- England Under 20 lose out to Irish in SA
- We’re frustrated with the result – Walker
England Under 20 12 Ireland Under 20 27
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England Under 20 will play Australia for seventh place in the IRB Junior World Championship after losing 27-12 to Six Nations rivals Ireland at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.
Tries from Chris Walker and Henry Slade were not enough for England and Ireland will now face France at Newlands Stadium for a tilt at fifth place.
An early break from Will Addison almost got England off to a dream start, but the Sale Sharks wing was stopped just short of the line and it was Ireland who got the first try of the evening. Wing Barry Daly pounced on a loose England pass to run in from just over half way.
The men in green got their second score after 17 minutes, back row Iain Henderson got on the end of a well worked attack before JJ Hanrahan slotted a simple penalty to make it 17-0 at the break.
England made four changes for the second period with Ross Harrison, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Max Crumpton and Marland Yade all coming on and the affect was immediate.
Short lived joy for England
England got their first try of the game 90 seconds into the half as a strong break from Yarde was eventually finished in the corner by captain Chris Walker – his first try for the Under 20s.
Walker’s joy was short-lived though as he was sent to the sin-bin after 55 minutes and Ireland immediately increased the gap to 15 with a second Hanrahan penalty to make it 20-5.
Wing Yarde followed Walker into the bin as England continued to press and replacement Billy Vunipola was denied a try after being held up over the line.
Despite being camped in the Irish half, one lapse in concentration freed up Jordan Coghlan to cross for Ireland’s third try before a late England rally gave fly half Slade the chance to touch down wide of the posts to make it 27-12, but it wasn't enough.
Captain Chris Walker said: “We’re frustrated with the result, ultimately we gave ourselves too much to do. I felt like we had a lot of possession, particularly in the second half, but a few too many errors sneaked into our game and that’s what has cost us.
“We still have Australia to play and that’s a game we’re desperate to win. We’ll review this game before focusing all of our attention on them and hopefully doing the Rose proud.”
Points: Chris Walker 1T, Henry Slade 1T, 1C.
England Under 20 starting XV against Ireland
15 Ben Ransom (Saracens)
14 Will Addison (Sale Sharks)
13 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
12 Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)
11 Josh Bassett (Bedford Blues)
10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
9 Ben Spencer (Saracens)
1 Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
2 Nathan Morris (London Wasps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
4 Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
5 George Merrick (Harlequins)
6 David Sisi (London Irish)
7 Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie) (C)
8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
16 Max Crumpton (Saracens) on for Nathan Morris 40 mins
17 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) on for Alec Hepburn 40 mins
18 Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks) on for Kyle Sinckler 40 mins
19 Billy Vunipola (London Wasps) on for George Merrick 50 mins
20 Ben Nutley (Northampton) on for Jack Clifford 55 mins
21 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby) on for Ben Spencer 50 mins
22 Tommy Bell (London Wasps) on for Josh Bassett 70 mins
23 Marland Yarde (London Irish) on for Will Addison 40 mins