Ireland U20’s will play France for 5th place on Friday after defeating England 27 – 12 in a highly entertaining encounter at the Cape Town Stadium in the 2012 JWC. The win against England guarantees Ireland a top 6 seeding for next years competition, which in theory means that their group should be slightly easier than it has been in recent years.
Ireland started the game full of intent and the Irish youngsters were first on the scoreboard with wing Barry Daly intercepting a long pass around the half way line to out pace the defence and score on the 8th minute. JJ Hanrahan added the extras and Ireland led 7 – 0.
England pushed for territorial advantage but Ireland held up reasonably comfortably and always looked sharper and more inventive than their counterparts and were always able to relieve the pressure.
A nice break of the back of a retreating scrum by half back Kieran Marmion was well supported by second rows Alan O’Connor and Tadhg Beirne, with Ulster’s Ian Henderson on hand to take the pass off Beirne and power over the line for Ireland’s second score. Hanrahan added the extras to give Ireland a 14 point lead.
Having got themselves into a similar position in the pool game and then relaxing the Irish youngsters learnt their lesson and kept the pressure on the England side forcing a high error count and a fair amount of niggle from the English side. Hanrahan took advantage to slot over a penalty on the 35th minute to extend Ireland’s lead to 17.
However it was Ireland who felt the wrath of the referee with Henderson carded on the stroke of half time for taking a player out in the air and with no further scores the teams turned round with the scoreboard reading Ireland 17 England 0
England hit back shortly after the re-start with Walker going over for an unconverted try in the corner to take the score to 17 – 5 but this time round Ireland held their nerve and redoubled their efforts.
The Irish pack created havoc at the breakdown and England struggled to cope with first Walker and then a petulant Yarde sent to the sin bin. Hanrahan took full advantage first knocked over a penalty for Walkers offence and then exploiting the space created by Yarde’s absence to find Jordan Coghlan with an expert cross field kick for the flanker to dash over. Hanrahan converted and Ireland had the game in the bag at 27 – 5.
England hit back with a late try and conversion from Slade but it was too little too late with Ireland comfortably closing out the game 27 – 12 to guarantee Ireland their highest finish in the JWC.[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle]PREVIEW[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Ireland U20’s face England U20’s later this afternoon in the 5th – 8th place play offs in the Junior World Cup.
Six Nations opponents Ireland and England met previously in the pool stages in South Africa, with the English staging a second half comeback to take a 20-15 win.
For this weekend’s rematch, the Irish management have made a total of nine changes in personnel and two positional switches.
The match sees all of Ulster’s representation in the starting line up with Dungannon’s Peter Nelson reverting to full back, Quins Stuart Olding makes his first start moving into the centre alongside Dungannon’s Chris Farrell and Hinch’s Iain Henderson moves to the backrow adding some more grunt to the Ireland pack.
In other changes Barry Daly joins Foster Horan to complete the back-three with Coghlan-Murray dropping out of the squad.
Leading scorer JJ Hanrahan and Kieran Marmion return to the team at out-half and scrum half respectively.
Captain Niall Scannell and Tadhg Furlong resume up front, joining Des Merrey in the same front row that started against South Africa and England in the pool stages.
Tadhg Beirne has been named alongside Alan O’Connor in the second row with regular lock Iain Henderson moved to blindside flanker where he takes over from Aaron Conneely.
Jordan Coghlan and number 8 Jack Conan, who captained Ireland against Italy, complete the back row trio.
Meanwhile, England Under-20 head coach Rob Hunter has made nine changes to the side that lost out to South Africa in their final pool game.
Ireland U20’s threw away a golden chance to beat England in the pool stages and the make up of the back line indicates that Ireland are preparing to play an expansive game against the solid English side who will be smarting following their defeat to the hosts last time out. Ireland looked sharp in the previous game against the English until the appalling conditions at Stellenbosh began to take their toll.
With the game now moved to the Cape Town Stadium, the wide open spaces of the ground should suit Ireland making them marginal favourites in what promises to be an exciting game.
Hopefully we’ve got the gremlins sorted from the last match and we’ll be posting live updates from the game.
|Des Merry||1||Alec Hepburn|
|Niall Scannell (C)||2||Nathan Morris|
|Tadhg Furlong||3||Kyle Sinckler|
|Alan O’Connor||4||Dom Barrow|
|Tadhg Beirne||5||George Merrick|
|Iain Henderson||6||Dave Sisi|
|Jordon Coghlan||7||Chris Walker (C)|
|Jack Conan||8||Jack Clifford|
|Kieran Marmion||9||Ben Spencer|
|JJ Hanrahan||10||Henry Slade|
|Foster Horan||11||Josh Bassett|
|Chris Farrell||12||Ryan Mills|
|Stuart Olding||13||Sam Hill|
|Barry Daly||14||Will Addison|
|Peter Nelson||15||Ben Ransom|
|James Rael||16||Max Crumpton|
|Peter Reilly||17||Luke Cowan-Dickie|
|Jake Cawley||18||Ross Harrison|
|Shane Buckley||19||Billy Vunipola|
|Aaron Conneely||20||Ben Nutley|
|Luke McGrath||21||Dan Robson|
|Jack Carty||22||Tommy Bell|
|Mikey Sherlock||23||Marland Yarde|
Ireland now face France at 1:15 UK/Irish time on Friday 22nd June at Newlands stadium.
June 17, 2012 – 5:43 pm
And that’s it – great win for Ireland in the 2012JWC. Well done boys. .
June 17, 2012 – 5:40 pm
Ireland wind down the clock with a Carty penalty attempt – missed. but no worries Score reads Ireland 27 England 1
June 17, 2012 – 5:39 pm
England are not endearing themselves at the mo!
June 17, 2012 – 5:38 pm
England continue to mouth off. Unpleasant young men!
June 17, 2012 – 5:36 pm
Just a consolation as Ireland look to close it out. in the remaining 2 minutes.
June 17, 2012 – 5:36 pm
England pull one back with 4 minutes left. Ireland 27 England 12 is the score.
June 17, 2012 – 5:35 pm
Hanrahan converts and its 27 – 5. Should be able to cruise through the final minutes.
June 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm
Try Ireland. The impressive Coghlan crosses to take the score to 25 – 5. That should be it.
June 17, 2012 – 5:32 pm
Less than ten minutes and Ireland are looking comfortable in defence. Turn the ball over there from another England att
June 17, 2012 – 5:31 pm
Luke McGrath repaces Kieran Marmion for Ireland.
June 17, 2012 – 5:29 pm
12 minutes to go for Ireland. Looking to defend their lead with score reading 20 – 5. England getting a bit mouthy
June 17, 2012 – 5:27 pm
Yellow card for Yarde for england. Ireland still lead 20 – 5.
June 17, 2012 – 5:25 pm
England pushing for a score but Ireland hold out at the minute.
June 17, 2012 – 5:21 pm
Hanrahan adds another penalty just now. Score reads Ireland 20 England 5
June 17, 2012 – 5:15 pm
Ireland scores from Barry Daly and Iain Henderson with tries. JJ Hanrahan added 2 conversions and a penalty.
June 17, 2012 – 5:14 pm
Ops – got our timing wrong here. Second half started but the good news is Ireland Lead 17- 5
June 17, 2012 – 5:12 pm
Ireland U20 v England U20 here from 17:00 today.[/wptabcontent][/wptabs]