Ireland: 0
Italy: 0

  • Sam Campbell (5),
  • Tadhg Dowdall (8),
  • Nathan Connell (19),
  • Ryan Walsh (23),
  • Scott Bradley (27)

  • Nathan Connell (5/5)

  • 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: Patrick Stapleton,
  • Kyle Stacey,
  • Rory Lynch,
  • Sean Treacy
  • Carlo Nicolai De Meyer,
  • Mattia Ferroni,
  • Tommaso Zuliani,
  • Nicolo Mazzotta,
  • Davide Saita,
  • Christopher-Kyle De Meyer,
  • Filippo Berossi,
  • Alessandro Almasio,
  • Filippo Andrea Trivellin,
  • Raoul Coss,
  • Sebastiano Binutti,
  • Danilo Carrabetta,
  • Marco Caffu.
  • Subs: Gabriele Brullo,
  • Davide Cantore,
  • Giulio Corallo,
  • Erman Luigi La Rocca

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 1

Tuesday, 3rd September

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: Patrick Stapleton 14, Kyle Stacey 15, Rory Lynch 16, Sean Treacy 17. 

Tries: Sam Campbell (5), Tadhg Dowdall (8), Nathan Connell (19), Ryan Walsh (23), Scott Bradley (27), Goals: Nathan Connell 5/5

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

Referee: Jostein Ryan (Norway)