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Ireland U20: Ireland batter Italy to progress to 5th Place Play Offs

Ireland U20 produced a bruising first half performance against Italy to record a five try bonus point win and progress to the 5th Place Play Offs in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship. 

Following their substantial defeat to Australia, Ireland needed a lot of other results to go their way for a top four finish. There were a few surprises, not least Argentina’s defeat of France, but nothing really came down in Ireland’s favour and they will now face England again on Monday 17th June with a win required to secure a top 6 finish. 

Italy (7) 14

TRY: Alessandro Fusco, Penalty Try

CON: Paolo Garbisi

Ireland (31) 38

TRY: Michael Milne, Cormac Foley, Azur Allison, Rob Russell, Ryan Baird

CON: Ben Healy (5)

PEN: Ben Healy

It wasn’t a great match and it certainly wasn’t pretty. Ireland outmuscled Italy in the first half to bag the try bonus and race to a 7 – 31 lead. 

Prop Michael Milne opened the scoring and outhalf Ben Healy added the conversion and an early penalty to give Ireland a 0 – 10 lead after 12 minutes. 

Cormac Foley, Ulster’s Azur Allison and Rob Russell all battled their way to the line in an error strewn first half and with Healy continuing with his 100% conversion success Ireland had the game and the bonus point in the bag with a 0 – 31 lead before the break. 

Italy swapped out five players just before the break and they received immediate reward with a Alessandro Fusco try, converted by Paolo Garbisi on the stroke of half time to give a 7 – 31 scorelaine as the teams changed ends. 

Italy got a penalty try on resumption to take the score to 14 – 31, minutes into the second half, but any thoughts of a competitive game breaking out were quashed as both sides looked out on their feet. 

Ireland raised their game for Ryan Baird to score on the 55th minute, Healy adding the conversion, and the game drifted to it’s inevitable end in a scrappy final quarter, with Ireland recording a 14 – 38 win. 

ITALY U20 IRELAND U20
Ange Capuozzo (FC Grenoble)15Jake Flannery (Cork Constitution)
Jacopo Trulla (Valsugana Rugby Padova)14Angus Kernohan (QUB)
Federico Mori (Rugby Etruschi Livorno)13Liam Turner (C) (Dublin University)
Damiano Mazza (Rugby Calvisano)12Cormac Foley (St Mary’s College)
Cristian Lai (Fradis Rugby)11Rob Russell (Dublin University)
Paolo Garbisi (Rugby Mogliano)10Ben Healy (Garryowen)
Alessandro Fusco (Rugby Napoli)9Colm Reilly (Buccaneers)
Lorenzo Michelini (Biella Rugby)1Josh Wycherley (Young Munster)
Niccolo Taddia (Rugby Rovigo Delta)2John McKee (Old Belvedere)
Matteo Nocera (Fiamme Oro)3Michael Milne (UCD)
Nicolae-Cristian Stoian (FIR Academy)4Thomas Ahern (Shannon)
Thomas Parolo (Rugby Rovigo Delta)5Ryan Baird (Trinity College)
Angelo Maurizi (L’Aquila Rugby 1936)6David McCann (Banbridge)
Davide Ruggeri (C) (Rugby Como)7Ciaran Booth (Sale Sharks)
Antoine Koffi (Rugby Calvisano)8Azur Allison (Ballymena)
   
Andrej Marinello (AS Ruggers Tarvisium)16 
Matteo Drudi (Frascati Rugby)17Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University)
Filippo Alongi (I Titani)19Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians)
Andrea Zambonin (Rangers Rugby)20Charlie Ryan (UCD)
Andrea Chianucci (Rugby Club I Medicei)21Niall Murray (Connacht)
Mirco Finotto (Rugby Mogliano)22Luke Clohessy (Shannon)
Giacomo Da Re (Rugby Mogliano)24 
Giulio Bertaccini (Amatori Parma Rugby)25Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution)
 26David Ryan (UCD)
 28Max O’Reilly (Dublin University)

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