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Thursday 18 January 2018

Irish boys come up short

Ireland U-18 Schools 14 England U-18 schools 30

James Ryan, Ireland U18, breaks through the England U18 defence
James Ryan, Ireland U18, breaks through the England U18 defence
Jacob Stockdale, Ireland U18, in action against the England U18 defence
Jack Power, Ireland U18, is tackled by Charlie Tacker, England U18

THE Ireland U-18 Schools side came up just short against England U-18s in their FIRA/AER European Championship final in Poland.

After Will Connors and Jack Power went over for tries, Ireland were hit by a sucker-punch on the stroke of half-time when Lucas Slowik hit back.

Power's try was a terrific individual effort, with Gilsenan converting for a 7-3 lead.

Taylor Prell put England into the lead with a try that fly-half Harry Mallinder converted. But Ireland hit back again when Connors burrowed his way over from close range. Gilsenan's conversion put Noel McNamara's men into a 14-10 lead.

However, a mistake from Connors allowed Slowik to intercept and streak clear under the posts to put England into a 17-14 half-time lead.

England's clinical attack punished Ireland shortly after the restart when Prell scored his second try of the game.

Josh Bainbridge put the game beyond Ireland when he was on the end of a powerful rolling maul, sealing England's third consecutive title in the process.

Ireland U-18 Schools – J Stockdale; J Larmour, J Power, P Kiernan, C Nash; M Gilsenan, R Osborne; A Porter, J Molony, C O'Donnell; J Ryan, S O'Connor; W Connors, J Guy, M Deegan.

England U-18 schools – T Prell; G Perkins, L Slowik, C Thacker, K Little; H Mallinder, J Maunder; L Boyce, O Adams, J Ibuanokpe; S South, G Nott; J Batley, S Underhill, W Safe.

REF – J Castaignede (France)

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