Ireland ran out comfortable winners thanks to a strong second-half showing against England in their U20 World Championship opener.
Noel McNamara and co. came into this one with some solid momentum on the back of their U20 Six Nations Grand Slam 2019 victory but after a World Cup last year that saw them disappoint, there was no doubt pressure on the Irish to get things off to a good start.
After a tight first half that saw each side trade scores, Ireland went into the break with a very narrow and hard-fought 14-13 lead.
In the second-half, it would be England who started to extend the gap between the two teams before once again the scores were levelled.
Ireland were once again able to grab the lead after David McCann was able to get over for his own second try of the match.
England’s Alfie Barbeary was shown a red card for reckless foul play in the ruck just before things went from bad to worse for Steve Bates’ side as Ben Healy scored and converted to leave the scores at 35 to 26.
John Hodnett then added insult to injury, leaving Ireland 42-26 ahead as the game rolled to a close.
It was a game of nine tries split in favour of the Irish and all in all, a strong start to their prospects for glory.