Emerging Ireland win 66-0 after 45 mins

Date published: June 13 2014

Emerging Ireland began their IRB Nations Cup campaign with a 66-0 win over Russia that was called off after 45 minutes due to bad weather.

Emerging Ireland opened their IRB Nations Cup charge with a 66-0 win over Russia that was called off after just 45 minutes due to bad weather.

The game was initially postponed five minutes after the interval because of a thunderstorm, but then the match officials opted to abandon matters.

Dan McFarland and Neil Doak's men had raced out of the blocks at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest, notching 50 on 36 minutes.

And the barrage continued either side of the break, with Craig Gilroy, Robin Copeland, Niall Annett, Tommy O'Donnell, Paul Marshall and Andrew Conway among the scorers before the heavens opened and the players departed.

Romania beat Uruguay 34-16 in the late game.

For Emerging Ireland:
Tries: Keatley, Conway 3, Annett, Gilroy 2, Copeland, O'Donnell, Marshall
Con: Keatley 5, Hanrahan 3

The teams:

Emerging Ireland: 15 Johne Murphy, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Andrew Conway, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Dominic Ryan (capt), 5 David Foley, 4 Michael Kearney, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Niall Annett, 1 Callum Black.
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 John Ryan, 18 Billy Holland, 19 Sean Dougall, 20 Luke McGrath, 21 JJ Hanrahan, 22 Brendan Macken.

Russia: 15 Igor Klyuchnikov, 14 Mikhail Babaev, 13 German Davydov, 12 Alexey Makovetskiy, 11 Igor Galinovskiy, 10 Ramil Gaysin, 9 Alexander Ianiushkin, 8 Victor Gresev, 7 Andrey Temnov, 6 Andrey Garbuzov, 5 Denis Antonov, 4 Alexander Voytov (capt), 3 Sergey Sekisov, 2 Stanislav Selskiy, 1 Alexey Volkov.
Replacements: 16 Valery Tsnobiladze, 17 Grigory Tsnobiladze, 18 Alexander Bezverkhov, 19 Artem Fatakhov, 20 Pavel Butenko, 21 Alexey Shcherban, 22 Sergey Ianiushkin.

Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)