Ireland U-20s must step it up in Athlone - Moloney
Connacht flanker Rory Moloney is hopeful that the Irish U-20 side can build on their big win over Italy when they take on France at Dubarry Park this evening (7.05).
Moloney was one of the stars as Nigel Carolan's reign as Ireland U-20 coach got off to a flying start with a 47-15 victory in difficult conditions in Biella last weekend.
Moloney, a native of Abbeyleix in Laois, was one of seven try-scorers as the Irish pack came out on top on a heavy pitch which had been covered in snow for days.
"It was a tough game, we didn't do anything too exciting. We just kept everything pretty simple with rumbles around the corner," said Moloney.
"I am pretty happy with that and pretty happy with the boys as well. Our discipline was good and we just kept possession and starved the Italians of the ball."
The key now will be to back it up against a French side who beat Scotland 47-6. Moloney, who went to school in Roscrea before joining Buccaneers and being brought into the Connacht academy by Carolan, said he is looking forward to playing on his home club ground.
"We are all looking forward to playing back in Athlone. Hopefully we can step it up again and cut a few mistakes out," said Moloney, ahead of what will be the only appearance at Dubarry Park this season by the Irish U-20s.