Perkins try helps England to title
PUBLISHED: 09:15 21 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:20 21 March 2015
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U20 Six Nations: England 24 France 11
Former Coopers Coborn pupils George Perkins scored a try to help England beat France and clinch the RBS Under-20 Six Nations title at Brighton’s Amex Stadium last night.
In front of over 12,600 fans Joe Marchant and Perkins touched down, while Rory Jennings added 14 crucial points with the boot.
Head Coach Jon Callard said: “I’m extremely proud of all of the players and the management. It was a challenging game – France were extremely well drilled – but the players fronted up in the second half and ultimately deserved that win.
“We didn’t get going in the first 40, but we kept in the game and kicked on well. It’s great to win and to lift the trophy and it’s just reward for their efforts.
“We’re halfway through our season, with the Junior World Cup coming up in June, and we’re looking forward to heading out to Italy to defend the trophy. We have a talented group of players and a huge amount of credit must go to the clubs and the academies who put a lot of work into their guys.”
After an early long-range Aaron Morris penalty went wide, Jennings and France’s Thomas Ramos exchanged kicks to make it 6-6 after 30 minutes.
France were applying pressure and saw a try disallowed for a knock-on in the build-up, but they did get their first score on 32 minutes when number eight Fabien Sanconnie barged over.
Two quick-fire Jennings penalties put England 12-11 ahead early in the second period and they kicked on to take the game beyond France.
First Stuart Townsend charged down his own box kick, which Marchant gathered superbly before pirouetting on the try line to score.
And minutes later England made the game safe as a break from Jack Walker eventually fell to Sam Skinner and he showed excellent presence of mind to offload to Saracens youngster Perkins who dotted down.
Captain Charlie Ewels added: “It’s an unbelievable feeling to lift the trophy. Last year we missed out on it and that hurt, so to come here and put in a second-half performance like that was really pleasing.
“We knew that it would be a challenge and huge respect to France who were very good from minute one to 80. We had to address a few things at the break, but thankfully we did and came through to get the win.”
Man of the match James Chisholm added: “I’m so proud of all of the guys. It’s an awesome feeling to win this – we made it hard for ourselves, losing against Wales in that opening game, but we regrouped and came back really well.
“For me, as a local guy, to come here in front of an amazing crowd and to get the win is pretty special and will definitely live long in the memory.”
Scorers, England: Rory Jennings (4 pens, 1 con); Joe Marchant (try), George Perkins (try); France: Thomas Ramos (2 pens); Fabien Saconnie (try).
England: 15 Aaron Morris (Saracens), 14 George Perkins (Saracens), 13 Tom Fowlie (London Irish), 12 Joe Marchant (Harlequins), 11 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints), 10 Rory Jennings (Bath Rugby), 9 James Mitchell (Sale Sharks), 1 Sebastian Adeniran-Olule (Harlequins), 2 Jack Walker (Yorkshire Carnegie), 3 Paul Hill (Yorkshire Carnegie), 4 Kieran Treadwell (Harlequins), 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, captain), 6 Charlie Beckett (Leicester Tigers), 7 Will Owen (Leicester Tigers), 8 James Chisholm (Harlequins).
Replacements: 16 Jack Innard (Exeter Chiefs); 17 Owen Hills (Leicester Tigers) for Adeniran-Olule 19 mins; 18 Ciaran Parker (Sale Sharks); 19 Joe Batley (Gloucester Rugby) for Treadwell 72 mins; 20 Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) for Beckett 60 mins; 21 Stuart Townsend (Exeter Chiefs) for Mitchell 55 mins; 22 Tom Howe (Wasps Rugby); 23 Piers O’Conor (Wasps Rugby) for Morris 69 mins.
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