Six Nations: Ireland U20 24-35 Wales U20

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Highlights: Ireland U20 24-35 Wales U20
Six Nations
Ireland U20 (14) 24
Tries: Gallagher, Brown, Daly Pens: McPhillips 3
Wales U20 (20) 35
Tries: Hughes, Beard, Jones, Millard Cons: Jones 3 Pens: Jones 3

Wales Under-20s made a winning start to their Six Nations campaign with victory over Ireland at Donnybrook.

Dafydd Hughes, Adam Beard, Daniel Jones and Harri Millard were Wales' try-scorers in an entertaining game.

Eight uncapped players started for Wales while Ireland's inexperienced side had just three players from last year's campaign.

Wales have now won five of their last six games against Ireland at Under-20 level.

Ireland made the brighter start with Johnny McPhillips slotting over a penalty before Cillian Gallagher crossed for the first try.

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Daniel Jones' penalty secured Wales' first points before converting Hughes' try to give Wales the lead.

McPhillips and Jones exchanged penalties before a third penalty from the Irish fly-half edged Ireland in front.

But the visitors responded and a Beard try at the end of the first half was converted by Jones to give Wales a 20-14 interval lead.

Fly-half Jones extended Wales' lead in the opening minute of the second half with an intercepted try but he failed with the conversion.

Kelvin Brown scored a second try for Ireland, who had Peter Claffey yellow carded and were punished further by a Jones penalty.

Cardiff Blues' Millard ran in for Wales fourth try with Jones once again adding the extras although they were reduced to 14 men after try-scorer Beard was yellow carded.

Ireland kept battling until the end but Shane Daly's late try proved to be a consolation.

Ireland U20: Jack Power (UCD/Leinster), Matthew Byrne (Terenure/Leinster), Shane Daly (Cork Con/Munster), Jimmy O'Brien (UCD/Leinster), Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster), Johnny McPhillips (QUB/Ulster), John Poland (Cork Con/Munster); Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Adam McBurney (Ballymena/Ulster), Conan O'Donnell (Sligo/Connacht), Peter Claffey (Galwegians/Connacht), James Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster - captain), Cillian Gallagher (Sligo/Connacht), Will Connors (UCD/Leinster), Max Deegan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Replacements: Shane Fenton (Young Munster/Munster), James Bollard (Dublin University/Leinster), Conor Kenny (Buccaneers/Connacht), Sean O'Connor (Cashel/Munster), Kelvin Brown (Shannon/Munster), Stephen Kerins (Sligo/Connacht), Brett Connon (Newcastle Falcons), Conor O'Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)

Wales U20: Rhun Williams (RGC); Elis-Wyn Benham (Cardiff Blues), Harri Millard (Cardiff Blues), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Keelan Giles (Ospreys); Dan Jones (Scarlets), Declan Smith (Scarlets); Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Blues), Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Tom Phillips (captain, Scarlets), Shaun Evans (Scarlets), Harrison Keddie (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Ifan Phillips (Scarlets), Robert Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Leon Brown (Newport Gwent Dragons), Bryce Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Morgan Sieniawski (Cardiff Blues), Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys), Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues), Joe Thomas (Ospreys).

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