Ireland U20s blown away by England

England blows away Ireland U20s
The Ireland squad stand during the national anthem before the World Rugby U-20 Championships Final match between Ireland and England at AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo by Matt McNulty/Sportsfile

Ireland’s hopes of glory in their first World Rugby U-20 Championship were thwarted by England on Sunday

England 45

Ireland 21

The home side ran in six tries to Ireland’s three, with England leading by 21-0 at one stage. Ireland however could not repeat the pattern to mount a late comeback to dent England’s lead as they had done so many times before in the tournament. Joe Marchant crossed the line for England’s first try which captain Harry Mallinder duly converted.

Mallinder converted again after Callum Chick capitalised on driving the scrum toward the try-line, before lock Huw Taylor added another to give England a 21-point lead at the break.

England blows away Ireland U20s
Conor O’Brien of Ireland in action during the World Rugby U-20 Championships Final match between Ireland and England at AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo by Matt McNulty/Sportsfile

Fine form Mallinder was on fine form as he converted and scored a try of his own, before Ireland eventually got on the scoresheet with 48 minutes played through Adam McBurney’s crafty movement from a lineout.

Johnny McPhillips converted to make it 28-7, but man of the match Mallinder, who finished with 25 points, got over for his second converted try and to make it 35-7 in the third quarter.

England blows away Ireland U20s
Shane Daly of Ireland challenges Matt Gallagher of England for a high ball during the World Rugby U-20 Championships Final match between Ireland and England at AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo by Matt McNulty/Sportsfile

Ireland kept going as Shane Daly got his try after a break from y full-back Jacob Stockdale, with McPhillips converting to reduce the gap.

Ireland scrum-half Stephen Kerins was binned for blocking which led to more space for England to capitalise on as they claimed their sixth try through Marchant.

Deegan got another try for Ireland with Brett Connon converting, but it would prove to be the last score of the game as England ran out title-winners.


Scorers: England: Tries: H Mallinder (2), J Marchant (2), C Chick, H Taylor. Cons: Mallinder (6). Pens: Mallinder Ireland: Tries: A McBurney, S Daly, M Deegan. Cons: J McPhillips (2), B Connon


ENGLAND: M Malins; S Aspland-Robinson, J Marchant, J Williams, M Gallagher; H Mallinder, M Green; L Boyce, J Singleton, B Walker; S South, H Taylor; G Nott, W Evans, C Chick.

REPLACEMENTS: H Randall for Green, W Stuart for B Walker, A Kitchener for South, J Willis for Nott, T West for Boyce, C Piper for Singleton, O Thorley for Gallagher, M Wright for Aspland-Robinson


IRELAND: J Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); M Byrne (Terenure/Leinster), S Daly (Cork Con/Munster), C O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster), H Keenan (UCD/Leinster), J McPhillips (Queen’s University/Ulster), S Kerins (Sligo/Connacht), A Porter (UCD/Leinster), A McBurney (Ballymena/Ulster), B Betts (Young Munster/Munster), S O’Connor (Cashel/Munster), J Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster); G Jones (UCD/Leinster), D Aspil (St Mary’s RFC/Leinster), M Deegan (Lansdowne/Leinster).

REPLACEMENTS: J O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) for C O’Brien, B Connon (Newcastle Falcons) for McPhillips, V O’Brien (Cork Con/Munster) for McBurney, K Brown (Shannon/Munster) for Brown, N Saunders (Epsom College/Exiles) for Kerins, E Mintern (Cork Constitution/Munster) for O’Connor, A Coyle (Naas/Leinster) for Betts, J Bollard (Dublin University/Leinster) for Porter

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