England U19s too strong for Irish
March 17, 2006

Danny Cipriani conjured up a superb solo try to ensure England U19s finished their preparations for next month's World Championships on a high with a 32-9 victory over their Irish counterparts.

The London Wasps fly-half scored two second-half tries, three conversions and two penalties to add to touchdowns from Exeter's Sam Bolt and Leicester's Alex Shaw after the hosts had trailed 9-5 at the break.

Brian Collins kicked two penalties before leaving the field injured and Ian Keatley added a third for the visitors before their St Patrick's Day celebrations were cut short at the Twickenham Stoop.

Scrum-half Bolt got England off to a flying start with a try after just four minutes when he surged down the blindside into the right-hand corner.

But despite some promising breaks, they ran into some stiff Irish resistance and struggled to control the ball in contact - and to get to grips with the interpretations of Scottish referee Andy McPherson.

Two break-outs from Ireland saw Castlenock fly-half Brian Collins nudge the visitors in front with penalties after 12 and 19 minutes.

Jordan Turner-Hall and Tom Youngs both counter-attacked when Collins couldn't find touch without breaking through, with Turner-Hall halted by a thumping tackle from prop Cian Healy on one occasion.

The Harlequins wing delivered the night's biggest hit when he floored Collins just before the interval, but his side lost prop Daniel Cole to the sin-bin just before the break for persistent offside and Ian Keatley added a third penalty to give Ireland a 9-5 interval lead.

England found more shape and purpose in the second half, though, by working their way into good field positions and steadily increasing the pressure.

Cipriani added penalties in the 39th and 44th minutes before a well-executed build-up saw Adam Powell's overhead pass put flanker Shaw over on the left in the 50th minute with Cipriani adding a routine conversion.

Oliver Dodge couldn't hang on to what should have been a scoring pass from the counter-attacking fly-half shortly afterwards, but Cipriani then put England out of sight with a sublime solo try.

He chipped over the Irish midfield defence, recovered the ball and then side-stepped past full-back Sean Carey before accelerating over in the corner before picking himself up to nail the touchline conversion.

Cipriani returned after attention for a cut to add England's final try, strolling over on the left after Ireland ran out of steam and defenders in the final moments, then adding the conversion with a nonchalant drop-goal.

England Under-19: Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors); Oliver Dodge (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Adam Powell (Saracens), Jordan Turner-Hall (NEC Harlequins), Daniel Cipriani (London Wasps & Whitgift), Richard Bolt (Exeter Chiefs & SWERA); Daniel Cole (Leicester Tigers), Ross McMillan (Nottingham), Jack Forster (Gloucester), David Attwood (Bristol & Bristol Univ), Ben Thomas (Saracens), Alex Shaw (Leicester Tigers), Andrew Saull (Saracens), David Tait (Sale Sharks).

Replacements: Jordan Page (Leeds Tykes) for McMillan 70, Charlie Beech (Northampton Saints) for Cole 45, Tom Mercey (Saracens) for Forster 70, Sam McDonald (Worcester Warriors) for Attwood 64, Ian Grieve (Bristol) for Tait 61, Rob Springall (Leicester Tigers) for Bolt 69, George Hughes (Bath) for Cipriani 58-63, Selorm Kuadey (Sale Sharks) for Powell 68.

Ireland Under-19: Sean Carey (Garbally College), Shane Monahan (Trinity College), Ivan Dineen (CBC), Ian Keatley (UCD), Michael Barker (QUB), Brian Collins (Castlenock), Paul O'Donohoe (Belvedere), Cian Healy (Belvedere), David Gilchrist (UCD), James Gethings (Gonzaga), Thomas Anderson (QUB), Conor McInerney (UCD), Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians), David Pollock (QUB, captain).

Replacements: Stephen Verso (Blackrock) for Gilchrist 62, David Millard (St Mary's College) for Healy 49, Richard Sweeney (UCD) for Gethings 41, Andrew Browne (Galwegians) for Anderson 62, David Drake (Instonians) for O'Donohoe 49, Niall O'Connor (Limavady GS) for Carey 66, Ian Whitten (QUB) for Collins 36, Jonathan Graham (Ballynahinch) for McInerney 62.

Referee: Andy McPherson (SRU).

Attendance: 1,723

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