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Ireland U20s Hang On For Draw Despite Late Red Card

Ireland U20s Hang On For Draw Despite Late Red Card
By Colman Stanley Updated
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Ireland U20s have secured a 34-34 draw against England U20s in their opening game of the World Rugby U20 Championship in South Africa.

After Ireland held the lead at the end of the first half, thanks to tries from Sam Prendergast, George Hadden, and James McNabney, England came out hot in the second 40.

They managed to take a two score lead before Ireland hit back with a fantastic try from Ruadhan Quinn, who got on the end of a pin point cross-field kick from scrum-half Fintan Gunne.

Ireland then continued their purple patch with two scores in quick succession from Henry McErlean and Hugh Cooney giving them a 34-24 lead coming into the final stages of the match.

However, they would have been disappointed not to have been further ahead, with the usually reliable Sam Prendergast missing his first four conversions.

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England hit back themselves with a penalty kick and a try, before Hugh Cooney was sent-off for a head contact tackle on Jacob Cusick.

While Cooney came off the worst in the challenge, it was the correct decision from the referee, although England were fortunate not to have further cards themselves for similar hits.

The game became very scrappy in the closing stages with both sides making a host of unforced errors.

England attacked deep into Ireland's 22 beyond the 80 minutes, but Ireland managed to regain possession and clear their lines.

Ireland take on Australia this Thursday (kick-off, 10.00am) in a must win game.

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