Academy News Tough start in Dublin for Under-18s
The Saints Under-18s side suffered a tough defeat to Leinster Schools in the opening outing of their two-match tour of Dublin, losing 39-0.
Although it was a tough defeat for the U18s, the game was a good test of character for the side after a short training week and gave 25 players the opportunity to come up against some of the best young players in Ireland and learn from playing in a different environment.
Conditions were tough for the youngsters in Ireland, with rain and strong winds hampering the Saints’ ability to control play. Academy coach Mark Hopley spoke about how believed that the side did not control their game well enough and made too many mistakes.
“We were disappointed with the performance,” he said. “Leinster played the conditions better and were more clinical, we couldn’t get into any sort of pattern.
“We didn’t control the territory well enough and we didn’t maintain possession. However the lads will be able to take a lot out of the game time that they had. We will now take the opportunity to put a few things right ahead of the game on Sunday.”
The team completes its tour on Sunday afternoon against Luanguedoc.