Munster scrum-half Tomas O’Leary gave watching Ireland boss Declan Kidney something to think about with a try for the Irish Wolfhounds – but he couldn’t stop England Saxons bagging the bagging rights with a 23-17 win.
The 22-cap No. 9 was one of the surprise omissions from Kidney’s RBS 6 Nations squad and with Munster not back in RaboDirect PRO12 action until February 12 the Saxons clash was an important one.
And despite starting on the bench the 28-year-old’s energy after entering the fray, plus an opportunist score, will have no doubt caught the eye of the Ireland chief.
Dave Kearney – who plys his trade with RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Leinster – also crossed for a try, as did O’Leary’s Munster teammate Simon Zebo, but it was not enough to stop the Saxons taking the win.
The Wolfhounds’ pack had a torrid time throughout the Sandy Park clash with Ben Spencer and Thomas Waldrom crossing for tries to go with 13 crucial points from the boot of Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns on his home ground.