Mon 13 Mar 2017 | 01:45

England are U20 Champions

England are U20 Champions
Mon 13 Mar 2017 | 01:45
England are U20 Champions

Like their senior team, with one match to play they are in a unassailable position at the top of the Six Nations log. Only Ireland stand between them and a Grand Slam.


Round 1
Ireland vs Scotland, 20-19
England vs France, 59-17
Wales vs Italy, 27-5

Round 2
Ireland vs Italy, 27-26
England vs Wales, 37-21
France vs Scotland, 36-8

Round 3
England vs Italy, 46-0
Ireland vs France, 27-22
Wales vs Scotland, 65-34

Round 4
England vs Scotland 33-5
France vs Italy, 18-13
Wales vs Ireland, 41-27

Log after Four Rounds

Bonus points are making a difference all right. England have one from each of their matches, Ireland have none.

1. England – 20 pts
2. Wales – 14 pts
3. Ireland – 12 pts
4. France – 10 pts
5. Italy – 2 pts
6. Scotland – 2 pts

France vs Italy

France did not have it all their own way at the Stadio Santa Rosa in Capoterra on the island of Sardinia.

France scored two tries, both by front-row players, to Italy's one. The rest of the points came from kicks.

Italy scored first when Massimo Cioffi kicked a penalty as Italy put pressure on France. Italy attacked again but a knock-on gave the French a chance to counter. After a long run by Faraj Fortass. Antonio Rizzi tackled him, Italy were penalised and France kicked out for a five-metre line-out from which they mauled over the line for a try credited to Florian Dufour. 7-3 to France.

This became 12-3 when prop Ugo Boniface drove over from close quarters. That was the half-time score.

Early in the second half flyhalf Rizzi forced his way over for a try, and the scores was 12-10.

The only other scores in the half were two penalties by Ntamack and then, just before the end, a penalty by Cioffi, gave the home side a losers' bonus point.


For France:
Tries: Dufour, Boniface
Con: Ntamack
Pens: Ntamack 2

For Italy:
Try: Rizzi
Con: Cioffi
Pens: Cioffi 2


Italy: 15 Massimo Cioffi, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Ludovico Vaccari, 12 Marco Zanon (captain), 11 Giovanni D'Onofrio, 10 Antonio Rizzi, 9 Charly Trussardi, 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Nardo Casolari, 6 Jacopo Bianchi, 5 Gabriele Venditti, 4 Lorenzo Masselli, 3 Giosuè Zilocchi, 2 Massimo Ceciliani, 1 Daniele Rimpelli
Replacements: 16 Alberto Rollero, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Niccolò Cannone, 20 Michele Lamaro, 21 Matteomaria Panunzi, 22 Michelangelo Biondelli, 23 Roberto dal Zilio

France:  15 Romain Buros, 14 Faraj Fartass, 13 Théo Millet, 12 Alexandre Arrate, 11 William Iraguha, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Alexandre Roumat, 7 Dylan Cretin, 6 Killian Geraci, 5 Mickaël Capelli, 4 Florian Verhaeghe (captain), 3 Thomas Laclayat, 2 Florian Dufour, 1 Ugo Boniface
Replacements: 16 Léo Aouf, 17 Etienne Fourcade, 18 George-Henri Colombe, 19 Alban Requet, 20 Cameron Woki, 21  Jérémy Valençot, 22 Pierre-Louis Barassi, 23 Geoffrey Cros

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Finlay Brown (Scotland), Ross Mabon (Scotland)
Television match official: Charles Samson (Scotland)

England vs Scotland

The 14 points England scored in the last eight minutes made the score look more comfortable than it may have been.

The two tries in the first half, by flank Jack Nay and scrumhalf Harry Randall, gave England a 14-0 lead at the break at Franklin's Gardens.

Dominic Morris's try added to the score before left wing Darcy Graham got Scotland's only the score.

Zach Mercer and Theo Brophy Clews scored the late tries.

Flyhalf Max Malins converted all but one of the five tries.


For England:
Tries: Nay, Randall, Morris, Mercer, Brophy Clews
Cons: Malins 5

For Scotland:
Try: Graham


England: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Dominic Morris, 12 Will Butler, 11 Sam Aspland-Robinson, 10 Max Malins, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Zach Mercer (captain), 7 Ben Curry, 6 Jack Nay, 5 Max Davies, 4 Josh Caulfield, 3 Ciaran Knight, 2 Curtis Langdon, 1 Ollie Dawe
Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Ralph Adams-Hale, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Ted Hill, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Max Wright

Scotland: 15 Stafford McDowall, 14 Robbie Nairn, 13 Ali Greig, 12 Cameron Hutchison, 11 Darcy Graham), 10 Josh Henderson, 9 ,Andrew Simmers, 8 Tom Dodd, 7 Matt Fagerson, 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 Luke Crosbie, 22 Charlie Shiel, 23 Craig Pringle

Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)
Assistant referees: Sean Brickell (Wales), Stuart Kibble (Wales)
Television match official: Jon Mason (Wales)
Timekeeper: Clive Leeke (England)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

Wales vs Ireland

Wales scored first – a penalty – and Ireland took the lead when Calvin Nash scored a converted try. But ties by hooker Corrie Tarrant, scrumhalf Dane Blacker and centre Kieran Williams gave Wales a 22-13 lead at the break.

The teams each scored two tries in the second half.


For Wales:
Tries: Tarrant, Blacker, K Williams 2, Pope
Cons: B Jones 4, P Jones
Pens: B Jones 2

For Ireland:
Tries: Nash, Conway, Boyle
Cons: Johnston 3
Pens: Johnston 2


Wales: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Corey Baldwin, 13 Cameron Lewis, 12 Kieran Williams, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Ben Jones, 9 Dane Blacker, 8 Aled Ward, 7 Will Jones (captain), 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 5 Alex Dombrandt, 4 Sean Moore, 3 Keiron Assiratti, 2 Corrie Tarrant, 1 Rhys Carre
Replacements: 16 Owen Hughes, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Chris Coleman, 19 Jack Pope (Bridgend), 20 James Botham, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 Phil Jones, 23 Ioan Nicholas

Ireland: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Tommy O'Brien, 13 Jack Kelly, 12 Ciaran Frawley, 11 Calvin Nash (captain), 10 Bill Johnston, 9 Jonny Stewart, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 l Boyle, 6 Gavin Coombes, 5 Oisin Dowling, 4 Fineen Wycherley, 3 Charlie Connolly, 2 Tadgh McElroy, 1 Joey Conway
Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Greg McGrath, 18 Matthew Burke, 19 Jack Regan, 20 Marcus Rea, 21 Jack Stafford, 22 Conor Fitzgerald, 23 Colm Hogan

Referee: Christophe Ridley (England)
Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe (England), l Burton (England)
Television match official: David Sainsbury (England)
Assessor: Eric Darriere (France)


PV: 2

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