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JJ Hanrahan on song as Emerging Ireland take care of Italian job


JJ Hanrahan in action for Emerging Ireland

JJ Hanrahan in action for Emerging Ireland


JJ Hanrahan in action for Emerging Ireland

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).

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