Perkins loses world final with England U20s

PUBLISHED: 21:21 20 June 2015 | UPDATED: 21:21 20 June 2015

Former Coopers pupil George Perkins is in action for England at the World Under-20 Championships (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Former Coopers pupil George Perkins is in action for England at the World Under-20 Championships (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Former Coopers Coborn student misses out on glory

George Perkins saw his hopes of helping England become World Rugby under-20 champions dashed as New Zealand won the final 21-16.

Former Coopwers Coborn pupil Perkins started the match for the Red Roses, who were looking to lift the trophy for a third-straight year.

Jon Callard’s men have never beaten the four-times champions in the final before, previously losing in 2008, 2009 and 2011

The Red Roses took the lead in the fourth minute when Max Clark burst onto a short pass from Rory Jennings 20 yards out, breaking through two tackles before racing to the line and dotting down; Jennings added the extras to put the team 7-0 up.

Otere Black and Jennings traded penalties, Vince Tavae-Aso scored New Zealand’s first try of the evening with a solo try in the 25th minute to make the score 10-8,

Another Black penalty just before the break to send the Baby Blacks into the break 11-10 in front.

Barely five minutes into the second half, New Zealand stretched their lead further when Akira Ioane bulldozed over from close range following a ruck with Black converting to move the team 18-10 ahead.

But Ioane was sent to the sin bin five minutes later for a dangerous tackle, with Jennings scoring the penalty to reduce the gap to five before adding a third penalty of the game in the 55th minute before another three points from Black, the score 21-16 heading into the final 20 minutes.

There were no more score and sadly for Perkins that was how the score finished, leaving him and his team mates devastated.

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