The Independent Schools National XV were in action against Ulster U18â€™s yesterday evening in the final leg of their four game tour of Ireland.
The Lambs entered the match looking to make it four from four after they had already handsomely beaten Leinster Youth and Connacht Under 18, while also narrowly beating Leinster Schools 13-11.
Here is their Coachâ€™s Report of that Ulster U18â€™s Fixture:
â€œThe Independent Schools National XV wrapped up an impressive grand slam of Ireland as George Adams (Bedford) and Miles Lloyd (Sedbergh) completed a second half comeback from 0 -13 down to win 20 – 13 against a strong and well drilled Ulster team.
Playing on an excellent wide and open pitch, and in glorious conditions, the setting was there for the Lambs to stick to their philosophy of playing fast and free – and the boys duly obliged.
Some great play, often instigated by Man of the Match Elliot Croft at fly half, put Ulster under pressure. However with a slight wind and a strong back row and 10 Ulster squeezed penalties, gaining territory and putting six points on the board early on. On the half hour mark Ulster scored a well worked try on the left wing, taking the score to 0 – 13.Â
Under the posts the talisman and captain Iain Billington (Berkhamsted) rallied the troops and from the kick off, which was regained, Elliot Croft opened up some space for Charlie Greswold who scored out wide to take the half time score to 5 – 13.
Two changes in the forwards freshened the look for the second half. This put Ulster under pressure and eventually led to a yellow card to Ulsterâ€™s tighthead prop.
Kicked to the corner, the forwards worked a catch and drive, finished by Elliott Roofe (Colfe’s) to take the score to 10 – 13.
Now with the momentum the Lambs played confidently and eventually the tours top try scorer, and proud owner of try of the season from the Connacht game, George Adams (Bedford) put the Lambs infront after great work by Will Martin (Sherbourne) and Mike Peak (Kings Taunton) gaining hard yards and keeping the ball alive to take the score to 15 – 13 after an hour.Â
The Lambs now had control of the game and were playing some ambitious rugby to keep the crowd entertained. This style broke up the excellent Ulster defence and allowed Miles Lloyd (Serbergh) to round off the game with a score around the fringes. Final score 20 – 13.
It has been an outstanding tour with four great results, showing off some brilliant young players who have come together superbly and played a brand of rugby people want to watch and that they want to play.â€
Man of the Match – Elliott Croft (Brentwood)Â
Player of the season – Josh Piertse (St Columbaâ€™s)
Player of the Tour – Jamie Williams (Bolton)
Back of the season – Charlie Banks (Colfe’s)
Forward of the season – Mike Peak (Kings Taunton)