Ireland: 0
Serbia: 0

  • David Downey (5),
  • Louix Gorman (7),
  • Louix Gorman (21),
  • Louix Gorman (24),
  • Jamie Gill (27),
  • Nathan Connell (37),
  • Nathan Connell (39)

  • Nathan Connell (7/7)

  • Nathan Connell,
  • Ryan Walsh,
  • Sean Treacy,
  • Louix Gorman,
  • Scott Bradley,
  • Jack Crampton,
  • Connor Colman,
  • Odhran Brannigan,
  • Rory Lynch,
  • Kyle Stacey,
  • Ned Conroy,
  • Liam Hayes,
  • David Downey.
  • Subs: Jamie Gill,
  • Patrick Stapleton,
  • Sam Campbell,
  • Xanda Rycroft
  • Luka Stosic,
  • Jovan Loncar,
  • Ognjen Djordjevic,
  • Uros Ilic,
  • Darko Samardzic,
  • Dragan Kokanovic,
  • Andrej Susak,
  • Veljko Djordjevic,
  • Stefan Milenkovic,
  • Marko Milicevic,
  • Luka Ilic,
  • Starhinja Stoiljkovic,
  • Enis Bibic.
  • Subs: Lazar Stamenkovic,
  • Aleksandar Stojanovic,
  • Lazar Stamenkovic,
  • Djordje Krnjeta

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

Ireland 42

Nathan Connell 1, Ryan Walsh 2, Sean Treacy 4, Louix Gorman 7, Scott Bradley 5, Jack Crampton 6, Connor Colman 25, Odhran Brannigan 14,  Rory Lynch 16,  Kyle Stacey 16, Ned Conroy 20, Liam Hayes 17, David Downey 3. Interchanges: Jamie Gill 10, Patrick Stapleton 15, Sam Campbell 8, Xanda Rycroft 9

Tries: David Downey (5), Louix Gorman (7, 21, 24) Jamie Gill (27), Nathan Connell (37, 39)
Goals: Nathan Connell 7/7

Serbia 0
Luka Stosic 1, Jovan Loncar 2, Ognjen Djordevic 3, Uros Ilic 4, Darko Samardzic 5, Dragan Kokanovic 17,  Andrej Susak 7, Veljko Djordjevic 8, Stefan Milenkovic 9, Marko Milicevic 10, Luka Illic 11, Starhinja Stolijkovic 12, Enis Bibic 13. Interchanges: Lazar Stamenkovic 14, Djordje Krnjeta 20, Vlado Jankovic 14,  Aleksander Uros Stojanovic 15


Referee: Rob Apsee (Wales)