake Paringatati for Messam (78).

Referee: Andrew Small (England)
Touch judges: Peter Allen (Scotland), Phil Smith (Canada)

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