4 Standout Performers From Ireland U20s' Convincing Scotland Victory

4 Standout Performers From Ireland U20s' Convincing Scotland Victory

The Ireland U20s produced a convincing victory over Scotland on Friday night, securing their second win in what looks like being a very exciting tournament. Noel McNamara's side blew the opposition away, having plenty left in the tank come the end of a 24-5 victory.

Despite the appalling weather conditions, Ireland played some beautiful rugby. They also forced the hosts into a number of mistakes with their aggressiveness in defence. While it was an excellent overall team performance, we have picked out four of the top players from the win.

Liam Turner

Named man-of-the-match on the night, Turner is beginning to look like yet another fantastic Irish prospect at centre. At 6-foot tall and well built, he has the physique that makes him immediately stand out from the crowd at this level.

He was flawless in defence on Friday night, offering very little encouragement to a Scottish side on what was a night that suited defensive, risk-averse rugby.

It was in attack where he really flourished, however. He broke the line on a number of occasions, looking confident with the ball in hand. His passing was exemplary, as was his decision making. Looks a real leader on the pitch.


Harry Byrne

Byrne put in yet another masterful display in the '10' role. His ability to dictate the pace of the game is eye-catching, and he seems well beyond his years in this regard. It is also worth mentioning that he did not seem to miss a step despite the absence of scrum half Craig Casey.

His kicking remained excellent despite the appalling weather conditions, notching three conversions and a penalty. A really encouraging showing.

Dylan Tierney-Martin

Having earned man-of-the-match honours in the win against England, it was yet another fantastic performance from the Connacht hooker on Friday night. He scored another try against Scotland, adding to the two he managed on the opening weekend, showing the type of finishing ability that is somewhat rare at his position.

Perhaps that comes from his days as a back row player, having only made the switch to the front row last year. He is dangerous in the open field, with his carrying and passing ability making him a major asset.

His delivery in the line-out also held up well despite the strong winds on the night.

John Hodnett

Hodnett produced the all-important try 13 minutes into the second half to give Ireland a 17-0 lead, all but securing the result. It was the defining moment of what was an excellent all-round performance for the Munster number eight, who took his try well from close range despite some strong last ditch defence from the Scots.

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