- England Under 19 beat Ireland 16-15
- Tries for Jordan Burns and Ross Moriarty
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A strong England Under 19 team, coached by John Fletcher, Peter Walton and Ian Peel, beat their Irish rivals 16-15 at Donnybrook RFC in Dublin in what proved to be a topsy-turvy encounter.
Scrum half Jordan Burns got the opening score with 11 minutes on the clock and a penalty from fly half Sam Olver made it 8-0 to England after 22 minutes. Flanker Ross Moriarty got England’s second try with half an hour on the clock and the visitors went in 13-0 up after the first half.
A new-look Ireland came out after the break and the hosts soon shot into a 15-13 lead courtesy of two tries within 10 minutes and a well-executed drop goal from No. 10 Conor McKeon.
But England regained their composure and Northampton Saints man Olver slotted a drop goal of his own to put England 16-15 ahead. There were a couple of nervy moments for the men in white as Ireland saw two further drop goal attempts sail wide, but England held out for the win.
Head Coach Fletcher said: “To be honest we should have been out of sight by half time, we scored two tries but it should have been more – we left a few out there, it was all us.
“In the second half Ireland came back fighting and we seemed to lose some of our composure, two guys went into the sin-bin [Gus Jones and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi] and we were staring a defeat in the face at 15-13 down.
“Full credit to guys for battling back and putting Sam in a position to get his drop goal. Overall it’s been a good experience, a good exercise, and a good test for our players.”
Points: Burns 1T, Moriarty 1T; Olver 1P, 1DG
England Under 19 starting XV against Ireland
15 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
14 Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)
13 Tom Stephenson (Northampton Saints)
12 Javiah Pohe (Leicester Tigers)
11 Josh Watkins (Worcester Warriors)
10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
9 Jordan Burns (Harlequins)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
3 Adam Jamieson (Bath Rugby)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
8 Hayden Stringer (Saracens)
Replacements: (all used)
16 Cameron Neild (Sale Sharks)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Jake Armstrong (Leeds Carnegie)
19 David Hughes (London Wasps)
20 Lewis Ludlow (Gloucester Rugby)
21 George Tresidder (Leicester Tigers)
22 David Buck (Bath Rugby)
23 Tom Hudson (Leicester Tigers)