Gilsenan try sees Ireland into final
Ireland U-18 Schools 24 France U-18 11
IRELAND produced a hugely impressive display in Poland to book their place in Saturday's U-18 European Championship final against England.
Matthew Gilsenan converted Sean O'Connor's early try from a line-out maul to get Ireland off to the perfect start. France hit back with a penalty, before sneaking over for a try in the corner.
Straight from the restart, Jacob Stockdale scored his third try of the tournament and Gilsenan landed the conversion, but France closed the gap to 14-11, before Gilsenan fired over a penalty to leave Ireland 17-11 in front at the break.
Ireland had to cope with severe French pressure after the restart, but they held firm and Gilsenan crossed for the clinching try.
Ireland – J Power (Blackrock); J Larmour (St Andrew's), C Mulcahy (Clongowes Wood), M Gilsenan (St Michael's), J Stockdale (Wallace High); J O'Brien (Newbridge), R Osborne (Clongowes Wood); A Porter (St Andrew's), J Molony (Clongowes Wood), C O'Donnell (Summerhill, Sligo), J Ryan (St Michael's, Capt), S O'Connor (Rockwell), W Connors (Clongowes Wood), J Guy (St Andrew's), M Deegan (St Michael's). Reps: H Kean (Blackrock) for Molony 54; P Claffey (Garbally) for O'Connor 63; P Kiernan (PBC, Cork) for O'Brien 65; C McIlmurray (Campbell) for Porter, D Duggan (St Michael's) for Osbourne both 67; G Jones (St Andrew's) for Deegan; C Kenny (Garbally) for O'Donnell both 68.
France – R Aulas; L Decrop, P Dupouy, E Roudil, K Qadiri; A Belleau, A Retiere; Q Walcker, Y Beheregaray, M Simutoga, F Verhaeghe, T Hannoyer, J Cancoriet, S Valleau, A Jelonch. Reps: M Voisin for Valleau (32), Y de Fauverge for Beheregaray (36), H Pirlet for Simutoga (43), D Caborde for Decrop (43), A Dupont for Retiere (60), C Castets for Walcker (67), J Goux for Hannoyer (67).
Ref – F Kirby (England).