Ireland U20s 24-20 Scotland U20s

Ireland avenged their defeat to Scotland earlier in the year as they made it two from two in Pool C of the World Rugby U20 Championship with Garry Ringrose the star in a 24-20 victory.

Nigel Carolan’s men were favourites to overturn their 17-10 Six Nations loss at Netherdale but they were made fight all the way by a brave Scottish side.

Ireland led 15-3 at the break, before Scotland hit back in the second-half, but Ireland always had the ability to pull away.

Despite a lot of early pressure, Scotland got nothing and in the 12th minute No 8 Magnus Bradbury knocked on; from the resulting scrum Ireland got their first try.

Ringrose broke in midfield before laying off to full-back Billy Dardis who skated in.

Ruairi Howarth was at fault next when he took his eye off the ball and that gave Ireland another attacking scrum.

Ireland eventually won a penalty and Joey Carbery, who hit five from six last time out, gave Ireland a 8-0 lead after 21 minutes on his way to an eleven-point haul.

It got worse for Sean Lineen’s men, Ireland worked their way to within inches of the line and while Ringrose failed to make it over but Oliver touched down.

Carbery converted and George Horne slotted a penalty to give Ireland a 15-3 half-time lead. 

Carbery landed his third kick of the day in the 43rd minute but Horne hit back and Scotland got their first try after 61 minutes.

It was a period of intense pressure again from the Scots with Lewis Carmichael touching down.

Blair Kinghorn kicked the conversion but Carbery responded with another penalty and Ireland led 21-13 in the 65th minute.

Scotland continued to get chances but Knott dropped the ball with the line at his mercy.

Tomás Quinlan, Ireland’s hero in their first game against Argentina, put the game beyond doubt with a penalty in the 78th minute and Ruaridh Knott’s try was just a consolation.

Scorers - Ireland: B Dardis, C Oliver tries; J Carbery 3 pens, con; T Quinlan pen.

Scotland: L Carmichael, R Knott tries; G Horne 2 pens; B Kinghorn 2 cons.

Ireland: B Dardis; C Gaffney, G Ringrose, S Arnold, S Fitzgerald; J Carbery, N McCarthy (Capt); A Porter, S McNulty, O Heffernan; D O’Connor, A Thompson; J Murphy, C Oliver, L Dow.

Replacements: Z McCall for McNulty (52 mins), C O’Donnell for Heffernan (52), N Timoney for Dow (52), J Stockdale for Arnold (61), J Dwan for Thompson (63), L O’Connor for Porter (63), T Quinlan for Carbery (67), C Rock for McCarthy (67), McNulty for McCall (72)

Scotland: R Howarth; R Nairn, T Galbraith, P Kelly, A Coombes; B Kinghorn, G Horne; M McCallum, S James, Z Fagerson; S Cummings, L Carmichael; N Irvine-Hess, J Ritchie (Capt), M Bradbury.

Replacements: R Knott for Ritchie (28 – 37, 40 mins), R Hutchinson for Bradbury (32), D Elkington for McCallum (46), R Graham for James (49), A Davidson for Horne (57), B Vellacott for Cummings (57), R Galloway for Galbraith (61), J Owlett for Fagerson (78).

Referee: Will Houston (Australia)