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Ireland U20s blown away by Wales, England set up World Cup final against New Zealand

Nigel Carolan’s men were 22 – 0 behind at half-time, but battled back with two second half tries.

Ireland U20 12

Wales U20 22

IRELAND UNDER 20s suffered another World Cup defeat this evening as familiar foes Wales earned a spot in the fifth-place play-off against Australia.

Nigel Carolan’s side managed to rally in the second half with tries from Ciaran Gaffney and Charlie Rock putting a gloss on the scoreboard, but the game was long since over.

Ciaran Gaffney competes for a high ball with Tomos Williams  15/6/2015 Source: Giuseppe Fama/INPHO

Wales, who also defeated Ireland in the Six Nations this year, scored all 22 of their points in the first half. Ireland were on the back foot from the off with Dafydd Howells touching down after five minutes.

Joey Carbery was off target with a penalty after Seb Davies’ score helped push the deficit to 12 – 0 and the ‘Wolfpuppies’ were held scoreless until the break. Wing Josh Adams scored Wales’ third of the night and out-half Jarrod Evans added a penalty to his two conversions to open up a 22 – 0 gap at half-time.

Joey Carbery 15/6/2015 Carbery runs an attack with Ringrose in support. Source: Giuseppe Fama/INPHO

The loss leaves Ireland in a seventh-place play-off with Scotland, who dominated long sections of their pool meeting with Ireland last week, at 2pm this Saturday.

A view of an Irish maul 15/6/2015 Source: Giuseppe Fama/INPHO

While Ireland were slipping to defeat, England set up a World Cup semi-final against New Zealand with an impressive 28 – 20 win over South Africa.

After a 25th minute try from James Chisholm broke a 6- 6 deadlock, the defending champions’ sheer force helped them open up an 18 – 6 advantage at half-time through a penalty try.

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Centre Nick Tompkins’ try made the score 26 – 6 with 10 minutes remaining, but his subsequent yellow card paved the way for late (but excellent) Baby Bok scores from Malcolm Jaer and Daniel Du Plessis.

Tevita Li scores a try Tevita Li scoring the second of his brace against Ireland. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHO

Earlier, New Zealand ran riot against France to take the first final berth (KO Saturday 19.30).

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