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Ireland one match from U20 World Cup relegation after being torn apart by 6-try Scots

Noel McNamara’s men will have to beat either Georgia or Japan to play in this tournament again next summer.

Michael Silvester gets snagged on a break.
Michael Silvester gets snagged on a break.
Image: World Rugby Pool Pics/Pascal Rodriguez/INPHO

Ireland U20  29

Scotland U20  45  

John Fallon reports from Perpignan

IRELAND ARE SET for their lowest ever finish at the World Rugby U20 Championship and could face relegation to World Trophy next year unless they win a play-off against Georgia or Japan next Sunday in Beziers.

Ireland seemed poised for their first win of this year’s campaign when they opened up a 14-3 lead after 23 minutes, but they were behind by the interval and Scotland bossed the second-half.

It was Scotland’s first win of the campaign and a fourth loss in a row for Noel McNamara’s men.

The impression after 23 minutes was so different as Harry Byrne and Peter Sylvester carved open the Scottish defence for top class tries.

But Scotland hit back and tighthead prop Finlay Richardson got in for two tries in eight minutes and Logan Trotter also crossed to lead 24-17 at the break with Irish scrum-half Hugh O’Sullivan in the bin.

Guy Graham crossed nine minutes after the restart and another conversion from Charlie Chapman made it 31-17.

They pushed that out to 38-17 after 58 minutes through winger Kyle Rowe.

Tommy O’Brien hit back for an Irish try after good work but Scottish No.8 Devante Onojaife crossed for their sixth try, with Irish captain Caelan Doris picking up a yellow card in the process.

Ireland crossed for a fourth try eight minutes from time when Jack Daly got over for a good score but it was purely damage-limitation at that stage as Ireland now try and regroup for their first ever relegation decider in this competition.

Scorers for Scotland:

Tries: Richardson (2), Trotter, Rowe, Graham, Onojaife

Penalty: Chapman [1 from 1]

Conversions: Chapman [6 for 6]

Scorers for Ireland:

Tries: H Byrne, Sylvester, O’Brien, Daly

Penalty: H Byrne [1 from 1]

Conversions: Byrne [2 from 2], Dean [1 from 2]

Scotland: Paddy Dewhirst; Logan Trotter, Cameron Hutchison, Stafford McDowall, Kyle Rowe; Callum McLelland (Ross Thompson ’73), Charlie Chapman; Sam Grahamslaw (Ross Dunbar ’62), Robbie Smith (Finlay Scott ’62), Finlay Richardson; Jamie Hodgson (Charlie Jupp ’78), Marshall Sykes; Martin Hughes (Guy Graham ’11), Rory Darge, Devante Onojaife.

Ireland: Michael Silvester (Leinster) (Tom Roche (Leinster ’76); James Hume (Ulster), Sean O’Brien (Leinster), Peter Sylvester (Munster), Tommy O’Brien (Leinster); Harry Byrne (Leinster) (Conor Dean (Leinster ’58), Hugh O’Sullivan (Leinster) (Jonny Stewart (Ulster ’63); Jordan Duggan (Leinster) (Bryan O’Connor (Munster ’50), Diarmuid Barron (Munster) (Dan Sheehan (Leinster ’50), Joe Byrne (Leinster); Matthew Dalton (Ulster) (Charlie Ryan (Leinster ’58), Jack Dunne (Leinster); Joe Dunleavy (Ulster), Matthew Agnew (Ulster) (Jack Daly (Munster ’60), Caelan Doris (Leinster).

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)

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