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Daly's boot guides U-20s to victory

LEINSTER'S Tom Daly shot 17 points in Ireland's 22-5 defeat of France in the U-20 Six Nations at Dubarry Park on Friday night.

The Irish looked far more crisp than in their three previous encounters, with 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.

Out-half Steve Crosbie was blacked down by Romain Ruffenach, who followed up to claim a try in the 12th minute, but the lead was quickly reclaimed by Daly after a late tackle.

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

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

In the second half, the Irish lineout started to misfire. Hooker George McGuigan was replaced. John Andrew missed his first throw. But France suffered for replacement Baptiste Serin's petulant stamp on Irish lock John Donnan and Gael Fickou's illegal tackle. Both were binned.

The gaps were there to be exploited. Conor Flanker Joyce cut inside for Ireland's first try in the 66th minute.

Daly converted to ensure Ireland's second win from four rounds.