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Daly sticks boot into French

Leinster's Tom Daly shot 17 points in their 22-5 defeat of France in the U20 Six Nations at Dubarry Park last night, writes Des Berry.

The Irish looked far more crisp than in their three previous encounters, centres Rory Scannell and Daly asking questions to which France did not have the answers for Daly to strike a penalty in the seventh minute.

The Irish defence was holding up well until out-half Romain Ruffenach claimed a try in the 12th minute, but the lead was quickly reclaimed via a Daly penalty.

The Carlow man was back for more in the 22nd minute, and kicked Ireland into a 12-5 lead after a powerful maul in the 27th minute.

The Irish pack had their tails up and stormed into a French counter-attack to force a mistake from wing Florian Vialelle, who was binned for a deliberate knock-on. Daly duly kicked his fifth penalty.

The Irish tore into the French when flanker Conor Joyce conceded a careless penalty for foul play. Their defence was committed, controlled and disciplined.

The French went back to basics. Their maul was activated to effect. Scrum-half Yohan Domenach pulled a 50th-minute penalty right.

The Irish lineout started to misfire. John Andrew missed his first throw. Daly was wide for the first time in the 60th minute.

France suffered for replacement Baptiste Serin's petulant stamp on Irish lock John Donnan and Gael Fickou's illegal tackle. Both were binned.

Flanker Joyce cut inside for Ireland's first try in the 66th minute. Daly converted to ensure Ireland's second win from four rounds.