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Baby Blacks too strong for a spirited Ireland side and advance to last four

New Zealand 25 Ireland 3

Published 10/06/2015 | 21:23

10 June 2015; Nick McCarthy, Ireland, gets the ball away. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Massimiliano Pratelli / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; Nick McCarthy, Ireland, gets the ball away. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Massimiliano Pratelli / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; Joey Carbery, Ireland, kicks a penalty. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; David O'Connor, Ireland, contests a lineout with Joshua Goodhue, New Zealand. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; The New Zealand U20 players perform the Haka. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; Lorcan Dow, Ireland, attempts to break through the New Zealand defence. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; Joey Carbery, Ireland, kicks a penalty. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; Joey Carbery, Ireland, lines up a penalty kick. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; The Ireland and New Zealand players before kickoff. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Massimiliano Pratelli / SPORTSFILE
10 June 2015; The Ireland and New Zealand players before kickoff. World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C, Ireland v New Zealand. Luigi Zaffanella Stadium, Viadana, Italy. Picture credit: Massimiliano Pratelli / SPORTSFILE

Nigel Carolan's Ireland could not become the first men's side from this country to beat New Zealand at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella in Viadana this evening.

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Ireland began brightly and controlled territory early on but unfortunately fly-half Joey Carbery could only convert one of three penalty opportunities to put the underdogs in front.

The New Zealand response was swift as Tevita Li finished off a move by diving over in the corner after 17 minutes.

Otere Black was unable to convert but he did add two penalties before the break to give the Kiwis a 11-3 half-time lead.

The 10 minutes after the break proved crucial as the Baby Blakcs put the game beyond Ireland with a second try from Li and another from openside Blake Gibson, both of which were converted by Black to make it 25-3.

The final 30 minutes were scoreless as Ireland battled on grimly but they failed to book a place in the semi-finals as the best runner-up from the three groups and bow out.

New Zealand will play France in the final four with the other semi-final featuring England and South Africa.

Ireland play Wales in the shield on Monday in the 5-8th place playoffs.

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