Ireland 26 Scotland 18: Despite a ragged performance Ireland signed off on their championship campaign with a win over Scotland thanks to a bit of luck and a dominant second-half.

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Ragged display but Ireland U20s sign off with third victory

Ireland 26 Scotland 18: Despite a ragged performance Ireland signed off on their championship campaign with a win over Scotland thanks to a bit of luck and a dominant second-half.

Ragged display but Ireland U20s sign off with third victory

Nigel Carolan’s men scored four tries, two either side of half-time, to see off a Scotland team severely disrupted by injuries in the second period.

Although handling and decision making was suspect at times, it was the maul was proved particularly useful for Ireland. After a couple of early trundles Ireland capitalised from a penalty kicked to touch midway through the first-half when captain James Ryan peeled off a maul and hared towards the line. The second row was held up just short of the whitewash but before Scotland could regroup hooker Adam McBurney buried his way across. Brett Connon’s conversion gave Ireland a 7-6 lead which they barely deserved after Adam Hastings’ two penalties had put Scotland ahead.

Ireland should have extended their lead just after the 30-minute mark when out-half Johnny McPhillips threw a cut-out pass to Jacob Stockdale. The Ulster winger looked to have space to exploit but the touch judge called it back for a forward pass which television replays proved was incorrect.

Weak tackling in the Irish midfield allowed Scotland winger Darcy Graham to dart in untouched from the 22 and Hastings’ conversion gave the visitors a 13-7 lead.

Where Ireland were unfairly called back for a forward pass prior to the Scots’ try, they found a justice, of sorts, before half-time when Hastings kicked out on the full when he believed 40 minutes were up. Unfortunately the stadium clock was not synced to the play and referee Dan Jones awarded Ireland an attacking lineout on the 22.

As the ball came out of the maul Hastings pushed up on Ireland centre Conor O’Brien causing the ball to loop up and into the hands of McPhillips. The Irish out-half freed up Shane Daly, who supplied Stockdale for a run-in finish which left the hosts trailing by just one point at the break.

Ireland came out with renewed vigor in the second half and after winning a succession of penalties openside Will Connors crossed over after siege on the Scottish line.

Ireland’s dominance in the scrum was rewarded with a penalty try five minutes later. George Taylor managed to grab a second try for the Scots, but they could not stop Ireland winning their third game.

Scorers for Ireland:

Tries: McBurney, Stockdale, Connors, penalty try Cons: Connon 3

IRELAND:

B Connan; H Keenan, S Daly (P Kiernan 76), C O’Brien, J Stockdale; J McPhillips (M Byrne 76), S Kerins (J Poland 76); J Bollard (A Porter ht), A McBurney, C O’Donnell (A Coyle 70); S O’Connor (P Claffey 48), J Ryan (capt, H Kean 76); C Gallagher, W Connors, G Jones (M Deegan 48).

Scorers for Scotland:

Tries: Robbins, Taylor Cons: Hastings Pens: Hastings 2

SCOTLAND:

T Galbraith; D Graham, R Hutchison, G Taylor, B Robbins (R Nairn ht, R Dawson 45); A Hastings (R Howarth ht), H Fraser; M McCallum (G Thornton 60), J Kerr (L Anderson 57), C Sheldon; C Hunter-Hill, S Ainslie; S Burnside, M Smith (L Scott 28, H Bain 50, A Nicol 57-67), A Miller.

Referee:

D Jones (WRU).

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