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England U20s make it two from two following hard-fought win in Scotland

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7 February 2020

Duncan Wood

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England U20 celebrate victory over Scotland U20 (c) Robbie Stephenson/ JMP -

England men U20s sealed a second successive victory in the U20 Six Nations defeating Scotland at Myreside, Edinburgh.

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Their 21-17 victory in Edinburgh followed last weekend’s bonus-point victory over double World Rugby U20 Champions France.

England led 14-10 at the break, scoring two converted tries through Theo Dan and Freddie Steward, with Scotland crossing via Ewan Ashman while Nathan Chamberlain kicked five points for his side.

Scotland were awarded a second-half penalty try, but Connor Doherty’s try won the game for England.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring Chamberlain kicking a penalty for his side before England came into the game.

And it was England who had the first try, Dan going over in the corner after collecting his own lineout and Vunipola added the extras.

Ashman crashed over off the back of a driving maul, which Chamberlain converted for 10-7 at Myreside.

However, Steward went over late in the half after England recycled the ball from the right wing to the left and the full back went over in the corner.

Scotland had a penalty try on 55 minutes with Ben Donnell also sent to the sin bin as a result.

To their credit England held out during that period of being down to 14 men and scored a third try through Doherty who cut a fine line and wriggled through midfield to dot down, which Vunipola converted.

It sealed victory with England next taking on Ireland at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton.

Head coach Alan Dickens said:

“We knew this would be a tough place to come and that proved the case, but the players showed great character and composure to win the game.

“We probably didn’t have the majority of possession or territory so to come out on top is really pleasing and testament to their character.

“It was a short turnaround from our away game in France but the boys have been brilliant this week in the way they’ve recovered, analysed and prepared for this match and I think that showed in how we finished the game.

“Our discipline is an area we need to look at and we will want a step up in performance against Ireland who are the grand slam champions at U20s.

“But it’s two wins from two which is a great start and now the players get to play in front of home support at Franklin’s Gardens in two weeks’ time and I know they will enjoy that experience.”

Scorers

Scotland U20s: Tries – Ashman, penalty Cons – Chamberlain Pens – Chamberlain

England U20s: Tries – Dan, Steward, Doherty Cons – Vunipola 3

Teams

Scotland U20s:

  1. Ollie Smith (Ayrshire Bulls), 14. Harry Paterson (Heriot’s Rugby), 13. Matthew Currie (Watsonians Rugby), 12. Robbie McCallum (Boroughmuir Bears), 11. Jacob Henry (Southern Knights), (10. Nathan Chamberlain (Hartpury College/Bristol Bears), 9. Roan Frostwick (Watsonians Rugby), 1. Thomas Lambert (Sydney University), 2. Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks), 3 Mak Wilson (Southern Knights), 4. Kieran Watt (Watsonians Rugby), 5. Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), 6. Jack Hill (Durham University), 7. Connor Boyle (Watsonians Rugby), 8. Rory Darge (Southern Knights)

Replacements:

  1. Rory Jackson (Watsonians Rugby), 17. George Breese (Stirling County), 18. Alex Maxwell (Stourbridge), 19. Jamie Campbell (Biggar), 20. Gregor Brown (Boroughmuir Bears), 21. Kyle McGhie (Boroughmuir Bears), 22. Cameron Scott (Boroughmuir Bears), 23. Max Preistly (Glasgow Hawks).

England U20s:

  1. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), 14. Gabriel Hamer-Webb (Bath Rugby), 13. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), 12. Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby), 11. Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks), 10. Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 9. Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs) – captain, 1. James Whitcombe (Leicester Tigers), 2. Theo Dan (Saracens), 3. Harvey Beaton (Saracens), 4. George Hammond (Harlequins), 5. Ben Donnell (London Irish), 6. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), 7. JJ Tonks (Northampton Saints), 8. Rusi Tuima (Exeter Chiefs).

Replacements:

  1. Ben Atkins (London Irish), 17. Emmanuel Iyogun (Northampton Saints), 18. Luke Green (London Irish), 19. Hugh Tizard (Harlequins), 20. Josh Gray (Gloucester Rugby), 21. Jack Van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers), 22. George Barton (Gloucester Rugby), 23. Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints).

England men U20s Six Nations fixtures and results

France 24-29 England

Scotland 17-21 England

England v Ireland

Friday, 21 February, KO 7.45pm GMT, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. Live on Sky Sports

Tickets: englandrugby.com/tickets

England v Wales

Friday, 6 March, KO 7.45pm GMT, Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. Live on Sky Sports.

Tickets: Available from Gloucester Rugby

Italy v England

Sunday, 15 March, KO 5.30pm GMT, Payanini Rugby Center, Verona

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