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Ireland under 20s reach final of World Rugby Cup

Ireland 37, Argentina 7:
Under 21, World Rugby semi-final, Manchester City Academy Stadium:
IRELAND under 20s stormed into the final against South Africa in the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on Saturday (7pm) with an emphatic win over Argentina today. In a four-try display of sensible and controlled rugby, the Irish had first half tries from full-back Jacob Stockdale (2) and Max Deegan while out-half Johnny Phillips kicked the three conversions that gave his side a 21-7 lead at the break. Cruz Mallia scored Argentina’s only try, converted by Domingo Mmiotti on 38 minutes.
It was to be the Puma’s last score with Ireland seeing out the game comfortably with a further try from Shane Daly who ran clear after a clever interception and Brett Connon added the conversion. Johnny McPhillips kicked the rest of the points.
In what has been an outstanding tournament for the Irish, they had earlier victories over Wales 25-26, over Argentina 24-33 and over Georgia 7-35.
Shannon back-row Kelvin Brown (pictured) recovered from an ankle injury to play his part as a replacement.
Ireland: Jacob Stockdale; Matthew Byrne, Shane Daly, Conor O’Brien, Huge Keenan; Johnny McPhillips, Stephen Kerins; Andrew Porter, Adam McBurney, Ben Betts; Sean O’Connor, James Ryan; Greg Jones, David Aspil, Max Deegan. Replacements, Vincent O’Brien, James Bollard, Adam Coyle, Evan Mintern, Kelvin Brown, Niall Saunders, Brett Connon, Jimmy O’Brien.

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