Irish youngsters edge out French counterparts
March 7, 2003

Ireland Under-21 13 France Under-21 12

Two tries from Ulsterman Tommy Bowe gave Ireland Under-21s victory over their French counterparts at Musgrave Park, Cork.

The Queen's University full-back scored either side of half-time to recover from a 7-0 lead the French had built thanks to a 16th-minute converted try from Jean-Philippe Grandclaude.

Bowe struck in first-half injury-time with a try in the right corner to leave the interval score at 7-5 to the visitors and followed it up with an intercepted breakaway try nine minutes after the restart.

Michael Rainey sent over a 62nd-minute penalty to extend the lead and the French initially failed to conjure up a response, fly-half Benoit Baby missing two second-half penalties.

There were some jitters, however, when replacement Pierre Garcia crashed over in injury-time to send the scores to 13-12 but Yannick Laforgue missed the touchline conversion and the Irish survived.

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