Ireland Wolfhounds 20
England Saxons 11
The Irish Wolfhounds redeemed themselves after last week’s heavy defeat in Scotland by beating the English Saxons at Ravenhill tonight.
Denis Hurley and captain Chris Henry scored first half tries which Ian Humphreys converted. Humphrey’s added two penalties, all of which was enough to see the Irish take the victory.
The Irish played against the strong wind in the opening half and scored from their first attack when Hurley crossed under the posts after sprinting from outside the 22. Humphreys converted to add to the score.
Stephen Myler got the Saxons on the board with a 20th-minute penalty after Ireland were penalised. The Wolfhounds should have increased their lead three minutes after when Humphreys just failed to gather a kick through. From the scrum, Saxons’ prop Paul Doran Jones was yellow-carded and, from the following penalty, Henry barged over to score.
Humphreys converted and Ireland led 14-3, which is the way it stayed until the break. Humphreys added to the Irish score with a penalty immediately after the restart.
Ugo Monye then scored in the corner for Saxons but Myler missed the conversion. He did score a penalty six minutes later to narrow the gap to six points. Saxons continued to pile on the pressure in the remaining minutes but it was the Irish who had the final say as Humphreys landed a last-minute penalty.