Daly kicks Ireland to victory
Ireland's Rory Scannell tackled by Mathieu Babillot and Enzo Selponi of France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Ireland 22 France 5:Tom Daly led the way with an outstanding display of kicking as Ireland ran out comprehensive winners in this U-20 Six Nations game at Dubarry Park tonight. Daly landed six from seven in a superb display of kicking against an ill-disciplined French side, who will host the Junior World Cup in June.
In all, the French lost three men to the sin bin and despite a first half try from Romain Ruffenach the visitors trailed 15-5 at the interval as Daly punished their constant infringements.
France pressed after the restart but their handling was dreadful and so too was their discipline and any notion of a comeback disappeared when first replacement scrum-half Baptiste Serin was binned and then a minute later outside centre Gael Fickou also received a yellow card after 64 minutes.
Ireland turned the screw immediately with flanker Conor Joyce running a fine line to get over for a try. Daly landed the conversion from the right wing to make it 22-5 after 65 minutes.
Ireland:S Olding (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); D Panter (Corinthians/Connacht), T Daly (Lansdowne/Leinster), R Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), R Scholes (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); S Crosbie (Old Belvedere/Leinster), L McGrath (UCD/Leinster); P Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), G McGuigan (Newcastle Falcon/Exiles), C Taylor (Malone/Ulster), G Thornbury (UCD/Leinster), J Donnan (Ballynahinch/Ulster), C Joyce (Malone/Ulster), J van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), R Murphy (Dolphin/Munster). Replacements:R Furniss (Worcester Warriors/Exiles) for Taylor 24, S McCarthy (Shannon/Munster) for Thornbury 47, J Andrew (Ballymena/Ulster) for McGuigan 51, D Leader (Galwegians/Connacht) for Panter 62, P Timmins (UCD/Leinster) for van der Flier 69, M Roche (Lansdowne/Connacht) for Olding 73, J Creighton (Malone/Ulster) for McGrath 75, A Boland (Lansdowne/Leinster) for Dooley 75.
France:N Metge (SC Albi); F Vialelle (Castres Olympique), G Fickou (Toulouse), T Regard (Lyon OU), S Parez (Racing Metro 92); V Mallet (Stade Francais), Y Domenech (RC Narbonne); C Baille (Toulouse), R Ruffenach (Biarritz Olympique), K Vartanov (Racing Metro 92), JB Singer (Clermont Auvergne), P Jedrasiak (Clermont Auvergne), JB Lespinasse (US Montauban), F Cros (Toulouse), M Babillot (Castres Olympique). Replacements:L Bastien (SU Agen) for Singer 48, Yá Camara (RC Massy Essone) for Lespinasse 52, B Serin for Domenech 58, E Selponi (Montpellier HRC) for Mallet 58, O Ishchenko (Montpellier HRC) for Baille 58, P Cotet (USA Perpignan) for Bastien 74.