- Spencer-Tonks and Dickson score twice at Fylde
- England keep composure to ease home
England Under 16s 31 Wales Under 16s 10
Photo: Bruce Seabrook
England turned on the style to ease to their second win in five days in front of large crowd at Fylde RFC on Easter Sunday.
Having battled to break down Italy Under 17s at Macclesfield on Wednesday England took the chance to express themselves with an outstanding team performance which featured five well-constructed tries.
They also showed composure to come conceding an early individual try scored by Wales’ pacy full-back Hallam Amos.
Thanks to the penetrative running of centre Daniel Spencer-Tonks, the excellent line-out work of Charlie Ewals and the industry of blindside flanker Cameron Neild England were able to esatblsih a 19-5 half-time lead and build on it with two tries from left wing Colin Dickson in the second half.
It was a game full of attacking endeavour from both sides and apart from the seven tries that were scored there were several near-misses.
Having missed tackles which allowed Amos to race up the right for his solo opener England regrouped quickly and put Wales under pressure. Fly-half David Buck, who kicked so well against Italy, was off target with two penalty chances in as many minutes but England sustained the pressure.
It was Buck who set up England’s opening try with a lovely break which was well supported by right wing Tom Howe and Spencer-Tonks arrived to take the scoring pass.
Buck missed the conversion but then kicked a penalty to the corner. Ewals won the resulting line-out and Neil was driven over for a try which gave England a lead they would not surrender. Buck added the extras.
Sexton wraps it up
The decisive try came on the stroke of half time when scrum-half Simon Sexton got the ball away quickly from a scrum that had wheeled. Spencer-Tonks hit the line at pace and he galloped away on a 60 metres run to the line with Buck again converting.
Wales began the second half as they had the first with lock Joshua Helps breaking clear and England had captain Nick Tompkins sin-binned for not releasing in the resulting ruck.
But England manned the barricades while they were without Tompkins and Sexton poached the ball off Wales at a five metres scrum.
Wales fly-half Josh White was then off target with a kickable penalty and England responded with a clever to kick to the corner from Neil which helped to relieve the pressure.
Sexton then took a quick tapped penalty when Wales were penalised at a scrum close to their line and broke left where Dickson used his pace to cross for England’s fourth try.
Dickson crossed from further out for the try that typified England’s performance with forwards and backs combining superbly after Neild had made the initial break. Buck banged over his third conversion.
Wales completed the scoring when their captain and centre Jack Dixon crossed from close range to round off a period of sustained pressure.
England U16 team v Wales U16
15 Elliot Cox (Reading Blue Coat School, Redingensians RFC, London Irish Academy and Berkshire)
14 Tom Howe (RGS High Wycombe, London Wasps Academy and Buckinghamshire)
13 Nick Tompkins (C) (Bishop Justus School, Old Elthamians RFC, Saracens Academy and Kent)
12 Daniel Spencer-Tonks (Chosen Hill School, Hucclecote RFC, Gloucester Academy and Gloucestershire)
11 Colin Dickson (Ellesmere College, Shrewsbury RFC, Worcester Warriors Academy and North Midlands)
10 David Buck (Sherborne School, Bath Academy an d Dorset & Wiltshire)
9 Simon Sexton (Wellington College, London Irish Amateurs RFC, London Irish Academy and Surrey)
1 Alexander Lundberg (Hampton School, Wasps RFC, London Wasps Academy and Middlesex)
2 Matthew Beaty (Kirkham GS, Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Lancashire)
3 George Buckney (Gryphon School, Sherborne RFC, Bath Academy and Dorset & Wiltshire)
4 Charlie Ewels (Bournemouth School for Boys, Bournemouth RFC, Bath Academy and Dorset & Wiltshire)
5 Tom Ellis (Millfield School and Somerset)
6 Cameron Neild (Manchester RFC, Altrincham Kersal RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Cheshire)
7 Jack Barnard (Harrogate GS, Harrogate RFC, Leeds Carnegie Academy and Yorkshire)
8 Charles Kingham (Felsted School, Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Saracens Academy and Hertfordshire).
Replacements used: Lorcan Dow (London Oratory School, London Irish Amateur RFC, London Irish Academy and Middlesex), Daniel Grange (Ilkley GS, Ilkley RFC, Leeds Carnegie Academy and Yorkshire), William Hunt (Farmors School, Cirencester RFC, Gloucester Academy and Gloucestershire), Joss Linney (Uppingham School, Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Saracens Academy and Essex), James Mitchell (Lymm HS, Lymm RFC, Sale Sharks Academy and Cheshire), Jeremy Reason (Dulwich College, Blackheath RFC, Saracens Academy and Kent), Jonathan Spelman (Tonbridge School, Harlequins RFC, Harlequins Academy and Surrey).