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Russian Buist for England

11 April 2003

England Under-19s head into Sunday's FIRA World Cup clash with South Africa boosted by a 30-7 victory over Russia.

 

Sharks right-wing Michael Burgess scored two tries in England's opening match of the tournament in Massy, France last night (Thursday).

 

Coach Tosh Askew said: "We didn't handle the ball as efficiently as we could have and consequently numerous scoring chances went begging in a game dominated by forwards.

 

"The lack of a kicker also meant that we didn't run up a bigger winning margin. However, it has been a satisfactory start."

 

England led 15-0 at half-time thanks to Burgess' opening score, a 19th-minute try from Leeds Tykes Thomas Rock and a conversion and penalty from his centre partner, Bath's Simon Whatling.

 

Burgess doubled his account early in the second half followed by Worcester's Rhodri McAtee in the 51st minute and Newcastle Falcons lock Andy Buist in the 69th.

 

England now face South Africa - 50-0 winners over Korea - in Epernay at 3pm local time on Sunday.