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Perkins pushing, as Coopers raise hopes

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 February 2015

Former Coopers pupil George Perkins opened the scoring as England under-20s eased past Italy (pic: Adam Nurkiewicz/The RFU Collection)

Former Coopers pupil George Perkins opened the scoring as England under-20s eased past Italy (pic: Adam Nurkiewicz/The RFU Collection)

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Former pupil in England under-20 action

Former Coopers pupil George Perkins shows off his England under-20 cap (pic: RFU)Former Coopers pupil George Perkins shows off his England under-20 cap (pic: RFU)

Former Coopers Coborn pupil George Perkins is looking for England under-20s to bounce back against Italy tonight (Friday).

The Saracens youngster was in the side beaten 21-15 by Wales in their Six Nations opener a week ago and has kept his place in the line-up for this evening’s clash at Plymouth.

He said: “The mood is pretty good considering the loss last weekend. We’re disappointed, but we’ve got four more games to put it right.

“We’re looking forward to playing Italy. It should be a good game.”

England led 12-6 in Colwyn Bay, before the Welsh hit back with 15 unanswered points.

And the home side held firm to restrict Perkins and his team-mates to a solitary penalty in the second half.

Perkins added: “It was frustrating. We got off to a bad start having someone in the bin straight away and our discipline killed us. It wasn’t a brilliant game in that sense.

“We played some good rugby at times, but credit to Wales, their defence was very good and they capitalised on their opportunities from our ill discipline.

“I didn’t have a lot to do. We didn’t have a lot of ball in hand, but I thought I did well.”

Perkins signed a two-year deal with the Saracens Academy last season and has been making good progress with the north London club.

But he has links with Old Cooperians, adding: “I’ve had a lot of good game time at Saracens this year. We won the A league and I’ve had two starts in the LV Cup, against Ospreys and London Welsh.

“We won both games and it’s been good to get exposed to that type of rugby in front of a big crowd. There were some big names in the London Welsh side.

“The biggest thing is being exposed to those types of players.

“My brother James plays for Old Cooperians and I still keep in touch with Joe Bilton and Andy Dennis.”

n Old Cooperians climbed off the bottom of the London Two North East table with a 29-14 win over Enfield Ignatians.

The visitors opened the scoring with a try in the corner, which was converted, but Coopers hit back when Harry Fayers used his speed and strength to go under the posts.

Andy Dennis converted to level the scores and Tom Wheatley crashed over after the restart.

But Enfield rallied for a second try on the counter-attack and the conversion put them 14-12 up.

Dennis slotted a penalty from 30 metres to edge Coopers in front, before Ray Flowers was yellow-carded.

And good work from the forward five set up Fayers for his second converted try which opened up an eight-point gap.

Coopers secured a bonus point when Anthony Bottone broke from his own half to score their fourth try and they will look to build on the success when they welcome Saffron Walden to St Mary’s Lane tomorrow (Saturday) for a 12pm kick-off.


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