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All Blacks stand in way of slot in semis

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Dan Leavy. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Dan Leavy. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Dan Leavy. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

IRELAND set up a winner-takes-the-semi-final slot against New Zealand with a 46-3 win over Fiji in the U20 World Cup at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, north-west France.

"I thought it was a very professional display. We didn't want to play too loose, too early. We drove them in the lineout, worked them in the scrum and we finished then off with some tries," said coach Mike Ruddock.

The Irish went to the maul as their staple diet for yardage, Japanese referee Shuhei Kubo quick on the whistle for centre Tom Daly to strike a penalty in the fifth minute.

Ireland had to withstand sustained Fiji pressure before breaking out for fly-half Steve Crosbie to orchestrate an attack from deep that ended with wing Darren Sweetnam getting in at the corner for 8-0 in the 17th minute.

Fiji scrum-half Emori Waga narrowed the gap when Dan Leavy (pictured) was deemed to have gone off his feet at a ruck.

Then, Leavy was given the licence to hold on longer than he should when grounded for Daly to restore the eight-point cushion before stretching Ireland out to 14-3 in the 37th minute.

An impressive series of scrums splintered Fiji, tight-head Chris Taylor carrying low to the floor for a well-deserved try converted by Daly to make it 21-3 in the 45th minute.

The contest was put to bed when left wing Rory Scholes accelerated around the outside and onto his own kick for a superb individual effort.

Scholes followed this with a second from a textbook three-quarter move for the bonus point by the 56th minute, flanker Dan Leavy and Sweetnam rounding out the six tries.


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