The Ireland Under 21 side were beaten 20-19 in Ebbw Vale by their Welsh counterparts, despite taking an early lead and dominating the early exchanges.
The Ireland Under 21 side were beaten 20-19 in Ebbw Vale by their Welsh counterparts, despite taking an early lead and dominating the early exchanges. Right-wing Richard Lane who had earlier been informed of his inclusion in the Munster squad for the Heineken Cup knock-out phase, opened the scoring with an early try as the Irish carried the fight impressively to the highly regarded Welsh side. However, they failed to turn possession into scores and four mised shots at goal were to prove costly in the end. The home side rallied, and raced into a 20-5 lead but to their great credit, the Irish turned in a committed closing quarter and got to within a point of the lead thanks to tries from John Hearty and Keith Matthews. David McAllister converted both and the Irish had opportunities to win but in the end the failure to convert those early opportunity proved crucial to the outcome. Ireland Under 21. 15. Tommy Bowe - Queens University 14. Richard Lane - UCC 13. Barry Murphy - UL Bohemians 12. Keith Matthews - UL Bohemians 11. John Hearty - Blackrock College 10. David McAllister - UCC 9. Fiach O'Loughlin - Shannon 8. Stephen Keogh - UCC capt 7. Niall Ronan - Lansdowne 6. Ciaran Potts - St. Mary's College 5. Neil McComb - Dundee Highschool 4. David Gannon - UCD 3. Declan Fitzpatrick - Belfast Harlequins 2. Rory Best - Belfast Harlequins 1. John Lyne - Lansdowne Replacements: Shane O'Connor - Cork Constitution for McComb , John Muldoon - Galwegians for Ronan (blood injury).