JJ Hanrahan on song as Emerging Ireland take care of Italian job
Emerging Ireland 25 Emerging Italy 0
An eye-catching performance from Northampton-bound JJ Hanrhan helped Emerging Ireland to a comfortable victory over their italaian counterparts in the Tbilisi Cup.
The gifted back created all three tries in the opening 27 minutes, including a brilliant cross-field kick to Andrew Conway and a break from his own half half to set up Stuart McCloskey.
The irish side enjoyed a 20-0 lead at the break, though only added a try from Tiernan O'Halloran at the death with the second half failing to ignite with ill-discipline from the Italians and a raft of substitutions on both sides not helping the flow of the match.
EMERGING IRELAND: Tiernan O’Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht); Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster), Eoin Griffin (London Irish), Stuart McCloskey (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Matt Healy (Lansdowne/Connacht); JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster); Denis Buckley (Corinthians/Connacht), Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Stephen Archer (Cork Constitution/Munster), Ben Marshall (Old Belvedere/Connacht), Billy Holland (Cork Constitution/Munster), Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) (capt), Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster).
Replacements: Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht), Andrew Warwick (Ballymena/Ulster), Finlay Bealham (Corinthians/Connacht), Andrew Browne (Galwegians/Connacht), Eoghan Masterson (Corinthians/Connacht), John Cooney (Terenure College/Connacht), Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Peter Nelson (Malone/Ulster).