Thursday 22 February 2018

Ireland under-20s secure comprehensive win over Fiji

Mike Ruddock
Mike Ruddock

The Irish under-20's secured a comfortable 46-3 victory over Fiji at the Stade de la Rabine as they continued their fine start to the Junior World Cup.

After their impressive victory over Australia, Mike Ruddock's side were expected to run out comfortable winners and they did running in five trys.

Fiji made a bright start to the game and should have been in front but for some wayward penalty kicking.

Ireland finally settled and opened the scoring when Tom Daly slotted over a penalty of his own.

Mike Ruddock's side had Rory Scholes to thank for a try-saving tackle on Elia Ratucove on 11 minutes.

Ireland then scored a tremendous team try with forwards and backs interplaying well before an overlap was created wide and Darren Sweetnam dived over in the corner.

Daly missed the conversion but the score finally settled the Irish team and a good period of pressure drew another penalty but Daly was again wayward.

Emori Waqa recovered from earlier misses to give the Fijians their first points of the game with a penalty and the Fijians were playing much better than they did during their 59-6 defeat to New Zealand earlier in the week.

Ireland led 11-3 on the half-hour mark thanks to another Daly penalty.

Fiji looked dangerous in open play but were poor at the set-piece and the penalty count against them was rising although Daly was struggling to punish their errors.

Daly made it 14-3 in the 37th minute and that's how it remained at the break.

Ireland assumed control at the beginning of the second half with a try from prop Christopher Taylor and a superb individual effort from Rory Scholes.

Scholes scored his second try as he finished off a great move picking up a beautiful reverse pass from Tom Daly before forcing his way over. Flyhalf Crosbie missed the conversion.

Dan Leavy went low and dived over in the corner for Ireland's fourth try of the half following good work from Mark Roche and Darren Sweetnam in the build-up. Again the conversion went astray.

Rory Scannell, Ireland's third different placekicker, scored a penalty and less than a minute later Darren Sweetnam chipped over the Fiji defensive line and seized on the loose ball and ran under the posts allowing Scannell an easy task in adding the extras.

There were no further scores as Ireland eased to a 46-3 win.

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