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England U20 got their 6 Nations campaign off to the perfect start tonight, securing an impressive 20-26 victory against Wales at the Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli. Rob Hunterís men looked strong throughout and the win ensured double celebration for Englandís teams this weekend, with the seniors triumphing in Cardiff on Friday night.

Things didnít start so well for the England, after a scrappy opening ten minutes the away side found themselves 7-0 down courtesy of a converted Edward Higgardy try after a quick break away from the pacy Wales No. 10 Matthew Morgan.

Minutes later England made it one try apiece. A quick passing move between the backs opened things up for London Wasps centre Elliot Daly who drew the defender in before offloading to Northampton Saints wing Jamie Elliott who dived over in the corner. Leciester Tigers fly half George Ford was unable to convert from a difficult angle.

Wales extended their lead through the boot of Morgan on 23 minute, making the score 10-5. This appeared to spark England into life as Mako Vunipola came close to burrowing over before the second try eventually came from Worcesterís Matt Kvesic, converting after a strong burst forward from Ford, who added the conversion.

England maintained their pressure and scored again soon after, courtesy of captain Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons) who dashed through the posts, Ford added two more with the boot to make the score 10-19.

Moments later England got their fourth try, the impressive Kvesic jumped and caught an England restart before showing a quick turn off pace to score a try Wales really should have prevented.

A late penalty for Wales brought them back to within 13 points at half time with the score 13-26.

The second half was a somewhat different affair, Englandís flowing, expansive rugby deserted them as they were pushed onto the back foot for the majority of the half. With ten minutes left to play Wales pressed hard and were almost rewarded after a strong drive from the forwards, the ball did cross the line but was deemed not to have been touched down by the TMO.

With England camped in their own 22, they then had to cope with the sin-binning of Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas by Irish referee Dudley Phillips. Wales soon capitalised on their man advantage, carving out space for No. 8 Ben Thomas who scored to bring the home side to within a converted try of the lead at 20-26 with ten to play.

Wales, roared on by local support, continued to push but Englandís defence stood firm and held out for the win.

Attendance: 2,989

England starting XV:

15) Ben Ransom (Saracens)

14) Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)

13) Elliot Daly (London Wasps)

12) Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)

11) Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)

10) George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

9) Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)

1) Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby)

2) Mike Haywood (Northampton Saints)

3) Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)

4) Kieran Low (London Irish)

5) Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)

6) Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)

7) Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers)

8) Alex Gray (C) (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements:

16) Rob Buchanan (Harlequins) on for Mike Haywood 54 mins

17) Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers) on for Mako Vunipola 54 mins

18) Addison Lockley (Exeter Chiefs)

19) Ollie Stedman (Leeds Carnegie) on for Matt Everard 62 mins

20) Chris Cook (Bristol Rugby)

21) Guy Armitage (London Irish) on for Elliot Daly 75 mins

22) Christian Wade (London Wasps) on for Andy Short 54 mins

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