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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 April, 2005, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Ireland U19 16-0 Georgia U19
Ireland opened up their IRB Under-19 World Championship campaign with victory over Georgia in extremely hot conditions in King's Park, Durban.

Ireland mostly relied on the boot of full-back and captain Robert Kearney to see off a tough Georgian outfit.

Kearney kicked 11 points with two penalties giving Ireland a 6-0 half-time lead.

However, it was a 52nd minute try by right wing Eric Moloney that made things safe for the Irish boys.

"This was the first game of the tournament and we didn't really know what to expect and it was like stepping into the unknown,'' said coach Pat Murray.

''They were a tough side and the tournament is only going to get tougher."

The game was proceeded with a one-minute silence to mark the anniversary of the death of Ulster schools' captain John McCall who tragically died while playing in the opening game of the tournament last year.

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