After today’s semi-finals Ireland will face tournament hosts England in the final of the IRB Junior World Cup in the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford this Saturday.
After knocking out tournament favourites New Zealand at the group stage, Ireland ruthlessly dispatched Argentina 37-7 to reach the final for the first time. The Irish raced out to a 21-0 lead after just half an hour, with two tries from Jacob Stockwell and another from man-of-the-match Max Deegan. Three penalties from out-half Johnny McPhillips kept the scoreboard ticking over, before another late try from centre Shane Daley jumping on an errant pass to score. It was a comfortable victory for Nigel Carolan’s side.
England also he quite a comfortable win, as they scored six tries in their 39-17 win over South Africa. England jumped all over the baby Boks in the opening half, scoring 31 points to effectively kill off the game by half-time. They had five different try-scorers, Max Green, Huw Taylor, Sam Aspland-Robinson, Johnny Williams and Max Malins.
South Africa did put up something of a fight in the second-half, with tries from both Edwill van Der Merve and Curwin Bosch, but that was the best it got. Harry Mallinder kicked over a penalty before MaxWright rounded off a great move with a try in the corner, after a move from England’s own 22 following an overthrown South African line-out.
It all sets up an intriguing final between these close rivals.