Playing with the blueprint Joe Schmidt style Ireland dominated throughout, and fittingly it was the forwards, with telling performances from the likes of their powerhouse UCC number eight John Hodnett and their mobile Corinthians hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin, who claimed two of the three Irish tries. Playing with the strong wind at their backs, Ireland made a shaky start to the match by kicking the ball dead but the visitors soon made amends with powerful driving forward play that ultimately resulted in a penalty under the posts and an easy three points for Byrne. Then after fullback Jake Flannery had put the Scots on the back foot with a long kick upfield Ireland attacked the home line.
The Red Rose currently lead the standings on five points, with Wales second and Ireland third on four points respectively.
Scotland occupy fourth with one point, while Italy and France both have no points. This Friday sees champions Wales host a hungry England, stubborn Italy welcoming a maturing Ireland and an embarrassed France entertaining a fighting Scotland.
These are the match-ups and here is the preview of what is to come in the second week of the Unders Six Nations Championship… Italy U20s v Ireland U20s Although the Italians lost their opening day home match to Wales, they made life difficult for the defending champions for long periods.
Italy only trailed at the break as they frustrated the visitors, but failed to score after the restart as Wales pulled clear on the scoreboard to condemn them to a defeat.
The Azzurini will hope to do better against Ireland, who required a late Paul Boyle try converted by the unerring Johnny McPhillips to see off Scotland. But with one victory already in the bag, Ireland will be looking to build on their opening day success knowing that tests with France, Wales and England await them.
Tries from Rhys Carre, Kieran Williams and a sensational effort from Ryan Combeer secured the win for the Welsh in Milan, who also kept the Italians scoreless in the second half.
However, the biggest test for the defending champions is set to come on Friday evening when they welcome their fiercest rivals England to Colwyn Bay.
The Red Rose were rampant against France in Exeter, winning in their opening match and scoring nine tries in the process. Fly-half Max Malins was instrumental in scoring two tries and landing seven conversions as the English laid down a marker ahead of what is likely to be a title decider in North Wales.
In total, Les Bleuets have made 10 changes including a first start for fly-half Romain Ntamack — son of former French international Emile.
The humbled French will look to eradicate their last performance with victory over Scotland, who also suffered defeat in round one and are seeking their first win of the tournament.
Scotland went down by a narrow against Ireland after the visitors scored a late converted try, despite leading for much of the match.
Josh Henderson almost snatched victory at the death, only for his penalty to shave the post as the Scots claimed a consolation losing bonus point ahead of their trip to France.