Ireland ensured that they didn’t finish bottom of Pool C at the IRB JWC when they beat Scotland 30-13 at the Stadio Mario Battaglini in Rovigo.
A strong finish saw Mike Ruddock’s men score three tries in the final seven minutes to seal a superb win that guarantee’s an improvements on last year’s tournament when they finished 9th.
A timid first half saw Ireland head in 6-3 ahead thanks to two penalties from Paddy Jackson, the first coming in the opening minute. Scotland could have been ahead but for two missed penalties from their out half Duncan Weir.
Weir and Jackson traded penalties as Ireland remained 3 ahead moving into the closing stages.
The game then sprang into life in the final minutes with 4 tries, Andrew Conway starting the scoring spree when he crossed for his 4th try of the tournament with 7 minutes to go.
Brendan Macken can take the plaudits for the break that led to his Blackrock team mate crossing the line with Jackson adding the extra’s to put Ireland 10 points ahead.
Luke Marshall scored Ireland’s 2nd try of the day and the first Ireland have scored outside of Conway when he scored three minutes later following good work by Ian Henderson and the result was put beyond doubt 2 minutes later when captain Niall Annett added a third.
Both tries being converted by substitute James McKinney.
Scotland reduced the arrears slightly when the scored a consolation try in the final minute but the result belonged to Ireland and after encouraging displays against England the Springboks was no more than they deserved.
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