Ireland U20s finish Championship with win over Scotland
Ireland U-20 26 18 Scotland U-20
Ireland U-20s ensured that they finished their Six Nations campaign with three straight victories after they had enough to see off a strong Scottish outfit at Donnybrook this evening.
The hosts trailed by a point (12-13) but a try either side of the break meant that Nigel Carolan’s youngsters will head to the Junior World Cup with plenty of momentum behind them.
Adam Hastings kicked two penalties to put the visitors into a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes but Ireland responded shortly after when hooker Adam McBurney burrowed his way over from close range after a well-worked lineout.
Brett Connon's conversion put Ireland in front but they were pegged back after half an hour when Darcy Graham darted in off his wing to score. Hastings added the extras for a 13-7 lead but Ireland again hit back.
With the stadium clock showing that the 40 minutes had elapsed, Hastings booted the ball into touch but there were in fact still five minutes left to play according to the referee.
Ireland won the subsequent lineout and worked the ball through the hands and Jacob Stockdale crossed in the corner to cut the deficit to a point at the break.
Ireland continued in the ascendency after the restart and Will Connors’ converted try put them 19-13 in front.
Andrew Porter made a strong impact from the bench and the powerful loosehead prop was central to the penalty try that Ireland were awarded just before the hour mark.
Scotland also lost Callum Sheldon in the process and while Connon converted both scores, they did hit back with a second try through George Taylor.
It proved to be just a consolation though as Ireland held out to seal a third place finish.