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Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 2:56 pm
by Dave
Rea and Stewart starting tomorrow against italy. Curtis and Cooper on the bench.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 2:35 pm
by Neill_M
Beat 22-21 by Italy in opener. Games v Scotland and New Zealand still to come in the group.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 2:36 pm
by kingofthehill
Neill_M wrote:Beat 22-21 by Italy in opener. Games v Scotland and New Zealand still to come in the group.


Who are the coaches?


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Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 2:40 pm
by Neill_M
kingofthehill wrote:
Neill_M wrote:Beat 22-21 by Italy in opener. Games v Scotland and New Zealand still to come in the group.


Who are the coaches?


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Peter Malone assisted by Kieran Campbell.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 2:43 pm
by Neill_M
Were 15-3 down at HT, recovered to lead 21-15, only to concede a late try and miss a penalty to win it. Coverage on ITV4 of the tournament (showing semi finals and final live), highlights tonight (11pm). Eir Sport have the coverage South of the border.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 3:28 pm
by Dave
Only seen the first half which was poor. The Irish pack looked a bit lightweight and got turned over a few times. The Italians were skillful and inventive in attack. I didn't see Rea do too much in the first half. His opposite number was a monster and scored a try.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 7:16 pm
by jamsodonnell
I think you can watch these games on worldrugby.org. Ireland with too many injuries to really make an impact in this tournament. Also drop hooker McElroy because he didn't want to join Connacht Academy and may go to Saracens Academy instead. Sounds like another Nucifora decision.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 8:11 pm
by lw7
Higher work rate from the Irish backs than the forwards in the first half!!
The Green pack turned the tables round in the third quarter which Ireland dominated. However they couldn't add to the two quick fire tries from electric wing man Nash at the start of the second half.

Some defining moments
24 mins Ireland pick & drive knocked on at the Blue line.
57 mins Tynan lost control of the football as he tried to ground it for a score.
50 ~ 65 mins two premature drop goal attempts missed from Conor Deans.
70 mins No.12 Frawley kicked a penalty for Irish to lead lead 21v15 but then they conceded a penalty from the restart.
In the minutes before the late Italian try Game Management & Control would have easily closed the game out for the Irish boys. Ireland had possession in the opposition 22. Lost it then casual defence allowed the Italians to come from inside their own 10 metre line to score.
Green 18 was culpable in this build up & Frawley shot out to get neither man nor ball, leaving space for the Italian backs racking into the green 22.

Hats off to the Italian 15 running the inside line, taking the ball from behind him & juggling it Zebo style before scoring.
The conversion was a skud kick that went wide of the right hand post but somehow veered inside at the last moment.
Frawley should have knocked over the final long kick.

Stewart.
Guilty at 38 & 47 mins of getting in the way of high takes that resulted in team mates knocking on.
44 & 65 mins He made two beautiful long touch finds from inside the Ireland 22.
His body language was different in the second half when his forwards started delivering for him.
Nice passing game.
The way the Substitute Italian 9 kept talking & marshaling his team in the last few minutes before they conceded the final penalty was text book. Stewart needed to be more vocal especially in the first half.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:07 pm
by Setanta
The Ireland-Scotland game was brilliant. OK, Ireland lost but that was one of the most enjoyable rugby matches I have seen in a long time. Very impressed with the Irish hooker - Kelleher I think. Great darts, defence and attack. 28-32 with some super tries.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:54 am
by Neill_M
Final group match v New Zealand on Thursday to come, so likely to finish bottom of the group and go into the playoffs for 9th-12th. The team who finishes 12th are "relegated" to the Trophy competition for the following year.

Were in the final last year...

Obviously the squad quality will change from year to year, also injuries etc to factor in.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:24 pm
by Setanta
Yes, huge difference between a first year team and a second year team.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:06 pm
by lw7
What made the Ireland - Scotland game exciting was the perfect weather conditions and the Scottish running from deep. The back 3 of Graham, Nairn & Kinghorn were skelectric.
As a team they played an exhibition of quick running lines and one handed offloading, exemplified by a thrilling length of the field score in the first half.
Shame for them that they didn't polish off some of their other chances.
Their No.8 Fagerson was another standout.

Like the Italian game the Irish forwards ran too many one man carries close to the ruck. Repetitive with few wider carries using 2nd or 3rd back door passes out from the ruck.
The Scots interlinked play between forwards and backs with ease. The Irish ball carrying was more segregated with separate forward and back phases.

The much vaunted Jack Kelly sliced through the Scottish line & did a lot of work to score a fine individual try in the second half.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:27 pm
by Dave
Ireland 31-3 down at halftime against NZ.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:40 pm
by Dave
Finished 69-3.

Re: Ireland u20s

PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:19 pm
by Neill_M
Ireland likely to go into the 10th/11th PO game v Samoa. A win there will avoid the 11th/12th relegation match.