Sunday 25 September 2016

Nigel Carolan's Ireland show battling spirit but Welsh too strong in U20 World Cup

Ireland U20s 12 Wales 22

Published 15/06/2015 | 21:50

Ireland's Alex Thompson wins possession in a lineout at the World Rugby U20 Championship 5th Place Semi-Final,
Ireland's Alex Thompson wins possession in a lineout at the World Rugby U20 Championship 5th Place Semi-Final,

A spirited fight-back from Ireland U20s in Calvisano couldn't prevent Wales from claiming victory in the fifth place play-off in the Junior World Championship.

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Nigel Carolan's side came off the 25-3 defeat to the Baby Blacks last time out and were staring down the barrel of a comprehensive defeat at the interval against their Six Nations rivals.

Three tries in the opening 40 minutes gave the Welsh, who finished third in Pool A behind France and England, a commanding lead.

Irish out-half Joey Carbery was unsuccessful with a penalty attempt in what was the loser's only real scoring threat in the first half, despite Wales playing with 14 men for 10 minutes after Tom Phillips was sent to the sin-bin.

Ireland showed real grit on the resumption with Ciaran Gaffney touching down and Carbery adding the extras.

A raft of substitutions didn't help the flow of the game and Wales had a second player sent to the bin when Ollie Griffiths was shown yellow.

Scrum-half Charlie Rock sniped over the line with eight minutes remaining to give Ireland a sniff, but they couldn't prevent Wales from back-to-back wins.

Ireland now face Scotland for seventh place while Wales will face Australia in the fifth place play-off on Saturday.

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