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Curtis shines but U20s hammered

England 48 Ireland 15

By Staff Reporter

Ireland U20s' Six Nations title push came up well short against England at the Ricoh Arena.

Angus Curtis has had a fine campaign and the Ulster centre was central to Ireland's start.

He fired a beautiful pass to Angus Kernohan who was bundled into touch. From the lineout, Harry Byrne's kick was gathered by Tommy O'Brien, who passed for James Hume to score.

But England hit back as Ben Loader rose above Michael Silvester and dotted down to level.

Then, O'Brien ran clear from the 22 to put his side back in front. Byrne added the extras.

Dingwall then scored and Tom Hardwick's conversion drew the teams level again, before he fired over a penalty and Byrne responded in kind for 15-15.

But England dominated afterwards. Ben White got the first try of the second half and Hardwick added the extras for 22-15.

Joe Heyes then got over for the bonus point, Hardwick added the extras and did so again for Gabriel Ibitoye try with 10 minutes remaining.

Josh Basham scored a sixth try, again converted by Hardwick. A seventh soon followed from Ben Earl.

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