Ireland 23 England 30
CORK pair Johnathan Wren and Josh Wycherley both played their part in a hard-fought contest with England in Rosario last night as Ireland cruelly lost with the last play of the game.
Ireland had come from 23-9 down to level it through Wren and Brian Deeny before being denied at the death by a pushover try.
Wren slid in at the corner on a muddy pitch to give their English rivals a fraught final 10 minutes as his try and Ben Healy’s conversion left just one converted try between the sides at 23-16.
Deeny then ensured a cliffhanger as he blocked a clearance to score and Healy tacked on the two to level the tie.
A try just short of the hour mark, combined with the yellow-carding of Dylan Tierney Martin nearly proved Ireland’s undoing but once again, Noel McNamara’s side showed a huge fighting spirit.
Just as they had done in the first game, Ireland put huge pressure on their opponents in the first half but failed to take full advantage of an ill-disciplined England side who were twice down to 14 men.
Ireland took an early lead through Munster’s Ben Healy but that was cancelled by Josh Hodge and the pair again exchanged penalties before England took advantage of a big scrum five minutes before the interval to send Hodge in for the game’s first try which he converted for a 13-6 lead.
Ireland clawed back three just after the break through Healy, but Hodge replied to make it 16-9.
The game turned in England’s favour just short of the hour mark with England scoring a converted try and Tierney-Martin being sent to the bin before the late drama.
Ireland will now play New Zealand for the 7/8th place.