Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Report: Gloucester Rugby U18 11 London Irish U18 35

London Irish are the Premiership Rugby Under 18 Academy competition champions after beating Gloucester Rugby 35-11 at Allianz Park.

Irish secured the title thanks to scores from Matt Kouris, Matt Williams, Harry Norton, Ollie Hasslle-Collins and a penalty try.

It was the showpiece event of the Premiership Rugby Under 18 Academy Finals Day after Wasps, Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors had also been in action in play-off matches earlier in the afternoon.

The final match of the day saw the Northern and Southern Conference winners go head-to-head, with both having finished the regular season unbeaten.

It was Gloucester who took the lead when Irish were penalised for hands in the ruck and Daniel Openshaw slotted between the post.

But Irish went ahead soon after when hooker Matt Kouris burrowed over and Tom Parton added the extras.

Gloucester were close to grabbing their first try of the afternoon after a few phases of play but in the end had to settle for three more points from Openshaw to make it a one point game.

There had already been some excellent rugby during the course of the day in the earlier games and Irish continued that trend when Tom Parton showed great hands to release Williams and his body movement saw him run past his man and under the posts, with Parton’s conversion making it 14-6.

Irish could have extended their advantage when Gloucester were penalised for offside but Parton’s long-range effort was just wayward.

The Irish backline showed flashes of real class in the first half but were unable to capitalise as they had to settle for 14-6 at the interval.

Irish took a giant step towards victory just minutes into the second half when Will Attfield won the foot race to a kick chase. He was brought down yards from the try line but it was due to a trip by Callum Allen and the referee sent the Gloucester lock to the sin bin and awarded a penalty-try, which Parton duly converted.

Parton missed a penalty kick at goal midway through the half but it counted for little as Irish held on for the win and added a couple of late tries to add gloss to the victory.

Replacement Harry Norton powered over following several phases of play and penalties and then with the referee having already signalled for a high tackle, Ollie Hasslle-Collins broke the line to run in under the posts.

Gloucester did score the try their endeavoured deserved late in the game as a nice move was finished off by Mason Tonks in the corner.
Gloucester Rugby: Openshaw; Tudor, Tonks, Seabrook, Robinson; Penny (Forbes,39) Randall (Chapman, 34); Emery (Bowen, 65), Walker (Haly, 46), Seville, Allen (Bennion, 46), Craig, Silvester (Hinkley, 46), Mullis, Morris.
Unused Replacements: Fowke
London Irish: Attfield; Cokanasiga, Williams (Malin-Hiscock 68), Sampson, Hasslle-Collins; Parton (Evans, 55), Brand (Grant-Adamson, 58); Leat (Winning, 54), Kouris (Torpey, 63), Hay (Boyce, 45), Butler (Southon, 65), Basham, Cooke, Ingall, Curti-Harris (Norton, 58).

Gloucester Rugby

Try: Tonks
Penalties: Openshaw 2
London Irish
Tries: Kouris, Williams, penalty try, Norton, Hassle-Collins
Conversions: Parton 3, Attfield 2

Latest News

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

George North gets first 2017 tour try in dramatic British & Irish Lions draw

The British & Irish Lions concluded their midweek fixture list in New Zealand with a thrilling 31-31 draw against the…

Newcastle Falcons can’t wait for trip to Philadelphia

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes that the second Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season match in America can…

Dean Richards

Mark Reddish retires from rugby

Harlequins second row Mark Reddish has today (Tuesday 27th June) announced that he will retire from the game due to…

Mark Reddish

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars to feature heavily in Lions final midweek game

EIGHT Aviva Premiership players will start the British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game tomorrow looking to force their way…

Teofilo Paulo excited by London Irish move but will miss home cooking

Samoan international Teofilo Paulo is making the most of his mum’s cooking ahead of the summer move to London Irish.…

British & Irish Lions beaten in first Test by New Zealand

Two second-half tries from winger Rieko Ioane helped New Zealand to a 30-15 victory in the first Test against the…

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…


Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…