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England Deaf win in Scotland

13 March 2010

  • England comeback from 10 points down to win away
  • Thomas and Corcoran touch down on international debuts

Scotland Deaf 17 England Deaf 36

England deaf recovered from a sluggish first quarter to ease to victory in their second and final international of the season against Scotland at the GHA ground at Braidholm in Glasgow this afternoon.

England trailed by ten points after 28 minutes to a converted try and early penalty from the Scots but managed to level the scores by half-time when forst lock Kris Mannering (Richmond) then winger Gavin Jackson (Wheatley Hills) crossed for unconverted tries.

Some stern words from coach Aldam Mills during the break and a number of tactical substitutions including the introduction of debutant Ceri Thomas in the centre and Tom Cowdale (Wolverhampton) and Len Fincham (South Leicester) contributed to a vastly-improved second half display.

Inspirational centre Matthew Cook (Leicester Lions) nudged England in front for the first time when he went over after 51 minutes with fly-half Mark Lewis of Brighton adding the conversion.

Thomas of Brighton marked his debut with England's fourth try seven minutes later with another debutant, Hertford back-row forward Joshua Corcoran, also scoring shortly after he replaced Truter Bothma.

Jackson converted Corcoran's try before Lewis crossed for England's final score ten minutes from time with full-back Leigh Bialik adding the extras.

Bialik (Haywards Heath) took over the kicking duties because Jackson sustained suspected cruciate ligament damage, which took some of the gloss of an encouraging England display.

Plucky Scotland had the satisfaction of rounding off the scoring with a last minute converted try.