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Coach Joe Schmidt sees Ireland edge victory against Italy

Ireland 19-13 Italy

Ireland were forced to defend for their lives for their second victory of the Championship, as senior coach Joe Schmidt and his backroom staff looked on.

After the stunning win over England last time out, expectations were high as Ireland returned to Donnybrook.

Captain James Ryan picked up another man-of-the-match award in a typically towering second-row display while openside flanker Will Connors led from the front but coach Nigel Carolan will have been frustrated it took his side so long to click into gear.

Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale started his first game of the Championship.

Giovanni Pettinelli went over, Mantelli converting and adding a penalty before the break to put the visitors 13-6 up.

It wasn't until Shane Daly's try after 51 minutes that Ireland regained the lead.

Conan O'Donnell was harshly sent to the sin bin for seemingly collapsing the set-piece.

Ireland U-20s: B Connon; H Keenan (T Kennedy 68), S Daly (P Kiernan 72), C O'Brien, J Stockdale; J McPhillips, J Poland (N Saunders 72); A Porter, A McBurney, C O'Donnell; P Claffey, J Ryan (capt); C Gallagher, W Connors (B Betts 39-40), G Jones (M Deegan 68).

Italy U-20s: M Minozzi; P Bruno (L Masato 55), R Dal Zilo, M Zanon, L Sperandio; L Mantelli, V Trussardi; D Rempelli (G Amendola 70), M Manfredi (N Broglia h-t), M Riccioni; L Krumov (G Zilocchi 74) S Ortis (L Masselli 55); G Pettinelli, D Ciotoli (M de Marco 68), G Venditti.

Referee: S Grove-White (SRU)

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