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Irish Wolfhounds 34-19 Scotland A

Ireland Wolfhounds (17) 34
Tries: Henry, McFadden 2, Boss, Murphy Cons: Humphreys 3 Pens: Humphreys
Scotland A (0) 19
Tries: Eddie, Robertson, Penalty Cons: Jackson 2

Fergus McFadden
Fergus McFadden scored two of the five Irish tries

Ireland Wolfhounds held off a second-half fightback from Scotland A to win Friday's clash at Ravenhill.

Tries from Chris Henry and Fergus McFadden helped the Irish lead 17-0 at the break.

James Eddie and Mark Robertson scored third-quarter tries for Scotland but McFadden and Isaac Boss touchdowns kept Ireland 29-12 ahead.

Ireland's scrum creaked late on as the Scots were awarded a penalty try but Johne Murphy scored a late Irish try.

Ulster captain Henry notched the Wolfhounds' opening try on five minutes after the Scots had lost possession in midfield.

Prop Tony Buckley showed a neat turn of pace after gathering the ball and Darren Cave's clever dummy set up Henry to score under the posts.

After Ian Humphreys had extended the Ireland lead, Ben Cairns thought he had replied for the Scots but John Houston, a late replacement for Simon Danielli, was adjudged to have thrown a forward pass.

McFadden scored his first try on 32 minutes after more slick hands in midfield from Gavin Duffy and Cave.

Leading 17-0 at the break, Ireland looked in control but the Scots replied immediately after the restart as flank forward Eddie finished off some mauling pressure.

Ireland quickly replied with a score of their own with full-back Duffy's superb break from his own half setting up McFadden for his second try.

However, the Scottish backs were also getting into their stride and young replacement Mark Robertson finished off a fine move after good work by Nick de Luca.

Ruaridh Jackson's conversion cut Ireland's advantage to 24-12 but another great Murphy run then released Isaac Boss to score the home team's fourth try.

Despite the Irish backs' invention, it was a different tale in the scrum as the Irish front-row began to struggle.

A penalty try for the Scots had looked on for much of the second half and so it transpired seven minutes from time after more forward pressure.

Indeed, Irish prop Marcus Horan had been penalised on a couple of occasions and was sin-binned after another indiscretion late on.

But despite being a man down, Murphy charged over for another Irish try in injury-time.

Scotland A head coach Sean Lineen:
"There were a lot of good performances, but I was very disappointed with the result.

"We played like a team that had not been together very long and all of their five tries came from us giving them the ball.

"I was pleased with certain aspects, but all five of Ireland's tries came from our mistakes.

"Ireland's tries came from four turnovers and one aimless kick which they successfully counter-attacked."

Ireland A: Duffy; Murphy, Cave, McFadden, Dowling; Humphreys, Stringer; Horan, Cronin, Buckley; Caldwell, Toner; Tuohy, Jennings, Henry.
Replacements: Brady, Ross, O'Donoghue, Ronan, Boss, Keatley, Matthews.

Scotland A: Thompson, Walker, Cairns, De Luca, Houston, Jackson, Blair (capt), Welsh, Hall, Murray, MacLeod, Hamilton, Eddie, Gray, Grant
Replacements: Kelly, Traynor, Hamilton, McKenzie, Laidlaw, Dewey, Robertson.

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