Ireland hope to finish on high note

THE curtain comes down on a successful IRB under 19 World Championship in Belfast today, with the host nation bidding to finish on a positive note when they face Scotland in the 9th Place Play-Off Final at Ravenhill (3pm).

This will precede the 3rd Place Play-Off Final between Australia and Wales (5:30pm) before the evening concludes with the grand final between New Zealand and South Africa (7:30pm).

Ireland and Scotland meet for the second time, with Ireland squeezing out a 13-12 win in the team’s pool encounter on April 9, thanks to an injury time Eoin O’Malley try.

Ireland coach Charlie McAleese expects a feisty Celtic battle, and Scotland’s sense of grievance in the fall-out from the sides’ first meeting should see a close-fought battle ensue.

“Their management have said they don’t see this as an end-of-tournament game.

“They feel they were outdone unfairly the last day on a whole lot of scores — they felt the referee played too much injury time and that our late try wasn’t a try. Their coach, Peter (Wright), overspilled with the referee and got a three match ban on account of it.

“There was a bit of bad feeling more against the referee than ourselves, but that could manifest itself into this game.”

McAleese has made a number of changes from the team that beat Japan 31-10 on Tuesday. Adam Craig returns to full back after missing out on the last two games.

Eoin O’Malley moves from outhalf, where he played in the victory over Japan, to his more familiar role at centre.

Scott Deasy returns to no 10 and Harry McAleese also returns at scrumhalf in place of Kris Greene.

The entire front row has been changed, with Paul Karayiannis, Stephen Douglas and Patrick McCabe coming into the team in place of Ian Leonard, Michael Sherry and Matthew Nelson.

The backrow has also been remodelled with Jason Harris-Wright making his first start of the championships at blindside flanker.

Kieran Essex comes back into the team at No.8, with captain Paul Ryan moving to openside.

IRELAND (v Sco): A Craig (Instonians); A Gaughan (Buccaneers); J Smith (Ballymena), E O’Malley (UCD), P Brophy (St. Michael’s College); S Deasy (PBC, Cork), H McAleese (Ballynahinch); P Karayiannis (RBAI/Queens), S Douglas (Ballymena), P McCabe (Dublin University FC); D Foley (UL Bohemian), I Nagle (Glenstal Abbey); J Harris-Wright (Blackrock College), P Ryan (capt) (Blackrock College RFC), K Essex (CBC, Cork / UCC). Replacements: S Douglas (Ballymena), I Leonard (St. Michael’s College), M Nelson (Ballynahinch), B Cawley (UCD), P Mallon (St. Michael’s College), K Greene (St. Mary’s College), C Cleary (St. Michael’s College), N Morris (Blackrock College RFC), M Kinsella (Newtown School, Waterford), T Seymour (Down High School), R Riley (St. Michael’s College).

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CourtsRugbyPlace: BelfastPlace: RavenhillPlace: New ZealandPlace: South AfricaPlace: scrumhalfPerson: Eoin O’MalleyPerson: Charlie McAleesePerson: PeterPerson: WrightPerson: McAleesePerson: Adam CraigPerson: Scott DeasyPerson: Harry McAleesePerson: Kris GreenePerson: Paul KarayiannisPerson: Stephen DouglasPerson: Patrick McCabePerson: Ian LeonardPerson: Michael SherryPerson: Matthew NelsonPerson: Jason Harris-WrightPerson: Kieran EssexPerson: Paul RyanPerson: CraigPerson: A GaughanPerson: J SmithPerson: E O’MalleyPerson: P BrophyPerson: S DeasyPerson: H McAleesePerson: P KarayiannisPerson: S DouglasPerson: P McCabePerson: D FoleyPerson: I NaglePerson: J Harris-WrightPerson: P RyanPerson: K EssexPerson: I LeonardPerson: M NelsonPerson: B CawleyPerson: P MallonPerson: K GreenePerson: C ClearyPerson: N MorrisPerson: M KinsellaPerson: T SeymourPerson: R RileyEvent: IRB Under 19 World ChampionshipOrganisation: IrelandOrganisation: ScotlandOrganisation: AustraliaOrganisation: CelticOrganisation: JapanOrganisation: SCOOrganisation: InstoniansOrganisation: BuccaneersOrganisation: BallymenaOrganisation: UCDOrganisation: St. Michael’s CollegeOrganisation: PBCOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: BallynahinchOrganisation: RBAIOrganisation: QueensOrganisation: Dublin University FCOrganisation: UL BohemianOrganisation: Glenstal AbbeyOrganisation: Blackrock CollegeOrganisation: Blackrock College RFCOrganisation: CBCOrganisation: UCCOrganisation: St. Mary’s CollegeOrganisation: Newtown School, WaterfordOrganisation: Down High School
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