Munster coach Murphy 'proud' after Australia edge out U-19s
Munster U-19 13 Australia Schools 16
Munster came up just short with a late comeback against Australia Schools at Thomond Park.
A Cormac Blake try four minutes from time, converted by Tomas Quinlan, gave Munster a chance of snatching a draw.
They were gifted an ideal opportunity when they were awarded a penalty from a similar spot to the conversion, but they strangely opted to kick for the corner. The kick went beyond the dead-ball line and with that, went Munster's hopes.
The visitors started on the front foot as Mitchell Third landed an early penalty before Andrew Kellaway put Adrian Henley in for a well-worked try.
Munster responded with a penalty from Quinlan, but Australia deservedly led 8-3 at the break.
Australia extended their lead after the break through another Third penalty, but Quinlan responded with a fine kick to keep Munster in touch.
The game was lit up by a moment of brilliance from Australian winger Harry Jones, who glided past several defenders for a stunning try that put his side into what looked like a comfortable 16-6 lead.
But Munster hit back late on when Blake crashed over after a well-worked maul from a line-out. Quinlan's sweetly struck conversion left just three points between the sides before they declined the three points on offer from that late penalty.
Munster coach Keith Murphy was happy with the performance.
"We were a small bit naïve at the end with one or two calls, but we're very proud of what the boys put in. They gave a very good account of themselves against a very physical Australian side," he said.
Munster U-19 -- S Fitzgerald; G O'Shea (P Kiernan 32), S McMahon (capt), JJ O'Neill (G Lyons 51), B Murphy; T Quinlan, D O'Mahony (J Poland 40), L O'Connor, J Boland (L O'Halloran 36), M O'Donnell (J O'Halloran 56); F Bradshaw Ryan, J Keane (A Hogan 49); B Kilkenny, L O'Leary (T Ademakin 53), M Murphy (C Blake 51).
Australia Schools -- A Henley (H Hutchinson, 25); H Jones, A Kellaway (capt) (T Milne 42), K Morgan, J Todd; M Third (A Deegan 56), M Short; F Sa'aga, A Mafi (E Guttenbeil 53), M Gibbon (V Fifita 33); L Cannell, M Jones (J Anderson 33); D Morris (L Faka'osilea 49), T Tai (J McCalman 40), R Warren Vosayco.
REF -- G Conway (IRFU)