England Students were denied a victory in their first international as Andy Keating scored a late converted try to snatch a share of the spoils for Ireland Universities.
“We would have liked to win, but we did well to get the draw.
“We worked pretty hard. We let Ireland get away in the middle period, but we came back well. Quite an exciting game.
“We had confidence in the boys in the way they played, they had intent right through it. We started to get a few injuries, especially to the backs, which was the only concern. But our fitness told.”
Ireland Universities boss Dan van Zyl told Irish Rugby:
"It was a great performance from the boys, coming from different backgrounds and different Universities. To put a performance in like that and don't stop playing, I'm very proud of the boys.
"Even there at the end, drawing the game and I then I heard the boys saying 'Joué! Joué!' with 30 seconds left, so I couldn't go against our philosophy. Although we made an error, we fought back and 36-all, I think, is a good result.
"It was a pleasure to watch as well as being a coach of one of the sides."
England Students: Kaye; Stileman, McClean, Dunbar, Murdoch; Dixon, Pointon; Brockelebank, Miller (capt), Mason; Preston-Routledge, Britton; Uzokwe, Barnard, Robinson.
Replacements: Roach, Broadley, Giltrow, Macpherson, Nuttal, Watson, Norman, Glover.
Tries: Dixon, Uzokwe, Pointon (2), Stileman
Cons: Kaye (4)
Ireland Universities: Hudson; Mollen (capt), K Slater, Dixon, Mcllroy; Gilsenan, Peters; Cusack, Maguire, Skehan; Mitchell, Dwan; Burke, Faloon, Cahill.
Replacements: Keating, Cleary, Molony, Marks, Bollard, Dargan, B Slater, Tyrrell
Tries: Mollen (2), Peters, Keating
Cons: Mollen (2)
Pens: Mollen (3), Gilsenan