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Ireland U20s into World Championship semi-finals after win over gutsy Georgia

Nigel Carolan's men face Argentina in Monday's semi final.

Tom Rooney

Published 15/06/2016 | 20:21

15 June 2016; Sean O'Connor of Ireland is tackled during the World Rugby U-20 Championships match between Ireland and Georgia at Manchester City Academy Stadium in Manchester, England. Photo by Matt McNulty/Sportsfile
15 June 2016; Sean O'Connor of Ireland is tackled during the World Rugby U-20 Championships match between Ireland and Georgia at Manchester City Academy Stadium in Manchester, England. Photo by Matt McNulty/Sportsfile

The Ireland Under 20s have progressed to the semi-finals of the World Championships in Manchester after scoring four unanswered tries en route to a handsome victory over a gritty Georgian outfit.

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Following on from their outstanding wins over Wales and New Zealand, Nigel Carolan’s men regrouped after conceding an early try to overcome the Georgians, who were reduced to 14 men after just eight minutes.

Ireland will face Argentina in Monday's penultimate round, while England take on the Springboks.

Georgia came out the blocks impressively and were 7-0 ahead by the fifth minute when captain Vasil Lobzhanidze crossed over before Davit Modzgvrishvili slotted the conversion.

Ireland quickly returned the favour as winger Hugo Keenan finished off an excellent collective effort. Before the conversion could be taken the referee consulted the TMO and then dismissed Spanderashvili for striking out at Ireland second row Sean O’Connor.

Johnny McPhilips sent over the conversion thereafter, but Georgia weren’t prepared to wilt at the first sign of adversity. McPhillips added to his tally with a pair of penalties.

The fly-half continued to punish the Georgians and, just before the turn, converted his own try, giving Ireland a 20-7 lead. It was only then that the Georgians looked a spent force.

After the break Ireland pulled away as Terry Kennedy crossed over to cap off another fine team move, which was prefaced by another penalty from the boot of McPhillips.

In the final seconds prop Andrew Porter dotted down and Brett Cannon added the points. In the other Pool game, the All Blacks beat Wales by a single point.

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