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England Blues beaten at Wellington Festival

19 April 2011

  • Brave defensive effort fails to halt Scotland
  • Props and back row impress in defeat

England Blues Under 16s were beaten 38-10 by a powerful Scotland Under 17s side in their second match at the Wellington Festival in Berkshire today.

The Blues battled bravely and were in touch until midway through the second half when Scotland brought on reinforcements from their bench.

“It was a very competitive game and it was only in the last 20 minutes that they pulled away from us,” said England Blues manager John Cooper.

“Scotland are a year older than us and that made a big difference physically. But we put in a very brave defensive effort and we kept tackling right up to the final whistle.”

Full-back Grant McConnell (Millfield School and Somerset) and centre Pete Moore (Abingdon School and Oxfordshire) scored the England Blues tries with McConnell taking his tally to three in two matches in a productive festival.

Props Dan Pullinger (Stoke Dameral Community College, Devonport Services and Devon) and Luke Morrison (Chesham GS, Amersham & Chiltern and Buckinghamshire) stood up well under pressure from a big Scotland pack.

The back-row of James Worlock (Lancaster RGS, Preston Grasshoppers, Sale Sharks Academy and Lancashire), Thomas Woolstencroft (Taunton School, Topsham and Devon) and Robert Tait (Millfield School, Bath Academy and Somerset) also impressed in adversity.

The festival concludes on April 22 when English Divisions North and English Divisions Midlands will join the international sides involved so far.

England Blues will play England Division (North) on the final day at 10am with England Reds taking on Scotland Under 17s an hour later.