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The u/20 Six Nations Championship was already decided last week when Ireland won against the other championship France (31-29) and t Wales who had a mathematical chance to win the championship lost to Scotland (27-20). Bragging rights was the only thing left for the winners of this round except for Ireland who was on their way to achieving the Grand Slam for the first time in the history.
Scotland denied Italy the wooden spoon with their heavy defeat against England (7-45) while Italy gained two bonus points for their great effort against France (31-35).
Wales 17-26 Ireland
Ireland Under-20s showed the spirit of champions to roar from behind to beat Wales 26-17 and claim a historic Grand Slam. Already crowned Under-20 Six Nations winners after results went their way in Round Four, the visitors were indebted to late tries from Colm Reilly and Tom Clarkson as they turned the tables in the final ten minutes.
Wales was dominant both in terms of possession and territory in the early stages, with the educated boot of Evans guiding them around the pitch. However, Ireland slowly but surely, though, started to to turn the tide. Ireland secured the win in the final minute through prop Clarkson to seal their first-ever Grand Slam at this level.
England 45-7 Scotland
England under-20s claimed third place in the Six Nations table as they ran in seven tries to down Scotland 45-7 at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday evening.
Italy 31-35 France
France Under-20s clinched the second spot in the Six Nations table as they recorded a 35-31 bonus-point victory over Italy in Biella. Les Bleuets could not catch Ireland, crowned champions a week ago, but knew that a four-try win would be enough to secure second place. And despite a tricky first half, they ran in five tries in total in a thrilling encounter, with Italy also earning two bonus points.