U20 6N: England March on
With a strong win over Wales up at Parc Eirias, England look certainties to won the Under-20 Six Nations.
It would be a huge surprise if Ireland, Scotland or Italy beat them this year.
Results Round 2
Ireland vs Italy, 27-26
England vs Wales, 37-21
France vs Scotland, 36-8
Results Round 1
Ireland vs Scotland, 20-19
England vs France, 57-19
Wales vs Italy, 27-5
Ireland vs Italy
For the second successive week Ireland eked out a one-point victory, also an away win, this time at Stadio Enrico Chersoni in Prato. This time Italy scored a converted try near the end to close within a point whereas against Scotland Ireland scored a converted try at the death to win by a point.
Throughout the game Italy challenged strongly. At half-time Ireland led just 6-3. With 16 minutes to play, Italy led 14-13. Then Ireland scored, then Italy scored, then Ireland scored and finally Italy scored - all tries but Italy missed a conversion. Three tries were scored in the last 10 minutes.
The second half was thrilling.
Tries: Larmour 2, O'Brien
Cons: McPhillips 2, Fitzgerald
Pen: McPhillips 2
Tries: Ceciliani, Zanon, Rollero
Pens: Rizzi 3
Italy: 15 Massimo Cioffi, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Ludovico Vaccari, 12 Marco Zanon, 11 Dario Schiabel, 10 Antonio Rizzi, 9 Charly Trussardi, 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Lorenzo Masselli, 6 Jacopo Bianchi, 5 Gabriele Venditti, 4 Giordano Baldino, 3 Marco Riccioni (captain), 2 Massimo Ceciliani, 1 Daniele Rimpelli
Replacements: 16 Alberto Rollero, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Giosuè Zilocchi, 19 Edoardo Iachizzi, 20 Nardo Casolari, 21 Emilio Fusco, 22 Michelangelo Biondelli, 23 Roberto dal Zilio
Ireland: 15 Colm Hogan, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 Gavin Mullin, 12 Ciaran Frawley, 11 Calvin Nash, 10 Johnny McPhillips, 9 Jonny Stewart (Queen's University), 8 Caelan Doris, 7 l Boyle, 6 Cillian Gallagher (captain), 5 Oisin Dowling, 4 Fineen Wycherley, 3 Charlie Connolly, 2 Tadgh McElroy, 1 Joey Conway
Replacements: 16 Adam Moloney, 17 Rory Mulvihill, 18 Matthew Burke, 19 Jack Regan, 20 Gavin Coombes, 21 Jack s, 22 Conor Fitzgerald, 23 Tommy O'Brien
Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Simon Rees (Wales), Jonathan Hardy (Wales)
Television match official: Neil Hennessy (Wales)
Assessor: Gordon McMurray (Scotland)
England vs Wales
Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, was becoming a fortress for Wales Under-20. They had won six successive matches there but then England 2017 arrived.
With seven minutes to go, England had two players in the sin bin and were leading by six points. Then Zach Mercer caught a defensive kick about 40 metres from the Welsh line and scored.
In the first half England played into the wind and scored three tries to lead 24-13 after Wales had raced to 13-0.
Tries: Randall, Wright, Butler, Mercer
Cons: Umaga 3, Grayson
Pens: Umaga 2, Grayson
Tries: Jones, Coleman
Pens: Jones 3
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Leo Colgan (Ireland), Helen O'Reilly (Ireland)
Television match official: Olly Hodges (Ireland)
France vs Scotland
Five tries to one states clearly the difference between the two sides - France's superiority.
At half- time, in Grenoble up in the Alps, France led 10-3 after lock Mickaël Capelli had opened the score with a try at the half-hour mark.
Tries: Capelli, Couilloud, Fartass, Retière 2
Cons: Ntamack, Darmon 3
France: France: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Faraj Fartass, 13 Nathan Decron, 12 Théo Dachary, 11 William Iraguha, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Batiste Couilloud, 8 Charlie Francoz, 7 Killian Bendjaballah, 6 Baptiste Pesenti, 5 Mickaël Capelli, 4 Florian Verhaeghe (captain), 3 Thomas Laclayat, 2 Etienne Fourcade, 1 Léo Aouf
Replacements: 16 Kévin Tougne, 17 Florian Dufour, 18 George-Henri Colombe, 19 Alexandre Roumat, 20 Selevasio Tolofua, 21 Arthur Retière, 22 Thomas Darmon, 23 Théo Millet
Scotland: 15 Stafford McDowall, 14 Robbie Nairn, 13 Craig Pringle, 12 Cameron Hutchison, 11 Darcy Graham, 10 Josh Henderson, 9 Andrew Simmers, 8 Tom Dodd, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Bruce Flockhart, 5 Callum Hunter-Hill(captain), 4 Alex Craig, 3 Adam Nicol, 2 Fraser Renwick, 1 George Thornton
Replacements: 16 Robbie Smith, 17 Daniel Winning, 18 Fergus Bradbury, 19 Hamish Bain, 20 Jamie Ure, 21 Charlie Shiel, 22 Connor Eastgate, 23 Ross McCann
Coach: Sean Lineen
Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Kieran Barry (Ireland), Ken Imbusch (Ireland)
Television match official: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)