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Stockdale brace lifts Irish


 Leinster U18 head coach Noel McNamara. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster U18 head coach Noel McNamara. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster U18 head coach Noel McNamara. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE


Ireland defence coach Les Kiss was on hand with the Six Nations trophy to see Ireland shut out Scotland and hit home with four tries at Coolmine RFC on Sunday.

Ireland Schools head coach Noel McNamara was not about to get carried away ahead of the European Champioships: "Overall, we were pleased enough. It was their first proper game," he said.

"There are a lot of aspects of the game that we can improve on and I think we will grow out of the game."

Wallace High centre Jacob Stockdale really took the eye with a brace of tries, with Crescent wing Calvin Nash and St Michael's fly-half Matthew Gilsenan also making the whitewash.

This was Ireland's one match before they travel to Poznan in Poland for the FIRA-AER Europeans over Easter, kicking off with a quarter-final against Georgia tomorrow week.

"We won't be taking anyone for granted. We had a very narrow escape, 31-27, against Georgia last year," warned McNamara.

The coach was also keen to acknowledge the ample preparation this particular group has had compared to other years when they were squeezed for time.

"The preparation that the players get from the respective schools competitions is unique and it does prepare them.

"I don't think the other countries have that advantage or the same intensity in their domestic competitions," he added.

SCORERS – Ireland U18 Schools: J Stockdale 2 tries; M Gilsenan try, 3 cons; C Nash try. Scotland U18: R Hutchinson 2 pens.

IRELAND: J Power (Blackrock); J Larmour (St Andrew's), J Stockdale (Wallace High), C Mulcahy (Clongowes Wood), A McMahon (Rockwell); M Gilsenan (St Michael's), P Osborne (Clongowes Wood); A Porter (St Andrew's), J Molony (Clongowes Wood), C O'Donnell (Summerhill); P Claffey (Garbally), J Ryan (St Michael's, capt); W Connors (Clongowes Wood), C Cregan, M Deegan (both St Michael's). Replacements: C Nash (Crescent) for Larmour, S O'Connor (Rockwell) for Claffey) both ht; P Kiernan (Pres Cork) for Mulcahy, J Guy (St Andrew's) for Connors both 56 mins; E Boyd (Campbell) for O'Donnell, D Duggan (St Michael's) for Osborne, G Jones (St Andrew's) for Deegan all 60 mins; O O'Meara (St Michael's) for McMahon 62 mins.

SCOTLAND: R Howarth; R Norville, J Laird, G Taylor, B Robbins; R Hutchinson, A Manson; M McCallum, J Kerr, Z Fagerson; A Davidson, J Ritchie (capt); S Burnside, M Smith, A Miller. Replacements: L Anderson for Kerr, C Hunter-Hill for Ritchie both ht; H Fraser for Manson, R Nairn for Robbins both 45 mins; G Robertson for McCallum 50 mins; M McFarlane for Taylor, L Wynne for Burnside both 60 mins; C Sheldon for Fagerson 64 mins; S Burnside for Davidson 68 mins.

Referee: T Trainini (France).