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Bates starts as England U18 down Ireland

Academy U18 youngster, Jack Bates started on the wing as England U18s defeated Ireland 24-17 in their second game of the U18 Six Nations Festival.

Jim Mallinder's side followed up their 38-20 win over Wales on Saturday in the first game of the tournament with another victory.
England led 17-10 at the break with two tries from Jude Williams and seven points via Orlando Bailey while Ireland crossed through Oscar Egan as Chris Cosgrave added a penalty as well as conversion.

Second half converted tries from Phil Cokanasiga and Oisin McCormack took the score to 24-17 and despite late Ireland pressure, England held on for victory.

Bailey sent over an early penalty and having missed one earlier Chris Cosgrave levelled the score on 15 minutes.

Williams sparked the game into life, latching onto a loose ball inside his own half before searing down the left wing, kicking ahead of the Ireland full back and touching down for a fine individual score.

Ireland fought back though and Egan bundled over after intense Ireland pressure which Cosgrave converted to draw things level.

Williams had a second score before the break, showing great pace on the left wing to take advantage of an overlap and cross in the corner which Bailey converted.

After the break Cokanasiga powered through midfield before jinking over for a third England try which Bailey converted.
England lost Archie Benson to the sin bin and in that time McCormack cut a fine line to cross for a second Ireland try to reduce the deficit to seven points.

Ireland pushed to level the score, but brave England defence saw them hold out. England will end their U18 Six Nations Festival against France on Sunday (13:40 GMT) at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester.