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Under 20s: Irish share spoils with late try

Wales 26 Ireland 26: David Doyle grabbed a dramatic injury-time try to snatch a draw as Ireland U20s shared the spoils with their Welsh counterparts at Parc Y Scarlets.

First half tries from Martin Moore and Craig Gilroy helped Mike Ruddock’s men to an 18-17 half-time advantage. Then three penalties from home fly-half Matthew Morgan looked to have secured Wales a narrow victory.

But Doyle pounced in the 83rd minute to clinch a share of the spoils. Ireland could have gone a step further and sealed the win but Paddy Jackson struck the left-hand post with the conversion.

Ireland got off to the perfect start with a Jackson penalty but Wales almost instantly struck back with a try from Adam Warren. Morgan added the extras to put the hosts into a 7-3 lead.

Ireland soon responded thanks to Jackson’s second penalty on nine minutes. And Ireland had a strangle-hold on the game when Moore drove over from close range after 15 minutes.

Gilroy sliced through the Welsh defence before crashing through three defenders to score. Jackson dissected the posts to stretch Ireland’s lead to 18-7.

Wales re-grouped and Owen Williams raced clear to score.

Jackson added a third penalty on 43 minutes before Morgan booted Wales into a 26-21 lead with three penalties.

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