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Under-20s too slick for Scots

Ireland 26-18 Scotland

Published 19/03/2016

Thumbs up: Peter Claffey celebrates after the game
Thumbs up: Peter Claffey celebrates after the game

Will Connors' second-half score and a dominant scrummaging performance earned Ireland Under-20s a hard-fought 26-18 victory over their Scottish counterparts at Donnybrook to claim third spot in the Under-20s Six Nations.

The Scots will be disappointed not to have made more of a strong first-half. Two Adam Hastings penalties and a Ben Robbins score were scant reward for the amount of possession and territory they enjoyed.

It was Ireland though who looked more clinical in attack - outstanding hooker Adam McBurney barged over from a lineout and Jacob Stockdale finished some flowing backs play.

Connors scored immediately after half-time before the front-row earned Ireland a penalty try and despite George Taylor's consolation score, John Dalziel's boys fell to their third defeat and will finish fourth in this year's tournament.

Quite apart from the immediate context, the game represented a final chance for the players to stake a claim for the Junior World Championship in Manchester in June.

A number of players who missed the Six Nations through injury will come into consideration for the summer tournament.

Coach Nigel Carolan will be thrilled to finish on a high note.

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