Italy: 0
Ireland: 0

  • Jack Crampton (3),
  • Nathan Connell (6),
  • Sam Campbell (10),
  • Matthew Henry (22),
  • David Downey (30),
  • Matthew Henry (40)

  • Nathan Connell (3/6)

  • Carlo Nicolai De Meyer,
  • Fabia Dianti,
  • Mattia Ferroni,
  • Nicolo Mazzotta,
  • Davide Saita,
  • Simone Moresco,
  • Filippo Bertossi,
  • Raoul Coss,
  • Erman Luigi La Rocca,
  • Davide Cantore,
  • Sebastiano Binutti,
  • Danilo Carrabetta,
  • Marco Caffu.
  • Subs: Gabriele Brullo,
  • Emilio Stracquadanio,
  • Tommaso Zuliani,
  • Filippo Andrea Trivellin
  • Nathan Connell,
  • Ryan Walsh,
  • David Downey,
  • Kevin Downey,
  • Scott Bradley,
  • Jack Crampton,
  • Louix Gorman,
  • Sam Campbell,
  • Xanda Rycroft,
  • Jamie Gill,
  • Tadhg Dowdall,
  • Matthew Henry,
  • James Downes.
  • Subs: Odhran Brannigan,
  • Patrick Stapleton,
  • Rory Lynch,
  • Liam Hayes

Match report

Ireland remained unbeaten following two rounds of forty minute matches against hosts Italy and Serbia to win the U19s Championship Plate, at the Pasian di Prato Stadium in Udine. The games for sides finishing fifth to seventh in the qualifying competition took place last Tuesday and today (Saturday), and Ireland coach Bernard Westerman saw his side concede only one try in four games, twice beating the Italians 30-0 and Serbia 22-6 and 42-0 to round off the Plate competition.

“I’m very proud of my guys, we stuck together and regrouped after missing out on the main tournament semi finals, they showed great character on and off the pitch to overcome that disappointment,” said Westerman. “It is a testament to the guys to return home with that shield. We are looking at player development and we found some hidden gems out there in a fantastic tournament.”

In the first round of games, Ireland fullback Nathan Connell was outstanding, crossing for four tries – including a hat trick against the Serbs - and kicking eight goals in total, with spoils shared between Italy and Serbia following young Azzuri Christopher-Kyle De Meyer’s touchline conversion which denied Serbia what would have been their first victory in the tournament.

In Round two, Ireland overcame a dogged Italian side with captain James Downes leading the charge and Louix Gorman instrumental in steering play. Italy’s wingmen Davide Saita and Fabia Dianti both showed great pace but a wall of green prevented them from capitalising on their downfield breaks.

Serbia finally did earn their inaugural win, beating Italy 12-4 in a bruising encounter. Saita was again impressive although a foot in touch denied him an early try but he was successful later as he took Filippo Bertossi’s looping pass to score in the corner. But Serbia’s robust defence and ability to capitalise on Italy’s errors proved the difference with Dragan Kokanovic and Vlado Jankovic crossing.

With the Shield already in the bag, Westerman rotated his team for their final encounter with Serbia. Gorman’s hat trick capped an impressive tournament for the Hull KR Academy product whilst Connell ended another fine performance with a brace of tries and seven more goals.

Round 2

Saturday 10th September

Italy 0
Carlo Nicolai De Meyer 1, Fabia Dianti 2, Mattia Ferroni 3, Nicolo Mazzotta 4, Davide Saita 5, Simone Moresco 6, Filippo Bertossi 7, Raoul Coss 8, Erman Luigi La Rocca 9, Davide Cantore 10, Sebastiano Binutti 11, Danilo Carrabetta 12, Marco Caffu 13. Interchanges: Gabriele Brullo 14, Emillio Stracquadanio 15, Tommaso Zuliani 16, Filippo Andrea Trivellin 17. 

Ireland 30
Nathan Connell 1, Ryan Walsh 2, David Downey 3, Kevin Downey 4, Scott Bradley 5, Jack Crampton 6, Louix Gorman 7, Sam Campbell 8, Xanda Ryecroft 9, Jamie Gill 10, Tadhg Dowdall 11, Matthew Henry 12, James Downes 13. Interchanges: Odhran Branningan 14, Patrick Stapleton 15, Rory Lynch 16, Liam Hayes 17. 

Tries: Jack Crampton (3), Nathan Connell (6), Sam Campbell (10), Matthew Henry (22, 40), David Downey (30)
Goals: Nathan Connell 3/3

Referee: Enzo Peyre (France)