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O'Sullivan curbs Scottish charge

Ireland 30-25 Scotland

Jack O'Sullivan scored two tries as Ireland edged a dramatic battle with Scotland in the U20s Six Nations.

The Munster No.8 also took the man of the match award as the hosts claimed a 30-25 victory, their second win from four games in the championship.

Noel McNamara's team treated the crowd at a rainy Donnybrook to another edge of the seat ride that combined some excellent passages of play and individual skills with defensive errors.

Scotland played their part and refused to lie down, claiming a losing bonus point.

"For large parts of the game we were in control but unfortunately we managed to find a way to allow the Scots back in to it. They really took their opportunities," McNamara said.

"You can't get bored of doing the simple things and we didn't in the first half. The message at half-time was to do the same again but unfortunately we did make an error."

But there was plenty of positives to be drawn from the match, not least the performance of UCC man O'Sullivan who scored the first try after just three minutes.

Harry Byrne added eight points with the boot and the hosts lead by 13 points with 18 minutes gone. Scotland landed two penalties of their own before another O'Sullivan break from a scrum led to flanker Matthew Agnew going over to hand Ireland a 18-6 lead at the break.

A defensive error by Angus Kernohan allowed Kyle Rowe to touch down for the Scots before Ulster's Matthew Dalton finished off a multi-phase move to push the Ireland lead out to 23-18.

Once again Ireland failed to secure the restart and Martin Hughes scored the visitors' second.

Play moved from end to end before O'Sullivan produced a moment of magic to break the line and coast over for what turned out to be the winning score.

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