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Wolfhounds 20-11 England Saxons

Irish Wolfhounds (14) 20
Tries: Hurley, Henry Con: Humphreys 2 Pens: Humphreys 2
England Saxons (3) 11
Tries: Monye Pens: Myler 2


Highlights from the match between Irish Wolfhounds and English Saxons

First-half tries from Denis Hurley and skipper Chris Henry gave the Wolfhounds victory at a wind-battered Ravenhill.

The Irish scored from their first attack with Hurley going over before Henry added the second try to help the hosts to a 14-3 lead at the break.

The Saxons fought back in the second half and Ugo Monye scored a try before Stephen Myler's penalty made it 17-11.

England were on top but Ian Humphreys sealed the win for the Wolfhounds with a last-minute penalty.

Wolfhounds, playing into the fierce gale, made the perfect start when fairly static ball was moved wide and Nevin Spence powered through two tackles to offload to Hurley, who stretched his legs and dived in under the posts after running in from outside the 22.

Humphreys added the extras into the wind.

It hardly stung the Saxons into action but just after a quarter of an hour Billy Twelvetrees was put through and presumably thought he had scored until Hurley halted him with a marvellous try-saving tackle.

Still, Northampton's Myler got the Saxons off the mark with a 20th-minute penalty after Ireland were penalised at a ruck but the Wolfhounds should really have stretched their lead three minutes later when a great run and inside chip from David Kearney was just too much for Humphreys to gather and score.

From the resulting scrum, though, Saxons prop Paul Doran Jones was yellow-carded by French referee Pascal Gauzere and, from the following set-piece, Henry barged over to score.

Humphreys managed his second conversion and Ireland were in front 14-3, which is how it stayed until the end of the opening 40 minutes.

Humphreys then extended Ireland's lead with a monster 58-metre penalty five minutes after the restart.

But, from here, Saxons began to exert their superior firepower up front and, after several scrums on Ireland's line, Wolfhounds prop Brett Wilkinson was binned for dropping the scrum.

Saxons finally made their man advantage count when Monye got in at the left corner with what appeared to be his first touch of the ball in the game. Not surprisingly, Myler missed the conversion.

However, the Saxons fly-half did manage a close-in penalty six minutes after the hour to narrow the Wolfhounds' lead to six points.

The visitors then kept up the pressure as the game entered its final quarter but two botched line-outs on Ireland's line allowed the Wolfhounds to survive the siege.

Inevitably, Ireland had the final say when Humphreys landed a late penalty after the demoralised Saxons went off their feet at a ruck.

Ireland Wolfhounds: D Kearney (Leinster); J Murphy (Munster); E O'Malley (Leinster), N Spence (Ulster), D Hurley (Munster); I Humphreys (Ulster), I Boss (Leinster); B Wilkinson (Connacht), D Varley (Munster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster); D Ryan (Munster), M O'Driscoll (Munster); M McCarthy (Connacht), W Faloon (Ulster), C Henry (Ulster) (capt).

Replacements: N Brady (Ulster), J Hagan (Connacht), I Nagle (Munster), D Ryan (Leinster), P Marshall (Ulster), I Keatley (Connacht), F Carr (Connacht).

England Saxons: N Abendanon (Bath); J Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), M Tuilagi (Leicester), W Twelvetrees (Leicester), U Monye (Harlequins); S Myler (Northampton), J Simpson (Wasps); A Corbisiero (London Irish), L Mears (Bath), P Doran-Jones (Gloucester), G Kitchener (Worcester), C Day (Northampton), J Gaskell (Sale), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), L Narraway (Gloucester).

Replacements: J Buckland (London Irish), J Marler (Harlequins), G Robson (Harlequins), A Saull (Saracens), P Hodgson (London Irish), B Barritt (Saracens), M Brown (Harlequins).

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