Ireland U20 29-45 Scotland U20, Perpignan
Ireland U20 head into the battle for relegation after they were comprehensively beaten by Scotland with a 29-45 margin in Perpignan on Tuesday.
Even though Charlie Chapman kicked a seventh-minute penalty goal to get Scotland off the mark, Ireland took control of the game with tries from Harry Byrne and Peter Sylvester in the 10th and 21st minute respectively with the fly-half also slotting a couple of conversions to take the scoreline to 14-3.
Ireland's dominance in the opening 25 minutes was short-lived as Scotland scored three tries in a span of 15 minutes. The first of the try came from Finlay Richardson as he punished a poor defence from Ireland and soon the prop also crossed over for the second time seven minutes later.
Scotland's momentum was aided as Ireland lost Hugh O'Sullivan to sin-bin for a no-arms tackle on Robbie Smith. Logan Trotter made most of the numerical advantage as he crashed past the line in the 37th minute and Chapman converted all the three tries and the teams headed into the break with a 17-24 scoreline.
Things turned from bad to worse for Ireland as Scotland scored two more tries coming from Guy Graham (48') and Kyle Rowe (55') and Chapman maintained his 100% record. In an eventful final quarter, Tommy O'Brien crashed from the corner and Conor Dean improved it but Chapman conversion on a Devante Onojaife's try ensured Scotland maintained a 24-45 lead.
Both teams were reduced to 14-men for the most part of the final 10 minutes as Ireland's Caelan Doris and Scotland's Rowe were sin-binned in the 68th and 72nd minutes respectively and despite a consolation try from Jack Daly, Ireland succumbed to a 29-45 defeat.