World Rugby U20s Championship Match Day 3: Manchester City Academy Stadium

Scotland v Italy, Ireland v Georgia and South Africa v France
Scotland v Italy, Ireland v Georgia and South Africa v France
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In the third round of the World Rugby U20 Championship at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, Ireland trounced Georgia while Scotland and South Africa managed victories against Italy and France respectively.

Scotland 27 - 19 Italy

Scotland ran four tries against Italy at Manchester City academy stadium on Wednesday to register a 27-19 victory.

Two points resulting out from Italian fly-half Leonardo Mantelli's conversion was the only thing separating the two teams at the half-time whistle as Scottish prop Murray McCallum (17') and Italian number eight Giovanni Licata (30') scored a try each for their respective side.

The highlight of the game was Scotland's Robbie Nairn's 50th minute try. The wing burned through opposition defence as he ran from his own 22 to score a touch down. Italian wing Luca Sperandio spilled a straight forward long-kick right into the hands of Nairn who managed to beat the Italian defenders in race to the touch line.

Scotland's fullback Blair Kinghorn (54') and number eight Ally Miller (66') added two more tries to their side's tally. In response, Italy could manage to add only two more tries to their tally as prop Daniele Rimpelli (62') and wing Pierre Bruno (76') managed to cross over the try line.

Scotland's fly-half Adam Hastings managed to make only two out of four conversions along with a penalty he scored in the 43rd minute while missing one in the 65th minute. His counterpart Leonardo Mantelli managed to score two out of two conversion attempts although not getting a chance to score any penalties.

The win has now placed Scotland overall sixth and second in the Pool B points table ending above Australia and will now compete for the fifth-eighth place play-offs  

Ireland 35 - 7 Georgia

Ireland U20 ran four tries against Georgia U20 to register a comprehensive 35-7 victory at the Manchester City Academy stadium on Wednesday.

Georgia as expected had a complete field day against Ireland who have emerged as the second best team of the tournament behind hosts England.

Irish fly-half Johnny McPhillips scored a staggering 20 out of 35 points for his side which included a 35th minute try and three successful conversions along with three penalties.

Wing duo Hugo Keenan (7') and Terry Kennedy (58') along with replacement prop Andrew Porter (79') scored the other three tries.

Fullback Brett Connon made the final conversion on the concluding minute of the game.

Scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze (4') early try was subsequently converted by fly-half David Modzgvrishvili after which Georgia failed to score a single point in the remainder of the game.

Flanker Ilia Spanderashvili received a red card in the eighth minute of the game leaving his side one man short for the remaining 72 minutes.

Luka Goginava's yellow on the 78th minute brought Georgia further down to 13 men as Ireland used the opportunity to their advantage to score another try.

Ireland will now face Argentina in the semifinals at the very same venue on 20th of June.  

South Africa 40 - 31 France

Centre Curwin Bosch scored half the points for his side as South Africa U20 managed to overcome a six-point half-time deficit to defeat a strong-willed France U20 side and register a 40-31 victory at the Manchester City Academy stadium on Wednesday.

Bosch's 20 point-haul included a 64th minute try and three out of five successful conversions along with three penalties.

South Africa ran a total of five tries with scrum-half Embrose Papier (15'), flanker Zain Davids (33'), wing Edwill van der Merwe (44') and fly-half Manie Libbok (61') crossing over the try line.

The French side which completely dominated the first-half lost steam in the second phase of the game as they managed to score just one converted try at the concluding stages of the game.

Lock Mathieu Tanguy (4'), prop Michael Simutoga (25'), fullback Romain Buros (28') and replacement Gabriel Ngandebe (79') scored tries for France.

France's Anthony Belleau gave a fierce competition to Bosch in the kicking contest as the centre successfully scored all four conversions and managed to score a penalty on the 19th minute.

Fly-half Romuald Seguy was sin-binned on the 47th minute of the game, however, France managed to not concede a single point in the next 10 minutes.

The victory has put South Africa fourth in the overall table while ending below Argentina who lead the Pool C table after winning all three pool fixtures.

France who ended up overall ninth will now compete with Georgia, Italy and Japan for the ninth to 12th place play-offs.  

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