THE Ireland U-20s thumped Argentina 37-7 in Manchester on Monday night to reach the IRB Junior World Championship for the first time in their history.
Nigel Carolan’s Ireland side will face 6 Nations rivals England in the decider on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium, salford, 7pm. The game will be live on TG4 and Sky Sports.
Ballyhahill, Co Limerick and Young Munster prop Ben Betts turned in a hugely impressive display in the front row for Ireland. The talented tighthead prop began his rugby playing career at Shanagolden-based Estuary RFC before moving to Munsters.
Dynamic Shannon back-row forward Kelvin Brown was introduced as a second half replacement in the 30-point thumping of Argentina.
Brown is a renowned ball carrier and is defensively very solid.
Ireland’s final opponents, tournament hosts England, were 39-17 semi-final winners over South Africa in their semi-final.
Ireland U-20s defeated England 26-20 when the sides met in the 6 Nations Championship in Kingston Park earlier this season. Ireland trailed by 14 points, 20-6, at one stage in the game.
Ireland led the Pumas 21-7 at half-time before grinding their opponents into submission in the second half.
Influential out-half Johnny McPhillips landed six of his seven kicks for a 15-point haul, with Jacob Stockdale scoring a first half brace of tries and Munster’s Shane Daly adding the gloss with a late intercept effort.