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U20 round-up: Capon scores as England U20 beat Wales

Will Capon was on the scoresheet as England sealed fifth place at the World Rugby U20 Championship with victory over Nick English’s Wales in Rosario, Argentina.

England led 28-0 at the break through tries from Capon, Josh Hodge, a penalty try and Joe Heyes, with Hodge adding the extras.

Wales scored second-half tries through Jac Morgan, Dewi Lake, Ed Scragg but tries from Fraser Dingwall and Ted Hill as well as Hodge's penalty helped settled the game.

Despite pool victories over Italy and Australia, England didn’t progress to the top four of the Championship, having lost their opening game against Ireland.

Bates' side were instead left to compete for fifth place, later defeating Ireland in the semi-final to set up a clash with Wales.

Hodge had the first try of the game, jinking past a couple of Wales defenders on the right wing before chipping over the top and collecting his own kick to dot down, also converting his score.

Capon bundled over off the back of a driving maul for a second try which Hodge converted for 14-0.

Wales lost Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler to the sin bin for an intentional knock on with a penalty try also awarded to give England a 21-0 lead and a pick and go from Heyes on the stroke of half time extended that lead further.

Wales scored two tries in quick succession Morgan and then later Lake bundling over off the back of a driving maul with Cai Evans converting both.

Dingwall was first to a spilled ball in the Wales 22m to dot down for a fifth England try.

Capon crashes over during the first half.

Scragg scored a third for Wales via a driving maul and Evans' conversion reduced the deficit to 35-21.

However, a late penalty from Hodge and Hill's score in the corner settled the match, despite Dyer's late try.

England head coach, Steve Bates said:“The guys played really well in that first half, took their opportunities well and that gave us a nice cushion at the break and put us in a commanding position.

“It’s hugely important to finish well, we wanted to make sure we won as many games as possible and the winner of the final will only have won as many as we have, which is four out of five.

“I hope the players will learn some important lessons for the future about how important it is to turn up and perform in every game and we will look back with regret at this tournament the fact we didn’t do that in our opening fixture against Ireland.”

Elsewhere, Nathan Chamberlain’s Scotland U20 were defeated by Fiji in this afternoon’s 11th place play-off and as a consequence will drop into next year’s World Rugby U20 Trophy competition.

Fiji were ultimately too good on the day and although Scotland threatened with five tries in the encounter, it wasn’t enough as the South Sea Islanders were able to convert a number of scintillating end-to-end tries.

Scotland rallied late in the second period and cut the gap to just 11 points with less than 10 minutes remaining, however Fiji were able to score two further tries in the closing stages to seal the comprehensive win.