- England U18 record second victory Down Under
- Tries from Crumpton, Sinckler, Nowell and Webber
Australia A Schools 0 England Under 18 27
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England’s talented youngsters recorded a second victory on their tour of Australia today, notching up four tries in an accurate and powerful display of running rugby at Oakhill College, Sydney.
Despite making ten changes to the side that beat an Australian U19 Academy side 19-8 last Sunday, coach John Fletcher’s side retained their trademark physicality and showed no signs of unfamiliarity. “Despite leaving a few tries out there, we still scored four and kept them out so I’m reasonably pleased with the performance,” said Fletcher.
“We started well, scoring three first half tries,” he added. “Despite coming out well after the break, the second half got a bit frantic at times, probably because we tried to force it a bit too much. We weren’t precise enough but I’ve got to give them credit, the Australian side tackled well and hard and certainly made the breakdown tough for us in the second half.”
But with a number of players coming off injured, Fletcher and his coaching team will have to wait and see how the players recover ahead of Sunday’s big match against Australia Schools. “We picked up a few knocks so we’ll have to wait and see where we are come the weekend.”
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A pair of first half tries for dynamic front row duo Max Crumpton (Oaklands College & Saracens) and prop Kyle Sinckler (Epsom College & Harlequins), sandwiched around an effort from full back Jack Nowell (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs), gave the tourists a comfortable 17-0 lead with less than 30 minutes on the clock, fly half Will Robinson adding a conversion.
Strong running from a number of forwards, notably the front row, and skipper Dominic Barrow, and Exeter Chiefs centre Sam Hill, ensured England remained permanently on attack, with the home side barely breaking out of their own half.
While England failed to capitalise on at least two more scoring chances, Australia too couldn’t make the most of what limited possession they had, with two knock-ons and a collapsed scrum in closing minutes of the first period proving costly.
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A flurry of half time substitutions ensured the intensity was maintained but England struggled to retain the accuracy they displayed in the first half.
A 60th minute penalty from Robinson extended the lead to 20 before replacement full back Marcus Webber (Manchester Grammar and Leeds Carnegie) proved his worth, wrong footing the midfield defence to cross for England’s fourth try after only 10 minutes on the pitch.
An easy conversion from Robinson rounded off the scoring and left Fletcher and the team with plenty to be pleased with ahead of Sunday’s grand finale.
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England U18 starting XV v Australia A Schools
15 Jack Nowell (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs)
14 Oliver Rosillo (Harrogate Grammar & Leeds Carnegie)
13 Tom Stephenson (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
12 Sam Hill (Ivybridge College & Exeter Chiefs)
11 Zach Kibirige (Yarm School & Newcastle Falcons)
10 Will Robinson (Twyford College & London Wasps)
9 Alex Day (St Joseph’s College & Northampton Saints)
1 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Truro College & Exeter Chiefs)
2 Max Crumpton (Oaklands College & Saracens)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Epsom College & Harlequins)
4 Tom Jubb (Oaklands College & Saracens)
5 George Sandford (St Paul’s Catholic College & London Irish)
6 Dominic Barrow (Prince Henry’s Grammar & Leeds Carnegie), captain
7 Joe Buckle (Bryanston & Bath Rugby)
8 David Sisi (St Paul’s Catholic College & London Irish)
16 Scott Spurling (Harrow School & Saracens)
17 Danny Herriott (Moulton College & Northampton Saints)
18 Jack Clifford (RGS Guildford & Harlequins)
19 Matt Hankin (Haileybury College & Saracens)
20 Sam Jones (Ivybridge College & Exeter Chiefs) (unused)
21 James Lightfoot-Brown (St Paul’s Catholic College & London Irish)
22 Henry Slade (Plymouth College & Exeter Chiefs)
23 Marcus Webber (Manchester Grammar & Leeds Carnegie)
Scorers: T Crumpton, Newell, Sinckler, Webber; P Robinson; C Robinson (2)
REFEREE: Richard Goswill