Irish Academy dispatch their Saracens counterparts

London Irish scored six tries to beat Saracens 40-3 in opening Aviva Premiership U18 academy league game.

The result of the first Aviva Premiership U18 Academy league game was beyond any doubt by half time on as the young Irish side scored five of their six tries before the break.

The U18 side, made up of players from both the St Pauls Catholic College AASE programme and players from a number of key partner schools in the area, started the league campaign as they intend to go on, playing simple, effective and expansive rugby.

London Irish wing Harry Lightfoot-Brown was the first to cross the whitewash for the home side after 15 year old Wellington College centre Matt Williams, making his first appearance at this level, glided through a gap to put Lightfoot-Brown away on the 22 metre line.

St Pauls fullback Cameron Cowell created the second try. Using his outstanding footwork and pace Cowell sliced through the Saracens defence and released John Fisher School wing Bradley Greer to finish in the corner.

Cowell scored the third try himself following some great interplay by Abingdon School fly half Theo Brophy-Clews and RGS High Wycombe centre Ross Neal allowed the full back to out-sprint the chasing Saracens defence.

Young Wellington Centre Matt Williams was next to cross after capitalising on some hard work by the forwards to walk over the line unopposed following more excellent decision making by fly half Brophy-Clews.

With the London Irish back line running in tries for fun the forwards decided to get in on the act through hooker Ollie Adams who smashed his way through a couple of weak tackles to score under the posts.

The second half saw Saracens respond and fight for every inch, making life very hard for the ambitious Irish side.

St Pauls Scrum half Connor Murphy scored the only try of the half from a quick tap following a sustained period of pressure from the Irish pack.

Following the game Academy Manager Billy Clark said: "We’re really pleased with tonight, we’re off to a good start, but we know the opposition will only get harder. Saracens had a very young side out tonight, much as we you were last year. So there is plenty to work on ahead of our next fixture against Wasps. We left four or five tries out on the field through not getting our attacking set up right and also getting a little greedy individually in the second half."


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