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Friday 20 October 2017

Ryan leads comeback

Ireland U20s

The Irish played poorly in patches, relying on hitting 13 points in ten minutes to turn the game on it's head early into the second period (Stock photo)
The Irish played poorly in patches, relying on hitting 13 points in ten minutes to turn the game on it's head early into the second period (Stock photo)

Ireland moved on to a respectable two-from-four return by taking out Italy 19-13 in the U20 Six Nations on a balmy night at Donnybrook.

The Irish played poorly in patches, relying on hitting 13 points in ten minutes to turn the game on it's head early into the second period.

Full-back Brett Connon and Italian out-half Leonnardo Mantelli exchanged penalties by the 12th minute.

The scrum Shenanigans prompted another three from Connon and the binning of Conan O'Donnell to allow flanker Giovanni Pettinelli dash over following a maul.

Mantelli's conversion and penalty when Cillian Gallagher was harshly penalised put Italy 13-6 in control at the interval.

Ireland were back on track from Connon's third and fourth penalties in the 44th and 48th minutes.

Then, flanker Will Connors picked off a stray ball for centre Conor O'Brien to send Shane Daly over on the left and Connon's conversion made it 19-13 in the 52nd minute.

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