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Best of Social Round 3: “This kid will go a long way and it won’t take him long”

Best of Social Round 3: “This kid will go a long way and it won’t take him long”

The final Pool games of the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series caught the eye on social media as the eight sides battled for position in Round 3.

The most thrilling encounter over the two days in Verona and Treviso was between old rivals England and Ireland on Tuesday night.

Richie Murphy’s 2022 Six Nations Under-20s Grand Slam winners have struggled on Italian shores so far, losing to France and South Africa but they edged out Alan Dickens’ England in dramatic fashion.

Sam Prendergast’s last-gasp monster penalty gave Ireland a nerve-shredding 37-36 win, capping a comeback victory after they went 14-0 down in the first five minutes.

Former Ireland hooker turned rugby analyst Bernard Jackman was particularly impressed with the young fly-half, who is part of Leinster’s academy set-up.

Despite finishing on the wrong side of the result, England secured two bonus points which was enough to leapfrog France into second place in Pool A.

And there were some stunning moments from an England perspective with Fin Smith’s pinpoint cross-field kick and Iwan Stepehens’ acrobatic finish in the corner not worth missing.

Earlier on Tuesday, South Africa maintained their unbeaten record with a 42-27 win over France that saw them top Pool A.

The Baby Boks held off a spirited Les Bleuets side as Ruan Venter scored two tries while Louis Bielle-Biarrey also crossed twice in defeat for France.

One of the stand-out moments was France’s opening score finished by Bielle-Biarrey after 19 minutes with scintillating build-up play coming from Ethan Randle and Emilien Gailleton.

Imad Khan’s dazzling left-foot step to secure the try bonus point also got plenty of traction online.

The Junior Springboks will face Wales on Tuesday for the chance to be called champions after the Dragons overcame home nation Italy in another thrilling contest.

In what some have called the game of the Pool stage so far, a late penalty from Wales captain Joe Hawkins earned his side a 23-20 win and a shot at silverware on Tuesday night.

Much like Ireland’s Prendergast, Hawkins showed his range with many even comparing him to Gavin Henson thanks to his massive boot.

Tries from Nathan Evans and Christ Tshiunza plus 13 points from the skipper’s boot helped Wales top Pool B and send them into the first-place play-off against South Africa.

For Italy, England await with the Red Rose looking for revenge for their 6-0 defeat in the Six Nations earlier this year.
Lorenzo Pani’s beautifully cut line was a real highlight for the home side in defeat.

Georgia showed all of their quality in a 55-17 victory over Scotland, a result that made a big statement after a powerful performance from the Junior Lelos’ pack.

One particular piece of sublime skill came just before half-time, with this unreal offload.