'A' International: England Saxons 8-14 Ireland Wolfhounds

England Saxons (5) 8

  • Try: Watson
  • Pen: Burns

Ireland Wolfhounds (14) 14

  • Tries: Boss, Madigan
  • Cons: Madigan (2)

Tries in the first half by Leinster half-back pairing Isaac Boss and Ian Madigan proved enough to give Ireland Wolfhounds victory over England Saxons.

Scrum-half Boss found a gap in the English defence to touch down after five minutes at Gloucester's Kingsholm.

Anthony Watson scored the home side's only try after scooping up a knock-on from Wolfhounds winger Craig Gilroy.

Madigan got his try after taking a quick tap-penalty and wriggling to find enough space to cross for the score.

England produced a late resurgence to try to steal victory, but Elliot Daly was held up short and Freddie Burns was squeezed into touch when trying to sneak a try.

Burns, the Gloucester fly-half bound for Leicester in the summer, was outshone by opposite number Madigan whose superior goal-kicking and opportunist try could catch the eye of Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Madigan converted the two Irish tries while Burns missed five points off the tee on his home ground.

Burns finally slotted a penalty with a little more than a quarter-hour to play, but they were the only points of the second half as the Wolfhounds defence held firm.

England Saxons: Daly, Watson, Hopper, Hill, Sharples, Burns, Simpson, Waller, George, Mercey, Matthews, Kruis, Clark, Wallace, Ewers.

Replacements: Miller for Hopper (41), Slade for Hill (29), Lewis for Simpson (74), Ward for George (63), Wilson for Mercey (41), Stooke for Matthews (49), Catt for Wallace (60), Dickinson for Ewers (49).

Ireland Wolfhounds: Jones, McFadden, Henshaw, Cave, Gilroy, Madigan, Boss, Kilcoyne, Herring, Moore, Henderson, Tuohy, Ruddock, O'Donnell, Copeland.

Replacements: Keatley for Henshaw (60), Zebo for Gilroy (49), Marmion for Boss (69), McGrath for Kilcoyne (49), Strauss for Herring (41), Archer for Moore (49), Diack for Henderson (69), Murphy for O'Donnell (60).

Att: 8,200

Ref: Ian Davies (Wales).