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Ireland’s next opponents, South Africa, stumbled to a 33-27 victory over Georgia in the opening round of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018.

South Africa opened the scoring inside 10 minutes through Wandisile Simelane before Lasha Lomidze touched down after a lovely dink from Tedo Abzhandadze.

Muller Uys scored for South Africa before Demur Tapladze intercepted a stray pass to give the Georgians a 17-12 lead at the interval.

Tyrone Green and Zak Burger crossed within ten minutes of the restart to send the 2012 winners  into a 26-17 lead.

Uys scored his second try shortly before the hour mark while Luka Dvalishvili gave Georgia a glimmer of home with a try nine minutes before the end.

Find out more about each team, including the ones to watch, in the match previews for South Africa v Ireland and Ireland v Georgia.

Match gallery attached below.

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