Junior World Championship: Wales Under-20 25-26 Ireland Under-20

By Nick WebbBBC Wales Sport
Keelan Giles scores a try for Wales
Keelan Giles scores one of his two tries for Wales against Ireland
Junior World Championship: Wales Under-20 v Ireland Under-20
Wales (17) 25
Tries: S Evans, Giles 2, Morgan-Williams Cons: D Jones Pens: D Jones
Ireland (15) 26
Tries: McBurney, Stockdale 2 Cons: Johnston Pens: Johnston 2 Drop Goal:

Ireland pulled off a shock 26-25 win over Grand Slam winners Wales in their match at the Junior World Championships, coming from 17 points down.

Wales dominated the first quarter with tries from Shaun Evans, Keelan Giles and Reuben Morgan-Williams.

But Ireland stormed back with touchdowns from Adam McBurney and Jacob Stockdale to make it 17-15 at the break.

Bill Johnston's boot and Stockdale's second on 67 minutes meant that Giles' late corner touchdown was not enough.

Wales remaining fixtures
Saturday, 11 June: Georgia U20 (Manchester City Academy Stadium)
Wednesday, 15 June: New Zealand U20 (AJ Bell Stadium, Salford)

Ireland's goal-kicking was the crucial factor with Johnston's extra accuracy crucial, while number eight Max Deegan was man-of-the match.

Wales take two losing bonus points from the encounter but will have to defeat top seeds New Zealand as well as Georgia to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Wales captain Tom Phillips told BBC Wales Sport: "I think discipline is where we need to improve, there were far too many penalties and they fed off our mistakes.

"Going up in the first 20 minutes doesn't make any difference when you lose a match, there was definitely some good in that but you've got to win the game.

"There were going to be handling mistakes because we were behind, trying to get the points but mistakes happen and that's just part of rugby.

"We've tasted victory [in the Six Nations] and how we respond to defeat is going to be the measure of the team. We've got four games left [in the group and play-offs] and how we bounce back is the measure of us as a squad."

Wales U20: Rhun Williams (Cardiff Blues); Tom Williams (Ospreys), Joe Thomas (Ospreys), Harri Millard (Cardiff Blues), Keelan Giles (Ospreys); Daniel Jones (Scarlets), Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys); Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Blues), Dafydd Hughes (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Tom Phillips (Scarlets, capt), Shaun Evans (Scarlets), Harrison Keddie (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Liam Belcher (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Fawcett (Scarlets), Leon Brown (Newport Gwent Dragons), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Josh Macleod (Scarlets), Declan Smith (Scarlets), Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues), Billy McBryde (Scarlets).

Ireland U20: Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster); Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster), Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster), Conor O'Brien, (Clontarf / Leinster), Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster); Bill Johnston (Garryowen / Munster), Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht); Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster), Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster), Conor Kenny (Buccaneers / Connacht), Cillian Gallagher (Sligo / Connacht), James Ryan, (Lansdowne / Leinster; capt), Greg Jones (UCD / Leinster), David Aspil (St.Mary's RFC / Leinster, Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster).

Replacements: Vincent O'Brien (Cork Con / Munster), Vakh Abdaladze (Clontarf / Leinster), Ben Betts (Young Munster / Munster), Sean O'Connor (Cashel / Munster), Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster), Niall Saunders (Harlequins), Johnny McPhillips (Queens University / Ulster), Jimmy O'Brien (UCD / Leinster).

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealan)

Assistants: Cwengile Jadezweni (SA), Philip Watters (Eng)

TMO: Trevor Fisher (Eng)

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