There are four teams all on four points at the top of the Under-20 RBS 6 Nations table, with Ireland (+44) third on scoring difference behind France (+46) and new leaders England (+60). Nigel Carolan’s youngsters are back in action against Wales in Colwyn Bay on Friday week.
Click here to view photos of the Ireland Under-20s’ five-point defeat to England at Donnybrook.
It is still all to play for in the final two rounds of the U-20 Championship. Tighthead prop Oisin Heffernan, who played in last summer’s 35-21 Junior World Championship win over Wales, is focusing on the positives ahead of next week’s rematch at Parc Eirias.
Reflecting on the English game, Heffernan said: “There’s a lot to take from it. It was a bit negative but if we look back we had opportunities to seal the game. We left them behind us I think, so we have to work on the positives and move forward.
“We were in total control in the first half and made gain-line breaks, we had the physicality too but we just let England back into the game. It’s a stepping stone to say the least, we learn through the coaches and they’re fabulous. They’re very experienced so they help us throughout.”
Ireland U-20 head coach Nigel Carolan commented: “It was a bruising encounter, an entertaining game and obviously not the outcome we wanted, but we have to learn from that. We just need to reflect, lick our wounds and move on.
“It’s the beauty of this competition, it’s extremely competitive and you can’t dwell too hard just because you’ve lost a game – you’ve got to look forward again and look to pick yourself up and we’ll certainly do that.”
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