A storming try scoring display from full back Sam Edgerley and twin touchdowns from both skipper Henry Staff and right-wing Alex Lewington eased the Regional Academies team to a comfortable win over the touring Australian Schools squad at Hartpury Colledge this afternoon (Wednesday).
The U19 Academies side, drawn from the 14 England Rugby Academies scored six tries in all and had the game in the bag after an hour leading 31-5.
It's the third success for home teams in a week against the tourists following on from last Sundays Regional Academies win at Lymm and Wednesday's England U18 victory.
England's U20 Head Coach Mark Mapletoft who also coached the Regional Academies side was extremely pleased with his sides performance saying:
"It was a very clinical performance in certain aspects. The attitude the players turned up with was superb, they wanted to keep the ball alive and play rugby. The conditions were not great and it was very greasy but they showed a lot of endeavour."
But he also added:
"There was one or two areas where we needed to sharpen up on and, in particular, our pick and go was not the best, but, for a side that had only come together in the last 24 hours and had only about an hours training, it was a good performance."
They took the lead after just six minutes when left-wing Earl Collins opened up the visitors defence for the first time.
Fly-half Sam Stanley couldn't add the extra points but didn't miss with his second conversion attempt after right-wing Alex Lewington had intercepted a visitors pass and sprinted the length of the pitch for a 25th minute touchdown.
Three minutes later they had pulled away even further to open up a 19-5 gap after man of the match Sam Edgerley had ripped open the visitors defence and Stanley had again kicked the bonus points.
"Sam did very well," admitted Mapletoft. "Overall his positioning was good and his speed off the mark was special along with his game awareness."
With wing Alex Lewington grabbing a fourth and his second on 35 minutes the Regional Academies men took a commanding 24-5 lead into the second-half while it took another 20 minutes before Staff, leading from the front, finally forced his way over for try number five, again embellished by Stanley.
Although the visitors finally pulled one back through lock Curtis Browning it was Staff who rounded off a fine individual display to see his side to a comfortable win.
On Saturday (19th) it will be the turn of the England Academies team to face the tourists in their final tour match when the two sides clash at Cinderford RFC, 2pm.
Paul Alo-Emile (QLD), Curtis Browning (QLD), Jack De Guingand (VIC), Rodney Esekia(VIC), Joel Faulkner (QLD), Chris Feauai (QLD), Tyson Frizell (NSW), Matthew Garland (QLD), Liam Gill (QLD - c), Kyle Godwin (WA), Angus Hamilton (VIC), Marcus Heather (NSW), Matthew Ika (QLD), Luke Jones (NSW), Jack Kimmance (QLD), Tom Kingston (NSW), Matt Lucas (QLD), Ross Marias (QLD), Nathan Paila (VIC), Greg Peterson (NSW), Hugh Roach (NSW), Rohan Saifoloi (QLD), Scott Sio (NSW), Kimani Sitauti (QLD), Nic Stirzaker (NSW), Jordan Taupoo (QLD), Joe Welsh (NSW), Jacob Woodhouse (NSW).
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Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
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