London Irish U18s make it two from two

The London Irish U18 side faced London Wasps in their second game of the Aviva premiership U18 league on Monday night at Maidenhead RFC.

Playing under lights on the 3G pitch in wet conditions the Irish youngsters looked set to pick up where they had left off against Saracens in round one of the competition when Cameron Cowell showed his blistering pace to score from the half way line.

However, London Wasps had other ideas and dragged the ambitious Irish side into a dog fight for the remainder of the first half. A malfunctioning lineout and some handling errors meant that the Irish side couldn’t build any momentum and bring their exciting back line into the game.

Wasps looked to the power of the pack to keep the pressure on the Irish and managed to pick up an early Christmas present in the form of a charge down try from a Connor Murphy box kick on his own line.

The half time team talk from coaches Pete Richards and Dec Danaher seemed to do the trick however as Irish raced away to score five unanswered tries in the second half.

Abingdon School Fly Half Theo Brophy-Clews showed real composure to manage the game in the right areas of the field as well as touches of class to unleash his potent back line.

John Fisher School winger, Bradley Greer crossed for two simple but well taken scores from set scrum plays.St Pauls Cathlolic College and AASE captain Ryan Bifield, playing number 8 on the night helped himself to a score following some great attacking play by fullback Cowell.

Cowell, who, whilst not the biggest of players is really catching the eye with his blistering pace and footwork, added a second score following some accurate running lines and distribution from Brophy-Clews and RGS High Wycombe centre Ross Neal.

Irish saved the best for last. Replacement St Pauls Catholic College centre Cam Smith broke free on his 22 before off loading to fellow St Pauls student Reuben Norville on the opposition 10 metre line. Norville offloaded on the 22 to Neal who ran in under the posts.

Academy Manager Billy Clark said after the game: “We’re pleased with the second half. The guys did what was asked of them and played intelligent rugby in the right areas of the field. Some of the hard work that has been put in on the training pitch with Pete and Dec paid dividends tonight. However, whilst we scored six tries tonight in reality we have a huge amount to improve on. We face Harlequins on Friday night who will be one of the strongest sides in the competition. The guys are under no illusions that if they play like they did in the first half then they will get heavily beaten. It promises to be a great contest and will be a great test for this team, I hope we get plenty of support on the night at Maidenhead."

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