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Thursday 8 December 2016

Ringrose set for huge test against All Blacks

Irish centre know All Blacks will be different proposition

Ireland's Garry Ringrose at the Ireland U20 Media Event ahead of World Rugby Junior World Cup. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Ireland's Garry Ringrose at the Ireland U20 Media Event ahead of World Rugby Junior World Cup. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Centre Garry Ringrose is under no illusions about what Ireland have to do against New Zealand to make the U20 World Cup semi-finals out in Italy.

"We'll certainly have to bring our A-Game if we're to beat them," he remarked.

Ireland put the scalp of Scotland (24-20) beside that of Argentina (18-16) to stand just two points off the Baby Blacks in Pool C.

The four-time champions have shown greater firepower to eclipse the Scots 68-10 before withstanding a torrid fightback by Argentina to engineer a 32-29 victory in round two on Saturday.

Ireland were unable to cut loose against Scotland in Calvisano and, in fact, were almost reeled in as they let a 15-3 half-time lead slip away. The way Ringrose sliced through off first phase ball and sent full-back Billy Dardis hurtling to the corner was a sign of what they are capable of.

Their continuity and commitment to changing the point of attack underpinned their second try from flanker Conor Oliver.

Overall, coach Nigel Carolan narrowed their game plan in what was a workmanlike performance as they struggled to secure enough ball to build on their solid start.

There is a real sense that this talented group have not delivered on its' potential in the Six Nations or at this tournament, even though they are unbeaten.

The change in approach from Argentina to Scotland did them few favours. They went back to basics, turned away from the all-embracing open court game they showed on the first day.

"It was the simple things that were going to win it," said Ringrose.

"If one or two things had gone differently, I'm sure Scotland could have come out the right end of that result.

"There are certainly a lot of work-ons for us on one or two missed opportunities. But, all in all, it was positive."

DECIDED

The Pool will be decided on Wednesday when Ireland and New Zealand collide at Stadio Zaffanella in Viadana for an evening kick-off.

Until now, Ireland have had to handle extreme heat that has stifled their energy levels, making their bench a key component in their two wins.

"The conditions played a huge part," added Ringrose.

"It was really hot in here, over 30 degrees. It was always going to be tough, both packs blowing very hard."

The forward pack is battling hard to break even with what has been an inconsistent lineout and scrum as well as an underpowered carrying game.

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