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Wade stars as England U20 beat Scotland

14 June 2011

  • England U20 beat Scotland 39-18 in their second JWC match
  • Christian Wade hat-trick helps England to five-try win in Italy

England U20 39 Scotland U20 18

Christian Wade heads over for his first try against Scotland

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London Wasps wing Christian Wade scored a hat-trick of tries as England Under 20 won their second Pool C match of this season’s IRB Junior World Championship, beating Scotland 39-18 in Treviso, Italy.

London Irish wing Marland Yarde and Gloucester Rugby’s Ryan Mills were also among the try scorers, helping England to the deserved win.  Saracens fly half Owen Farrell kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely, scoring 10 points with the boot, while his replacement George Ford scored four.

England drew first blood with just two minutes on the clock through Farrell, who slotted a penalty between the posts to claim his first points in an England U20 shirt. But Scotland hit back almost immediately through a penalty of their own, scored by No. 10 Duncan Weir.

England soon replied themselves, Farrell again scoring three points to make the score 6-3 with seven minutes on the clock.

Marland Yarde races through to score for England U20

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Yarde then secured England’s first try of the game, and his second of the tournament, minutes later, intercepting a loose Scottish pass in the English half before showing great pace to run the length of the pitch and touch down, with Farrell converting.

Scotland reduced the deficit through a long-range drop goal before Wade touched down a delicate grubber kick from Farrell after London Wasps centre Elliot Daly opted for a quick line-out, and Farrell converted to make the score 20-6 at the break.

Scotland opened the try scoring in the second half when scrum half Sean Kennedy rounded off a tidy team move to cross the whitewash between the posts, with Weir converting.

Things could have got worse for England but for a try saving tackle from replacement No. 10 George Ford, who was able to tackle his opposite number into touch when Scotland had men over.

Elliot Daly in action for England U20 against Scotland

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Ford was then instrumental in England’s third try of the game, setting up No. 12 Ryan Mills to score near the posts with a nice inside pass, but Ford’s resulting conversion attempt hit the post. Scotland hit straight back, scoring a try of their own two minutes later through wing Kerr Gossman.

With seven points in it at 25-18, Ford missed a kickable penalty before Wade grabbed his second try, showing a great burst of pace to touch down out wide to give England breathing space at 32-18.

As Scotland pressed forward, replacement No. 8 Alex Gray picked up a pass in the middle of the park and surged forwards before picking out Wade who went over to complete his hat-trick. Ford’s successful conversion out wide bought the game to a close and England now turn their thoughts to South Africa in their final Pool C game.

Points: Marland Yarde 1T, Christian Wade3T, Ryan Mills 1T; Owen Farrell 2C, 2P, George Ford 2C.

England U20 team to face Scotland
Player Club
15 Jonathan Joseph London Irish
14 Christian Wade London Wasps
13 Elliot Daly London Wasps
12 Ryan Mills Gloucester Rugby
11 Marland Yarde London Irish
10 Owen Farrell Saracens
9 Dan Robson Gloucester Rugby
1 Ryan Bower Leicester Tigers
2 Rob Buchanan Harlequins
3 Will Collier Harlequins
4 Sam Twomey Harlequins
5 Joe Launchbury London Wasps
6 Matt Kvesic (C) Worcester Warriors
7 Matt Everard Leicester Tigers
8 Sam Jones London Wasps
Player Club
16 Koree Britton on for Rob Buchanan Gloucester Rugby
17 Henry Thomas on for Will Collier Sale Sharks
18 Charlie Matthews on for Joe Launchbury Harlequins
19 Alex Gray on for Matt Kvesic Newcastle Falcons
20 Chris Cook on for Dan Robson Bath Rugby
21 George Ford on for Owen Farrell Leicester Tigers
22 Ben Ransom on for Elliot Daly Saracens