IRB under 20 World Championship
Ireland 26 – 42 South Africa
TRY 80 mins: Arno Botha puts the gloss back on the scoreboard careering over the line in the 80th minute. A deserved victory for the Boks who, in truth, were coasting for much of this match.
TRY 72 mins: The benches are empty and Ireland are still plugging away another try fro Andrew Conway as Ireland go through the backline again.
TRY 67 mins: Mjekevu in the corner to seal the bonus point win for the baby Boks a showy flying finish from the winger.
61 mins: Ireland needing to force things now, quick-tapping penalties and running every ball. The ultimate result however is a knock on.
54 mins: Spoke too soon Goosen has just landed a monster 50m drop goal on the angle
52 mins: Scores hard to come by in this half. Luke Marshall is sent into the fray, can he provide a bit of magic?
42 mins: A chink of light? Goosen misses a penalty early in second half.
40 mins: The end of a fairly frantic first half. The boks lead 19-27.
TRY 37 mins: But Conway helps Ireland bounce back with some freakish skill of his own. sidestepping three players on his way under the posts.
TRY 35 mins: 19 year old freak of nature – Etzebeth mows down irelands tighthead as he claims his sides third touch down
27 mins: Although in control, the Boks continue to leak penalties inside their 22. Another straightforward one for the Queens fly-half.
TRY 24 mins: Venter running some seriously danger lines every time he gets the ball and, after his teammates threatened the line, he picked the gap and dived underneath the posts.
21 mins: Ireland, though, do come away with a penalty. Still hanging in there but you sense SA could step up a gear or two.
20 mins: Superb break from Macken almost puts McKeon in the right corner. Ireland goe through the backs and Conway looks set to touch down on left but knocks on.
16 mins: But Kearney is off his feet allowing Goosen to cancel out that score with an effortless swing from 43 meters.
14 mins: VanVuuren penalised a second time, this time for a side entry. McKinney back in the groove.
10 mins: Could be a long day for our boys. Goosen and Venter really look in a mood to pull the strings here.
8 mins: No such mistake from the Bloemfontein boy. He nudges the Boks a converted score ahead
6 mins: Penalties come thick and fast at this level but this time McKinney is off target from 40M
TRY 4 mins: The Boks come straight back, the man-mountain Etzebeth makes inroads in the Irish line and a phase or two later the result is a try for Venter. converted by Goosen.
1 mins: Ireland kick off, and get ball back. On attack, cross kick to Gilroy comes close to a try but Ireland must settle for a penalty as VanVuuren is offside. easy one to start for McKinney
0 mins: Anthems just underway in the late evening Italian sunshine.
IRELAND: T O’Halloran (Galwegians); A Conway (Blackrock), B Macken (Blackrock), JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians), C Gilroy (Dungannon); J McKinney (Queen’s University), K Marmion (University of Wales Institute Cardiff); J Tracy (UCD), N Annett (Belfast Harlequins), T Furlong (Clontarf); M Kearney (Clontarf), D Qualter (Buccaneers); J Murphy (Lansdowne), A Conneely (Corinthians), E McKeon (Galwegians). Replacements: D Doyle (UCD), C Carey (Ballymena), I Henderson (Queen’s University), D Gallagher (Dublin University), P Du Toit (UCD), P Jackson (Dungannon), L Marshall (Ballymena).
SOUTH AFRICA: U Beyers; C Skosan, B Moolman, F Venter, W Mjekevu; J Goosen, L Jacobs; S Kotze, M van Vuuren, JR Jenkinson; R Venter, E Etzebeth; N Carr, C du Preez, A Botha.
Replacements: B Mbonambi, N Schonert, J Cook, S Kolisi, P Rademan, J Welthagen, P Jordaan.