Irish Wolfpuppies Register Second Victory

Ireland beat Scotland 24-20 to scoop their second victory of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at Stadio San Michele on Saturday.  The Scottish Juniors were down by 12 points at the break despite coach Sean Lineen making eight changes to a side that lost 68-10 to New Zealand.  Both sides had a solid start to the match but the Wolfpuppies found the opening points in the 10th minute through a Billy Dardis try.

Joey Carbery extended the lead for his side with a well struck penalty in the 20th minute.  The Irishmen were 15 points to the good in the 30th minute after Conor Oliver dotted for the second try of the match.  Seven minutes later Lineen’s men slotted a penalty to end the half trailing 15-3.

Both sides successfully slotted home their penalties in the early minutes of the second stanza to make it 18-6 heading to the hour mark.  Lewis Carmichael dotted his side’s first try of the match in the 61st minute.  Niall Carolan’s men quickly answered with points of their own to make it 21-13.
Ten minutes before the end of the match, Ireland were short of two men.  Ruaridh Knott scored a late try for his side, that was not enough as the match ended 24-20 with the men in green winning the match.

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