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England Students fall to narrow defeat

28 January 2012

  • England Students lose 31-28 to Portugal in Lisbon
  • Disappointed to lose by such a narrow margin – Colwell
Josh Beaumont was in action for the England Students

Photo: Getty Images

England Students lost 31-28 against Portugal in Lisbon in a display described by team manager Steven Colwell as "very exciting, but ultimately disappointing to lose by such a narrow margin".

Captained by former England Under 20 international Tom Sargeant, and featuring Josh Beaumont, son of Bill (pictured), England were a constant threat throughout the match and went toe-to-toe with the 24th best team in world, eventually losing by an agonising three points.

England scored four converted tries, but it wasn't enough to edge past their European rivals.

Speaking after the game Colwell said: "We're obviously very disappointed to lose by such a narrow margin but showed once again that the England Students can compete at the very highest level.

"Physically we were smaller, but the team is full of incredibly bright and gifted athletes and they adapted well to the conditions. We played some exciting rugby, played at an incredible tempo and ultimately did ourselves proud. This team has bonded really quickly and I am excited about what lies ahead."

England Students starting XV v Portugal

1) Richard Barrington (Hartpury)
2) Richard Townsend (Hartpury)
3) Jordan Saunders (UWIC)
4) Phil Hoy (Hartpury)
5) Jamie Collins (Bath)
6) Josh Beaumont (Durham)
7) Tom Sargeant (Exeter) (C)
8) Matt Chambers (Exeter)

9) Matt Keyte (Bath)
10) Zak Vinnecombe (Bath)
11) Sam Miller (Bath)
12) Daniel Bibby (UWIC)
13) Tom Shiel (Durham)
14) Ryan Edwards (UWIC)
15) Tom O'Toole (Cambridge)

Replacements

16) Jamie Hallam (Durham)
17) Mungo Strachan (Newcastle)
18) Anthony Maka (Bishop Burton College)
19) Graeme Lawler (Hartpury)
20) Bradley Field (Hartpury)
21) Mike Ward (Durham)
22) David Treglown (Leeds Met)