Ireland U20’s clinched the 2019 U20 Six Nations Championship with a thrilling win against their French counterparts at Independent Park, Cork on Friday night.

With Scotland U20 beating Wales U20 27 – 20 at Meggetland, Edinburgh at the same time, Ireland U20 are now home and hosed in the championship and will be aiming for a Grand slam when they face Wales U20 at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay on Friday 15th March.

The results from the three games played on Friday are shown below.

Ireland U20 31 29 France U20
Scotland U20 27 20 Wales U20
England U20 35 10 Italy U20

 

This leaves Ireland six points clear of their nearest rivals with one game to play.

U20 Six Nations Standings After Round 4
TEAM PL W D L PF PA DIFF TF TA TB LB PTS
Ireland 4 4 0 0 124 75 49 14 10 2 0 18
France 4 2 0 2 122 99 23 17 14 3 1 12
England 4 2 0 2 103 75 28 13 10 2 1 11
Wales 4 2 0 2 83 81 2 10 11 1 1 10
Scotland 4 1 0 3 81 118 -37 13 15 2 0 6
Italy 4 1 0 3 68 133 -65 10 17 1 0 5

Ireland’s points came from tries from prop Josh Wycherley (2) and his replacement Callum Reid. Late replacement out half Ben Healy had an excellent game with the book, keeping Ireland’s noses in front with four penalties and two conversions.

France responded with four tries with Jean-Baptiste Gros, Louis Carbonel (2) and Kevin Viallard crossing, the impressive Carbonel adding three conversions and a penalty for a personal haul of 19 points.

I suppose the scorers, two props in Ireland’s case and a prop, an outhalf and a centre in France’s, is a fair reflection of how the game went from what little I saw of it. France looked dangerous with the ball in hand, however Ireland just wanted it more and they put in the work to grind out the win.

The Ulster involvement in this one consisted of Angus Kernoghan (Queens) putting in 73 minutes and try scorer Callum Reid (Banbridge) got 16 minutes. In a tight game, there were limited substitutions and David McCann (Banbridge) didn’t get a run.

Full report and pics over on the IRFU site. 

Ireland U20 France U20
Jake Flannery 15 Alexandre de Nardi
Angus Kernohan 14 Vincent Pinto
Liam Turner 13 Arthur Vincent
Sean French 12 Julien Delbouis
Jonathan Wren 11 Matthis Lebel
Ben Healy 10 Louis Carbonel
Craig Casey 9 Quentin Delord
Josh Wycherley 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros
Dylan Tierney-Martin 2 Rayne Barka
Tom Clarkson 3 Alex Burin
Charlie Ryan 4 Gauthier Maravat
Niall Murray 5 Florent Vanverberghe
Martin Moloney 6 Paul Boudehent
Scott Penny 7 Sacha Zegueur
John Hodnett 8 Jordan Joseph
John McKee 16 Loris Zarantonello
Callum Reid 17 Eli Eglaine
Ryan Lomas 18 Giorgi Beria
Ryan Baird 19 Adrien Warion
David McCann 20 Maxence Lemardelet
Cormac Foley 21 Kevin Viallard
James McCarthy 22 Mathieu Smaili
Rob Russell 23 Ethan Dumortier

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