- Four-try England U18s impress in Scotland
- Front row and back three all did well – Fletcher
Scotland Under 18s 6 England Under 18s 28
England Under 18s kicked off a memorable day for English rugby yesterday (March 9) with a hard-fought 28-6 win against Scotland at Dalziel RFC.
Tries from Northampton Saints’ Roti Segun, Gloucester Rugby’s Sam Underhill, Leicester Tigers’ Charlie Thacker and Harlequins’ Joe Marchant set the platform for Head Coach John Fletcher’s side, as fly half Harry Mallinder added eight points with the boot.
Photo: Ade Segun
Mallinder’s early penalty gave England an eleventh minute lead but Scotland levelled up through Adam Hastings. Segun scored England’s opening try with 20 played but a second penalty from Hastings made it 8-6 before Mallinder scored his second three-pointer to make it 11-6 at the break.
England won the second half 17-0 as tries from BMW Man of the Match Underhill, Thacker and Marchant took the game beyond Scotland.
Photo: Ade Segun
Fletcher said: “We were pleased to get the four tries but feel that there’s still a lot to work on. We made a few too many errors, but to be fair to Scotland – they more than played their part. We were pleased with the way the front row stepped up and our back three did well too.
“The bench added something when they came on, which was great, and we now focus on attention on playing Wales in a couple of weeks and performing well against them.”
England U18s starting XV against Scotland
15 George Perkins (Oaklands College, Saracens)
14 Kai Little (Hartpury College, Exeter Chiefs)
13 Lucas Slowik (Filton College, Bristol)
12 Harry Mallinder (Rugby School, Northampton Saints)
11 Rotimi Segun (Stowe School, Northampton Saints)
10 Joe Marchant (Peter Symonds, Harlequins)
9 Jack Maunder (Blundells School & Devon, Exeter Chiefs)
1 Lewis Boyce (Prince Henry's, Leeds Carnegie)
2 Jack Walker (Prince Henry's, Leeds Carnegie) (Captain)
3 Jack Stanley (Truro College, Exeter Chiefs)
4 Stanley South (Whitgift School, Harlequins)
5 George Nott (Kings School Chester, Sale Sharks)
6 Sam Smith (Old Swinford Hospital, Worcester Warriors)
7 Sam Underhill (Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester Rugby)
8 Will Safe (Hartpury College, Gloucester Rugby)
Replacements (all played):
16 Ollie Adams (St Pauls Catholic College, London Irish)
17 Owen Hills (QEW, Leicester Tigers)
18 Jack Spencer (Hartpury, Gloucester Rugby)
19 Huw Taylor (Old Swinford Hospital, Worcester Warriors)
20 Callum Chick (Gosforth Academy, Newcastle Falcons)
21 Alexander Mitchell (Lymm HS, Sale Sharks)
22 Charlie Thacker (Leicester Grammar, Leicester Tigers)
23 Taylor Prell (Giggleswick School, Leeds)