22nd Mar 2019

u/20 Six Nations – Ireland Unstoppable In Bonus Point Win

 

Ireland u/20 are still unbeaten after a bonus point win against Italy in the Six Nations Championship. Ireland's Casey touched down twice as the unbeaten Ireland Under-20s efficiently dispatched Italy 34-14 in Rieti to stay four points clear at the top of the U-20 Six Nations table.

Scrum-half Casey, recalled to the starting XV after injury kept him out in round two against Scotland, crossed for a try in each half in Rieti. The boot of Harry Byrne kept the Irish scoreboard ticking and while Scott Penny also went over in the first half, it was skipper David Hawkshaw who crossed late in the second half to secure the bonus-point. The one disappointment for Noel McNamara's side was probably the injury to Byrne late on while Italy Under-20s did grab late consolations through Matteo Nocera and Marco Butturini.

Giving his reaction afterwards, try-scoring skipper Hawkshaw said: "It was incredibly tough out there. We knew coming into the game how physical they'd be with the size of them and the way they play rugby. We're delighted with the win, we're delighted to come home with the bonus point, and just really looking forward to the next few weeks.

"We're off to Queen's next Thursday and we're lucky enough to get another (training) session with the Ireland senior team up there in Belfast. Back into camp on Monday and then looking to going back home to Cork for what should be a great game against France."

Scorers:

Ireland: Tries: Hackshaw, Casey (2), Penny Conversions: Byrne (3), Healy Penalties: Byrne (2)

Italy: Tries: Nocera, Butturini Conversions: Garbisi (2)

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