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McCarthy try paves way for whitewash of Scotland

IRELAND's schools team finished third in the FIRA/AER U-18 European Championships after a comprehensive victory over Scotland in Grenoble.

Captain Nick McCarthy set the ball rolling with a seventh-minute try converted by his St Michael's College schoolmate Ross Byrne.

Both place-kickers missed penalties before Ireland struck for their second try, with Blackrock College No 8 Nick Timoney crossing before his fellow Leinster Senior Schools Cup winner Jeremy Loughman scored the first of his two tries.

Tighthead Oisin Heffernan got in on the act after the break, while Josh Murphy also crossed and Loughman completed his brace before Murphy completed the rout.

IRELAND U-18 SCHOOLS – B Dardis (Terenure College); J Owens (Campbell College), H Brewer (Terenure), F Cleary (Clongowes Wood College), C Brennan (CC Roscrea); R Byrne (St Michael's College), N McCarthy (St. Michael's, capt); J Loughman (Blackrock College), A Roche (Terenure), O Heffernan (CC Roscrea), D O'Connor (Blackrock), A Thompson (Methodist College), J Murphy (St Michael's), R Moloney (CC Roscrea), N Timoney (Blackrock). Reps: J Ryan (St Michael's) for Thompson, M Courtney (CBC Monkstown) for Brennan (both half-time), M Gilsenan (St Michael's) for Byrne (53), M Lagan (Methodist) for Loughman, O Jager (Blackrock) for Heffernan (both 56), C Rock (Blackrock) for McCarthy (58), P Thornton (Terenure) for Moloney (59), J Gallagher (Methodist) for Timoney (62).

Ireland recover to capture silverware

IRELAND's Women recovered from a difficult pool in the Guangzhou Sevens to win the Plate competition.

The squad, featuring eight of last month's Grand Slam stars, beat the Netherlands in the Plate final to claim the trophy. They lost to Canada and Australia before recovering to defeat Japan 33-0 and reach the quarter-finals.

Despite Alison Miller giving the Irish an early lead against New Zealand, the Black Ferns proved too strong and won out 31-5, sending Ireland into the Plate competition.

They responded by defeating Australia 15-14 thanks to Claire Keohane's dropped penalty goal, before tries from Miller and Jeannette Feighery paved the way for a 14-10 victory over the Dutch.

Irish Independent