Under 20s win back to back Grand Slams

Ireland’s Under 20s made it back to back Grand Slam wins last night.

Richie Murphy’s side defeated England in a thriller in Musgrave Park, scoring 6 tries in a 36-24 points win.

It’s the first time a country has defended a Grand Slam. Two tries each from Hugh Gavin and Brian Gleeson, along with solo efforts from George Hadden and Fintan Gunne secured a bonus point win on Leeside.

England had Monty Bradbury sent off for a late tackle on Henry McErlean in the second half.

Speaking to RedFM Sport afterwards, Murphy says his players deserve tremendous credit.

“Going in at half time only five points up and playing into the wind was going to be difficult, but I thought they were really brave in the way they played.

“England were loading up the backfield and giving us the front line and asking us to play, and in fairness the lads played.

“Really good play off one of the restarts to get us out, and I think that ended up in the tackle on Henry that resulted in the red card, that got us back down the other end.

“Fearless definitely, but plenty of things to work on. And with a World Cup coming up, it’s exciting times for these guys.”




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