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Posted Thursday, July 8th 2021

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Young Bears star as England U20 eye Grand Slam

England U20 Men are one win away from an Under 20 Six Nations Grand Slam following a bonus-point 45-3 win over Wales.

Alex Groves and Jack Bates both featured for Alan Dickens’ side on Wednesday night, as they blew away their Welsh opponents to edge within striking range of  their first title since 2017.

It was Wales who got the first points of the match after just two minutes when Sam Costelow knocked over a penalty to give the hosts the lead.

England responded just two minutes later though when number eight Jack Clement went over from a powerful short range drive, with fly half Fin Smith adding the conversion.

A driving maul resulted in England’s second try and it was hooker Sam Riley who crossed off the back of his lineout throw.

England’s third came from a superb break and finish from captain Jack van Poortvliet when he took a quick tap penalty just outside the 22 and he beat three defenders to cross – Smith added the extras for a 19-3 lead at the break, which saw England’s Harvey Kindell-Beaton sent to the sin bin just before half-time.

The bonus-point score came on the 50th minute mark when a slick handling move was worked out to the left win and Arthur Relton finished easily, with replacement Tommy Mathews adding the conversion.

Relton’s second came down a blindside break just a few minutes later and England finished their scoring when Nahum Merigan went over twice in the closing stages with powerful scores, and Mathews added the extras for both as Alan Dickens’ side prevented Wales from scoring in the second half.  

England's final game is against an Italian side who have won one of their four games so far which takes place on Tuesday, 13 July (KO 2pm) in a game you can watch on England Rugby’s Facebook as well as YouTube.

SCORERS

WALES (3) 3

Pens: Costelow

ENGLAND (19) 45

Tries: Clement, Riley, Van Poortvliet, Relton 2, Merigan 2 Cons: Smith 2, Mathews 3

TEAMS

Wales: 15 Jacob Beetham,14 Daniel John, 13 Ioan Evans, 12 Joe Hawkins, 11 Tom Florence, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Ethan Lloyd; 1 Theo Bevacqua, 2 Oli Burrows, 3 Lewys Jones, 4 Joe Peard, 5 Rhys Thomas, 6 Christ Tshiunza, 7 Alex Mann (C), 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu.

Replacements: 16 Efan Daniel, 17 Cameron Jones, 18 Nathan Evans, 19 James Fender, 20 Tristan Davies, 21 Harri Williams, 22 Will Reed, 23 Carrick McDonough, 24 Morgan Richards, 25 Eddie James, 26 Evan Lloyd.

England: 15 Orlando Bailey, 14 Tom Roebuck, 13 Jack Bates, 12 Dan Lancaster, 11 Arthur Relton, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet (C); 1 Fin Baxter, 2 Sam Riley, 3 Harvey Kindell-Beaton, 4 Arthur Clark, 5 Alex Groves, 6 Ewan Richards, 7 Jack Clement, 8 Nahum Merigan.

Finishers: 16 Archie Vanes, 17 Lewis Holsey, 18 Luke Green, 19 Freddie Thomas, 20 Josh Gray, 21 Ollie Stonham, 22 Tom Carr-Smith, 23 Tommy Mathews, 24 Phil Cokanasiga, 25 Deago Bailey, 26 Charlie Atkinson.

ENGLAND'S U20 SIX NATIONS FIXTURES

All games take place at Cardiff Arms Park. 


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