Joe Dunleavy and Ireland U20s claim Bonus Point win over Scotland

Katrina Barker
March 11, 2018

Before Saturday's game, Scotland had not beaten England for ten years and failed to score a try against them at Murrayfield since 2004.

Rory Best says his side aren't thinking about any form, and the Ireland Captain insists they're expecting the Scots to want to hit the ground running.

"For us it's about trying to drag those young guys along, they probably think they are going to get lot of opportunities but as I know it doesn't work out like that".

"It was a great performance for France".

They very almost recovered - despite giving away 16 penalties - to win the game at the last, but they never threatened to score four tries, meaning Ireland could celebrate a week early, France claiming a 22-16 win on the day.

Ireland U20s had a 5 point win over Scotland U20s last night at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin.

"France has gone through a tough time", the 64-year-old Brunel said.

Ireland punted an eminently kickable penalty to the corner, only to come away with no reward for that early enterprise.

The bonus-point fourth try came with 11 minutes to go, when hooker Sean Cronin, only three minutes after replacing Best, dived over from the back of a rolling maul.

Ireland will be wary of their visit to Twickenham, especially as it was they who denied England the grand slam last season in identical circumstances.

Joe Schmidt admitted the 20-point winning margin was harsh on Scotland and skipper John Barclay agreed his side were hard done by.

Scotland drew first blood in Dublin as Greig Laidlaw kicked them into a 3-0 lead, but it was the hosts who would edge a scrappy opening half.

The champions, in the dying minutes of their reign, did at least get one of the four tries required, Daly making a fine, immediate pass back inside to give May the simplest of finishes.

The second week of the tournament saw Schmidt's men score eight tries against the Azzurri at the Aviva Stadium, as they registered their first bonus-point success of 2018.

After taking a big hit from Stuart Hogg, Ireland's medical team were heavily criticsed for allowing the prop to play on instead of sending him for an HIA, despite the fact that he looked seriously groggy.

The statistics show that Ireland had 69% possession and spent three quarters of the game in the Welsh half and that pressure led Wales to uncharacteristically concede penalties.

Ireland have won five from five and will now travel to Twickenham with the Grand Slam and of course, Triple Crown, in their sights.

"Have they earned it?"

"As Declan Kidney said, I was just as much a part of it as everyone else back in 2009 when I was in the bibs".

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