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Wednesday Jun 5, 2019

England's Alfie Barbeary dismissed for dangerous flip in U20 championship opening round

Alfie Barbeary was shown a straight red card for a dangerous piece of play as England were beaten by Ireland on the opening day of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina.

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The replacement prop forward could hardly have had any complaints when he dismissed after 66 minutes as he picked up and dropped Ireland flanker John Hodnett.

Ireland were leading 28-26 at that point, with the game very much in the balance. Barbeary’s dismissal, however, opened the floodgates, following two earlier yellow cards for an ill-disciplined English outfit, with the Irish running out comfortable 42-26 victors.

This incident marred what had been a nip-and-tuck encounter, with the sides evenly matched 14-13 at the half-time break. England lost fly-half Aaron Hinkley and Manu Vunipola for dangerous tackles and were made to pay dearly in the end.

Wales also kicked off their championship with a win, beating hosts Argentina 35-20 in Rosario. A pair of Cai Evans penalties and a try from Harri Morgan gave Wales a narrow 11-10 advantage at the break before winger Rodrigo Isgro Alastra gathered a perfect cross-field kick to re-take the lead.

But a try from Ryan Conbeer and more points from the boot of Evans was enough for Wales to banish the demons of an unsuccessful campaign in 2018.

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All results from Day 1 of the World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland 42-26 England

France 32-20 Fiji

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Wales 35-20 Argentina

South Africa 43-19 Scotland

New Zealand 45-13 Georgia

Australia 36-12 Italy

 

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