RUGBY: England brush Ireland aside in Under20 World Rugby Championship final

England's Harry Mallinder lifts The World Rugby U20 trophy after the win over Ireland in the final in Manchester
England's Harry Mallinder lifts The World Rugby U20 trophy after the win over Ireland in the final in Manchester

England 45 Ireland 21

England beat Ireland in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Salford on Saturday to claim the trophy for the third time in four years.

Ireland's U20 team reflect on the loss to England in the final of the Junior World Championship

Ireland's U20 team reflect on the loss to England in the final of the Junior World Championship

Captain Harry Mallinder provided a memorable display as England proved too good for Ireland, running out 45-21 victors at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Northampton Saints man Mallinder scored two tries, converted five and scored a penalty - with Joe Marchant also weighing in with a brace of tries.

Callum Chick and Huw Taylor added a try apiece as England dominated the first half and led 21-0 at the interval.

Ireland, appearing in their first final at this level, performed better after the break and racked up three tries of their own through Adam McBurney, Shane Daly and Max Deegan.

But England had the game won and managed to keep Ireland at arm’s length to complete an impressive tournament and once again celebrate lifting the trophy.

England: M Malins; S Aspland-Robinson, J Marchant, J Williams, M Gallagher; H Mallinder, M Green; L Boyce, J Singleton, B Walker; S South, H Taylor; G Nott, W Evans, C Chick.

Replacements: H Randall for Green (32), W Stuart for B Walker (53), A Kitchener for South (61), J Willis for Nott (61), T West for Boyce (65), C Piper for Singleton (69), O Thorley for Gallagher (72), M Wright for Aspland-Robinson (72).

Ireland: J Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster); M Byrne (Terenure / Leinster), S Daly (Cork Con / Munster), C O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster), H Keenan (UCD / Leinster); J McPhillips (Queen’s University / Ulster), S Kerins (Sligo / Connacht); A Porter (UCD / Leinster), A McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster), B Betts (Young Munster / Munster); S O’Connor (Cashel / Munster), J Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster); G Jones (UCD / Leinster), D Aspil (St Mary’s RFC / Leinster), M Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster).

Replacements: J O’Brien (UCD / Leinster) for C O’Brien (56), B Connon (Newcastle Falcons) for McPhillips (57), V O’Brien (Cork Con / Munster) for McBurney (61), K Brown (Shannon / Munster) for Brown (62), N Saunders (Epsom College/Exiles) for Kerins (70), E Mintern (Cork Constitution/Munster) for O’Connor (70), A Coyle (Naas/Leinster) for Betts (75), J Bollard (Dublin University / Leinster) for Porter 79).

Scorers:

England: Tries: H Mallinder (2), J Marchant (2), C Chick, H Taylor. Cons: Mallinder (6). Pens: Mallinder

Ireland: Tries: A McBurney, S Daly, M Deegan. Cons: J McPhillips (2), B Connon

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand).