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Opening Win For Irish U20s

6th June 2013 By Munster Rugby

Opening Win For Irish U20s

The Ireland U20s recorded an opening victory in the Junior World Championship in France, defeating pool B opponents Australia 19-15.

Ireland opened the scoring with a Tom Daly penalty before Rory Scholes dived over the line for the first try after 24 minutes and with Daly adding the extras Ireland held a 10 point advantage coming up to the half hour mark. Australia fought back and reduced the margin to 2 points going in at the interval.

Daly kept the scoreline tipping over with two further penalties before Australia once again clawed their way back with a converted try and there was one point the difference after 71 minutes setting up a thrilling finish. But Daly was on the mark again with his final penalty and Ireland held on to claim opening victory.

Ireland U20s: Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster); Adam Byrne (UCD/Leinster), Thomas Farrell (Lansdowne/Leinster), Thomas Daly (Lansdowne/Leinster), Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); Steve Crosbie (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) Capt; Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons/Exile), Adam Boland (Lansdowne/Connacht), Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster), John Donnan (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Conor Joyce (Malone/Ulster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Ryan Murphy (Dolphin/Munster).
Replacements used: Daniel Leavy (UCD/Leinster) for Murphy (36 mins), Ryan Furniss (Worcester Warriors/Exile) for Boland (54-64, blood sub), Darragh Leader (Galwegians/Connacht) for Scannell, Edward Byrne (UCD/Leinster) for Dooley, Bryan Byrne (UCD/Leinster) for McGuigan, Mark Roche (Lansdowne/Connacht) for A Byrne (all 75), Sean McCarthy (Shannon/Munster) for Timmins (79). Not used: David Shanahan (Clontarf/Leinster).


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