Six Nations 2015: Wales U20 19-12 Ireland U20

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Owen Watkin scores wonder try for Wales U20
Wales U20 (16) 19
Try: Watkin Con: Evans Pens: Evans 4
Ireland U20 (6) 12
Pens: Byrne 4

A brilliant Owen Watkin try and outstanding display by flanker Ollie Griffiths helped Wales Under-20 beat their Irish counterparts in the junior Six Nations.

Rival fly-halves Jarrod Evans and Ross Byrne's goal-kicking dominated a tense opening period.

But the hosts conjured a wonderful counter-attacking try for centre Watkins at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay.

And that proved the difference after a cagey second period.

Evans kicked three penalties to Byrne's brace before Ireland lost possession near the home 22 for Wales to launch a counter-attack on the right that ended with Watkin racing away.

The opposing stand-offs kicked a penalty apiece, Byrne's ending the scoring as the third quarter closed.

That left the visitors within a converted try of drawing level.

But with the home scrum on top, Ireland lost loose-head prop Jeremy Loughman to the sin-bin at a retreating scrum after 65 minutes.

That undermined the visitors' efforts and after Loughman's return, the hosts kept them at bay.

Wales U20: Joe Gage (Ospreys); Joshua Adams (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Garyn Smith (Blues), Rhys Williams (Leicester Tigers); Jarrod Evans (Blues), Tom Williams (Blues); Luke Garrett (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Blues), Joe Davies (Dragons), Rory Thornton (capt, Ospreys), Harrison Keddie (Dragons) Ollie Griffiths (Dragons), Jon Fox (Ospreys)

Replacements: Liam Belcher (Blues), Keagan Bale (Dragons), Alex Jeffries (Dragons), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Jordan Viggers (Blues), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets), Daniel Jones (Scarlets), Barney Nightingale (Dragons).

Ireland U20: Billy Dardis (UCD/ Leinster); Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/ Munster); Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster), Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster; capt); Jeremy Loughman (UCD/Leinster), Zack McCall (QUB/Ulster), Oisin Heffernan (Terenure/Leinster), Cian Romaine (Buccaneers/Connacht), Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster), Nick Timoney (St. Mary's/Leinster), Conor Oliver (St. Mary's/Leinster), Lorcan Dow (QUB/Ulster)

Replacements: Adam McBurney (Ballymena/Ulster), Andrew Porter (UCD/ Leinster), Conan O'Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht), David O'Connor (St. Mary's/Leinster), Stephen McVeigh (Buccaneers/Connacht), Conor Young (QUB/Ulster), Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster), Jacob Stockdale (QUB/ Ulster).

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