Ireland's U20s take prized Aussie scalp
COACH Mike Ruddock described Ireland's 19-15 victory over Australia as "a good place to be" on the opening night of the U20 World Cup in France last night.
"First game up, you are coming in with not a lot of continuity. You know there will be mistakes. You know there will be moments when you won't execute. Having said that, we were on total control of the football for the game and were well worth the win. We will not underestimate Fiji in the next game,"said Ruddock.
Centre Tom Daly was the catalyst for the opening three points flying up the middle before he was given a shot at goal which he took in the fifth minute.
Ireland's superiority at scrum time was something they could rely on, driving the hapless Australians up and back as they dominated territory. They had to make their superiority tell or risk an Australian counter-punch.
Blindside Conor Joyce carried the ball hard for front-foot ball that was quickly turned into a try by wing Rory Scholes' smart finish, Daly converting from the touchline. The Australian set-piece was in disarray, although they did present problems when the game broke up, centre Uj Sueteni kicking a penalty in the 27th minute
Irish indiscipline cost when successive penalties put Australia in position to drive a lineout for lock Thomas Staniforth to ground, Seuteni's conversion pulled wide.
Seuteni was wide of the mark on resumption before Daly found his radar in the 48th and 67th minutes to make it 16-8 in favour of Ireland. The Irish were in control with eight minutes left. It was then left wing Alex Northam exploded from deep to go fully 80 metres for a try that centre Seuteni converted for a one-point game.
The commitment of Peadar Timmins to execute a blockdown earned Daly a crack at goal from 47 metres. He made it. And that was the game.