England U20 v Scotland U20 Match Report

England finished their Six Nations campaign in style on Friday night at Franklins Gardens, running in seven tries against a weak Scotland side and scoring 33 unanswered points in the second half. 

Both sides came into this fixture off the back of wins last time out in the competition and hoped to end their tournament on a high. 

Scotland scored first through Cameron Anderson after he intercepted a poor pass from the England Scrum half, Ollie Fox and ran in from 60 meters out with no one able to catch him. 

England replied quickly through Full-back Tom De Glanville who had a stellar match in an England shirt as he went over under the posts. The successful conversion from Manu Vunipola saw the scores level with ten minutes played. 

England had opportunities throughout the first half but narrowly missed out on exploiting them following a missed penalty and two disallowed tries.

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Captain Tom Willis finally got over the white wash late into the first half off the back of the maul following his first try being ruled out by the TMO and England led 12-7 at the break. 

For the second time this Six Nations, Gloucester’s Aaron Hinkley put in another Man of the Match performance following yet another outstanding game in wearing the rose. He scored England’s third try of the evening after powering through the Scottish defence and finding space down the right wing. 

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The England crowd were in full voice after Cameron Redpath scored England’s bonus point try of the game after a beautiful break from Ollie Lawrence as he spilt the Scottish defence open. Vunipola converted and England started to break away from the men in blue. 

With ten minutes, left to play Alfie Petch ran onto the ball and powered through the Scotland defensive line to go over the white wash, Vunipola again successful with the conversion brought the England score to 33-7. 

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England were to score two more converted tries before the match concluded, once through debutant Alfie Barbeary and again through winger Aaron Reed who sprinted the pitch uncontested to score England’s seventh and final try of the match. 

England’s 45-7 victory meant that they finished in third place behind tournament champions Ireland and France at the end of this year’s Six Nations tournament as they prepare for the Junior World Championships this summer. 

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