England Under-20s keep hopes alive
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 March 2015
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Coopers old boy Perkins helps beat Scots
Former Coopers pupil George Perkins and England Under-20s kept their hopes of winning the Six Nations alive after a 26-11 win against Scotland at Darlington Mowden Park’s Northern Echo Arena last night.
Tries from James Mitchell, Paul Hill and James Chisholm put England in the driving seat, while Rory Jennings added 11 points with his boot, and they face France in next week’s final game at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium.
After a cagey opening, in which both sides exchanged penalties, England moved up a gear and Mitchell capitalised on a Scottish overthrow at the line-out to jump over the forwards to score.
The second try came from a well-weighted cross-field kick from Jennings that was gathered and touched down by prop Hill.
With England in the ascendancy they opted for the corner instead of the posts and the forwards drove over for Chisholm to dot down at the base for a 26-6 lead at the break.
England struggled to get going in the second half and failed to trouble the scoreboard. Howard Packman went close on a couple of occasions, but wasn’t able to convert.
Scotland did go over in the corner through Ben Robbins to complete the scoring.
England head coach Jon Callard said: “It was very much a game of two halves. I felt like we did very well in the first 40, we pinned Scotland back and scored some nice tries.
“But credit to them, they came back at us in the second and caused us problems.
“We come away from the game a little disappointed – of course it’s great to get the win, but we always want to put in a good performance and I think we left a bit out there.
“But we get together on Monday and will prepare for what will be a huge game against France in Brighton.”
Man of the match Chisholm added: “We’re pleased to get the win, but massive credit to Scotland, they came at us and gave it a real go.
“They’ve got some talented players in their side and caused us problems. We didn’t really get going in the second half, so we’ll look to address that next week.”
Scorers, England: Rory Jennings (3 pens, 1 con); James Mitchell (try), Paul Hill (try), James Chisholm (try).
Scotland: George Horne (2 pens); Ben Robbins (try)
England: 15 Aaron Morris (Saracens); 14 George Perkins (Saracens); 13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins); 12 Nick Tompkins (Saracens); 11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints); 10 Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby); 9 James Mitchell (Sale Sharks); 1 Seb Adeniran-Olule (Harlequins); 2 Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie); 3 Paul Hill (Yorkshire Carnegie); 4 Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins); 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath, captain); 6 Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs); 7 Will Owen (Leicester Tigers); 8 James Chisholm (Harlequins).
Replacements: 16 Jack Innard (Exeter Chiefs) for Walker 53; 17 Owen Hills (Leicester Tigers) for Adeniran-Olule 65; 18 Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks) for Hill 68; 19 Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby) for Treadwell 68; 20 Charlie Beckett (Leicester Tigers) for Skinner 53; 21 Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs) for Mitchell 65; 22 Tom Fowlie (London Irish) for Tompkins 56; 23 Piers O’Conor (Wasps Rugby) for Morris 53.
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