Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ireland under-20s humble the French in Athlone

Tom Daly, Ireland, takes a penalty kick tonight
Tom Daly, Ireland, takes a penalty kick tonight

THE Irish under-20s recorded an impressive 22-5 victory over Fabian Pelous' France at Dubbary Park.

Tom Daly's accuracy from the boot was crucial as he contributed 17 points to a well deserved victory.

Ireland settled well in Athlone and early pressure forced the concession of a penalty in front of the French post which Tom Daly easily converted.

 Against the rub of play France took the lead as Steve Crosbie's kick was charged down by the French hooker Romain Ruffenach who slid in for a try.

Ireland hit back immediately as Tom Daly slotted another penalty allowing Mike Ruddock's side to retake the lead 6-5.

Three more Daly penalties saw Ireland stretch their advantage with France penalised for slowing up the ball at ruck time and a sin-binning for Florian Vialelle saw the French temporarily down to 14.

Ireland defended strongly in the opening exchange of the second half and an increasingly frustrated France were again reduced to 13 as Baptiste Serin was binned for an impetuous stamp and he was joined soon afterwards by Gael Fikou.

Rudock's men immediately capitalised as Conor Joyce drove home from close range for a try and Daly converted for a 22-5 lead and that's how it remained

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