England Students dominate in 57-30 win over Ireland

  • England Students score eight tries against Ireland Universities
  • Head Coach Aaron James impressed by ‘fantastic performance’

England Students bounced back from last week’s loss to France with a comfortable 57-30 win over Ireland Universities at Trinity College in Dublin.

The Irish were first on the board when Liam Bourke converted an early penalty to put his side ahead, but England were quick to respond when Tom MacDonald pushed over the line in the eighth minute for the first try of the match, converted by Tom James.

Minutes later England scored another when Tom Lawday finished an attacking move by bulldozing his way over the line for the try.

After a penalty to both sides, England captain Buchan Richardson extended their lead just before half time by showing great speed to race over the line, but Ireland responded with a try of their own which made it 24-13 to the visitors at the break.

Ireland started the stronger of the two sides in the second half when Max McFarland scored in the 48th minute but England were quick to reply with a barrage of tries.

Lawday scored his second try for England, converted by James, and the visitors never looked back. James then scored again in the 63rd minute followed by two tries from Josh Sharp. Ireland were able to score another two tries themselves with one impressive effort from Tony Cusack but it wasn’t enough to get them back into the game.

England substitute Sam Moncur finished off the game with a try on his debut which was converted to give England a 57-30 win.


Coach Aaron James said he was expecting a physical match from the Irish, but it was the English who showed their physical strength, forcing turnovers at the breakdown.

By the start of the second half, England’s physical dominance in defence was clearly set and they were able to play some impressive attacking rugby.


Whilst the Irish dominated the early possession battle, England took advantage of their time with the ball, scoring quick tries.

Ireland spent much of the first half trying to find their way over the line, only for England to take over possession and advance down the pitch for a try.

“It was a fantastic win and a fantastic performance,” said James. “It was outstanding how well we worked together. I can’t be more pleased for the boys, they showed great mental toughness. We gave them license to play and they did.”

Tries: Macdonald, Lawday (2), Richardson, James, Sharp (two), Moncur

Conversions: James (7)

Penalties: James (1)

England Students team University
1 Mike Flook Hartpury
2 Paul Davis Exeter
3 Alex Westgarth Northumbria
4 Tom MacDonald Hartpury
Sam Jeffries Bristol
6 Buchan Richardson (captain) Durham
7 Harry Ledger Exeter
8 Tom Lawday Exeter
9 Sam Waltier Exeter
10 James Doe Exeter
11 James Beal Cardiff Met
12 Dan Watt Loughborough
13 Lewis Jones Leeds Beckett
14 Tom James Loughborough
15 Josh Sharp Loughborough
16 Rupert Freestone UWE
17 Adam Brocklebank Durham
18 Dave Spelman Cambridge
19 Will Eversfield Newcastle
20 Simon Uzowke Sunderland
21 Jacob Perry Hartpury
22 Alex Brown Exeter
23 Sam Moncur Durham

Report courtesy of Don McDermott.

Images courtesy of Barnett Gomez.