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England U18 21 Scotland U18 26

England U18 fell to a disappointing 26-21 defeat at the hands of Scotland in the FIRA/AER European Championship match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds.

Head Coach John Fletchers side had led 21-13 at half time but a spirited display from the visitors in the second half left England shell-shocked and nursing just their second defeat in three years.

London Irish blindside flanker David Sisi opened the scoring for England after just three minutes, bursting through the Scottish defence with ease before touching down wide of the posts.

Harlequins No. 8 Jack Clifford added the home sides second with ten on the clock, rounding off a smart team move instigated by Northampton Saints scrum half Alex Day.

Scotland came back into the game when Sam Hidalgo Clyne scored a penalty and blood replacement Keith Buchan scored a try to bring the Scots to within four-points of John Fletchers side at 14-10.

Minutes later though and England reasserted their authority when Sale Sharks full back Mark Jennings, usually more accustomed to playing in the centre, spotted a gap in the opposition 22 and charged over the line to give England a 21-13 lead at the break after Hidalgo Clyne added another penalty for the Scots .

Northampton Saints fly half Will Hooley was in good form with the boot, adding all three conversions in the first half.

England captain Dom Barrow, playing on his home ground, was sin-binned ten minutes into the second half but Scotland failed to really make their man advantage pay, adding just three points in the ten minute spell despite being camped in the England half for the majority.

Ironically though, no sooner had Barrow re-entered the fray, Scotland replacement Tommy Allen intercepted a loose pass and ran 60 metres before diving over. The conversion was missed which kept the score at 21 apiece with eight minutes left on the clock.

With the game on a knife-edge, Hooley missed a tough penalty out wide before Scotland replacement Jamie Farndale broke through the England defence to touch down in the corner.

Speaking after the match, England Head Coach Fletcher said:

Were disappointed to lose the game. I thought we started quite brightly but we lost our way in the second half. We made a lot of errors and we need to make sure we eradicate them from our play.

Scotland came here and put us under a lot of pressure and took their opportunities, I thought they were worthy winners.

Im interested in seeing how the players respond. Every team in every sport has been beaten at one point or another and its how you bounce back from defeat that counts. Weve got a few weeks before we head over to France for the festival and Im confident well go out there and give a good account of ourselves.


Eng: Sisi 1T, Clifford 1T, Jennings 1T; Hooley 3C.

Sco: Buchan 1T, Farndale 1T, Buchan 1T; Hidalgo Clyne 1C 3P.

England U18 v Scotland:

15) Mark Jennings (Myerscough College) (Sale Sharks)

14) Jack Arnott (Ivybridge College) (Exeter Chiefs)

13) Sam Hill (Ivybridge College) (Exeter Chiefs)

12) Henry Slade (Plymouth College) (Exeter Chiefs)

11) Sam Jones (Plymouth College) (Exeter Chiefs)

10) Will Hooley (The Leys School) (Northampton Saints)

9) Alex Day (St Josephs College) (Northampton Saints)

1) Alec Hepburn (Henley College) (London Wasps)

2) Scott Spurling (Harrow School) (Saracens)

3) Kyle Sinckler (Epsom College) (Harlequins)

4) Tom Price (Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st) (Leicester Tigers)

5) Dom Barrow (C) (Prince Henrys Grammar School) (Leeds Carnegie)

6) David Sisi (St Pauls Catholic College) (London Irish)

7) Jack Clifford (RGS Guildford) (Harlequins)

8) Matt Hankin (Haileybury College) (Saracens)

Replacements: (all featured)

16) Nathan Morris (Sedbergh School) (London Wasps)

17) Tom Smallbone (Harrow School) (London Irish)

18) Danny Herriott (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints)

19) Tom Jubb (Oaklands College) (Saracens)

20) Joe Buckle (Bryanston) (Bath Rugby)

21) James Lightfoot-Brown (St Pauls Catholic College) (London Irish)

22) Marcus Webber (Manchester Grammar) (Leeds Carnegie)

23) Tom Stephenson (Moulton College) (Northampton Saints)

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