U20: England bring France down

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:53
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France went into Round 4 as the only unbeaten side. They are no longer unbeaten as England ground out what looks like a comfortable win and they did so in France.

They are not the only team to win away from home, for It alky did in like manner when they went over to Colwyn Bay.

Ireland were the only home team to win and then by a small margin against the team that had beaten England in Round 3.

In fact, it is worthwhile to look down the results and check on what poor predictions are made by results.

Wales beat Ireland, Ireland beat It alky and Italy beat Wales.
France thrashed Scotland, Scotland beat England and England beat France.

Results, Round 4

England vs France, 22-6 
Italy vs Wales, 18-7
Ireland vs Scotland, 30-25

Previous Results

Round 1

England vs Italy, 27-17
France vs Ireland, 34-24
Wales vs Scotland: 36-3

Round 2

Ireland vs Italy, 38-34
England vs Wales, 37-12
France vs Scotland, 69-19

Round 3

France vs Italy, 78-12
Wales vs Ireland, 41-38
Scotland vs England, 24-17

France vs England at Stade de la Méditérranée, Béziers 

It was a hard match in difficult circumstances. Only one try was scored in the match.

Much of the play and scoring came from the boot - Romain N'Tamack for France and Tom Hardwick for England.

Inside centre Cameron Redpath scored England's try just before half-time and England went into the break leading 10-3.

The French suffered greatly when they had two players redcarded - Hassane Kolingar and Pierre-Henri Azagoh for a dangerous tackle on Fraser Dingwall.


For England:
Try: Redpath
Con: Hardwick
Pens: Hardwick 5

For France:
Pens: N'Tamack 2


France: 15 Clément Laporte, 14 Pierre Boudehent, 13 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Iban Etcheverry, 10 Romain N’Tamack, 9 Jules Gimbert, 8 Maxence Lemardelet, 7 Cameron Woki, 6 Antonin Berruyer, 5 Killian Geraci (captain), 4 Thomas Lavault, 3 Demba Bamba, 2 Lucas Peyresblanques, 1 Ugo Boniface 
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Marchand, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Daniel Brennan, 19 Pierre-Henry Azagoh, 20 Baptiste Heguy, 21 Enzo Hardy, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Maxime Marty

England: 15 James Grayson, 14 Gabriel Ibitoye, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Tom Hardwick, 9 Ben White, 8 Sam Moore, 7 Ben Earl (captain), 6 Josh Basham, 5 Sam Lewis, 4 Dino Lamb, 3 Marcus Street, 2 Henry Walker, 1 Toby Trinder
Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Alex Seville, 18 Ehren Painter, 19 James Scott, 20 Ted Hill, 21 Rory Brand, 22 Will Butler, 23 Tom Seabrook

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
Television match official: Ollie Hodges (Ireland)
Assessor: Giovanni Romano (Italy)
Citing commissioner: Stefano Marrama (Italy)

Wales vs Italy at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay

Italy y won an Under-20 Six Nations match in 2014. Their next victory was this one, their very first against Wales.

It was the Italian forwards who laid the foundation for the victory and it was their power that produced both Italy's tries as they drove over the Welsh defence.

At half Italy led 8-0.  When left wing Tommy Rogers scored, the score became just 11-7 but then the forwards got one, credited to hooker Matteo Luccardi.


For Italy:
Tries: Parri, Luccardi
Con: Rizzi
Pens: Rizzi 2

For Wales:
Try: Rogers
Con: Evans


Wales: 15 Cai Evans, 14 Joe Goodchild, 13 Corey Baldwin, 12 Callum Carson, 11 Tommy Rogers, 10 Ben Jones, 9 Harri Morgan, 8 Taine Basham, 7 Will Jones (captain), 6 James Botham, 5 Max Williams, 4 Owen Lloyd, 3 Kemsley Mathias, 2 Dewi Lake, 1 Rhys Carre 
Replacements: 16 Iestyn Harris, 17 Jordan Walters, 18 Rhys Henry, 19 Alun Lawrence, 20 Lennon Greggains, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 Max Llewellyn, 23  Rio Dyer

Italy:  15 Michelangelo Biondelli, 14 Alessandro Forcucci, 13 Andrea De Masi, 12 Damiano Mazza, 11 Albert Einstein Batista, 10 Antonio Rizzi, 9 Nicolò Casilio, 8 Antoine Kouassi Koffi, 7 Michele Lamaro (captain), 6 Davide Ruggeri, 5 Edoardo Iachizzi, 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Michele Mancini Parri, 2 Matteo Luccardi, 1 Danilo Fischetti 
Replacements: 16 Samuele Ngeng, 17 Guido Romano, 18 Matteo Nocera, 19 Matteo Canali, 20 Enrico Ghigo, 21 Luca Crosato, 22 Filippo did Marco, 23 Alessandro Fusco

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: tba  (Scotland)
Television match official: Andrew Cymene (Scotland)
Assessor: Gabriele Villari (Italy)

Ireland vs Scotland at Donnybrook

At half-time, Ireland led 18-6 but Kyle Rowe's try brought the score to 18-11. A try by Matthew Dalton was followed by one by Scotland's Martin Hughes. 23-18.

Then No.8 took matters  into his own hand and with a combination of strength, speed and skill, he ran over 20 metres to score, and Ireland led 30-18 with six minutes to play, enough time for the South African prop Nathan McBeth to score a try, and get Scotland a losers' bonus point.


For Ireland:
Tries: O'Sullivan 2, Agnew, Dalton
Cons: Byrne, Dean
Pens: Byrne 2

For Scotland:
Tries: Rowe, Hughes, McBeth
Cons: Thompson 2
Pens: Thompson 2


Ireland:  15 Michael Silvester, 14 Angus Kernohan, 13 Tommy O'Brien (captain), 12 Angus Curtis, 11 Mark Keane, 10 Harry Byrne, 9 Hugh O'Sullivan, 8 Jack O'Sullivan, 7 Matthew Agnew, 6 Joe Dunleavy, 5 Jack Dunne, 4 Matthew Dalton, 3 Tom O'Toole, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 1 James French
Replacements: 16 tba, 17 Jordan Duggan, 18 Jack Aungier, 19 Charlie Ryan, 20 Ronan Foley, 21 Jonny Stewart, 22 Conor Dean, 23 James Hume

Scotland: 15 Paddy Dewhirst, 14 Rory McMichael, 13 Stafford McDowell, 12 Fraser Strachan, 11 Kyle Rowe, 10 Ross Thompson, 9 Charlie Chapman, 8 Devante Onojaife, 7 Rory Darge, 6 Martin Hughes, 5 Jamie Hodgson, 4 Ewan Johnson, 3 Finlay Richardson, 2 Robbie Smith (captain), 1 Shaun Gunn
Replacements: 16 Bradley Clements, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Murphy Walker, 19 Marshall Sykes, 20 Connor Boyle, 21 Kaleem Barreto, 22 Mark New, 23 Logan Trotter

Referee: Ludovic Cayre (France)
Assistant referees: Cyril Lafond, Arnaud Blondel (France)
Television match official: Philippe Bonhoure (France)
Citing commissioner: Alberto Recaldini (Italy)