Sunday 23 October 2016

Leavy excels as Irish take The Tbilisi Cup

Emerging Ireland completed their romp through The Tbilisi Cup by handing out a 45-12 beating to Georgia at The Avchala Stadium yesterday.

The Irish had already tucked away the trophy in light of how they held a six-point lead over their three rivals after two relatively unimpressive, patchy bonus-point wins over Emerging Italy (25-0) and Uruguay (33-7).

Despite the comprehensive nature of this one, it is difficult to know what positives Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, a spectator yesterday, could draw from a level of competition light years away from elite international rugby.

The standout performance came from Leinster openside Dan Leavy.

The former Ireland U20 captain has been hampered by injury over the last two seasons. He showed his capacity to cause damage on both sides of the ball.


Ireland spoke of going to the U20 World Cup feeling they were in it to win it.

Ultimately, their lot was to beat Scotland 17-9 for a second time in the competition to finish seventh.

They fell short of their hopes and dreams by some distance, winning three and losing two.

Coach Nigel Carolan was left to reflect on a season that began with the promise of so much ad yielded so little.

"We showed some really good character and it was great for us to finish off so positively," said Carolan, at the end of his first season.


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