- England Under 18s produce winning display
- As a group I think that we performed well – Walton
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England Under 18s beat a strong Northampton Saints Academy side 27-19 at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday, scoring four tries to Saints’ three in a display that pleased coaches John Fletcher, Peter Walton and Ian Peel.
England’s tries came from Sam Smith, Jack Walker, Tom Morton and Jack Maplesden. Morton converted Walker’s try while Rory Jennings added five points, converting Maplesden’s try and slotting a penalty.
Head Coach Fletcher said: “There was lots of good endeavour from both teams and I thought that it was a good game in difficult conditions. Both sides played with a lot of attacking intent and we’ll certainly be better off for the game.”
Forwards coach Pete Walton added: “As a group I think that we performed really well. There were a lot of new faces on show but they stuck together, scored four good tries and deserved their win in the end. We played with some real intensity and that’s what got us over the line – we enjoyed a good few days in camp before the game and that time together was crucial.”