Report | England U20 41-36 Scotland U20
Scotland came agonisingly close to a first ever away win against England at Under-20 level, eventually losing 41-36 in a pulsating encounter that never took a breath. The young Scots should be massively proud of their efforts, at one stage scoring 26 unanswered points to turn a 31-10 deficit into a slender lead.
The Friday Night Lights shone down on the Twickenham Stoop as the teams in white and navy ran out onto the pitch.
An early penalty for England in the first play of the game saw Monty Bradbury kick into the corner, bringing play five meters from Scotland’s try line. An English play out to the wing overpowered the navy defence and earned England their first try through Josh Hathaway.
A few minutes later, after some collective effort passing and nifty footwork, Scotland returned the favour and picked up their first try thanks to Harris McLeod. Richie Simpson used his magic boot to get the extras.
England fought back almost instantly, with another pass out to winger Josh Hathaway who was over the whitewash in the corner. Monty Bradbury added the extra two points.
A penalty awarded to Scotland allowed Richie Simpson to put his kicking skills to good use once again, bringing the visiting team up three points.
However, shortly after England’s Josh Hathaway was in the perfect position once again to run down the wing and score his hat-trick in the corner.
Scotland tried with all their might to defend against the oncoming men in white, but heavy pressure under the posts resulted in another try for the home team. This time the conversion was made by Sam Harris.
After a scrum on the five-metre line, England were able to take it quickly over the whitewash, resulting in a try for Finn Carnduff. Sam Harris was once again successful with the conversion.
A clever offload from Jonny Morris to Rudi Brown got the latter over the line and gave Scotland their second try, the seventh of the encounter in just over thirty minutes. Richie continued his kicking success, completing the seven points.
Right on half time, Simpson took the chance of a penalty kick and it paid dividends, bringing the Scots within eleven points of their hosts.
Half time: England U20 31-17 Scotland U20
A huge shift from Scotland started off the point scoring in the second half as co-captain Liam McConnell piled over the line from close range. Richie Simpson was the gift that just keeps on giving off the tee, slotting another conversion.
And Simpson was at it yet again, bringing Scotland to within one point of their opponents with a penalty kick.
Scotland piled on the pressure and looked for another try. Liam McConnell unfortunately knocked it on, but a penalty advantage saved the day. Simpson stepped up once more, bringing the men in navy out in front.
Another penalty was awarded to Scotland shortly after for a high tackle and Richie Simpson yet again added three more points.
After some excellent attack and defence on both sides, a chip kick out to Tobias Elliott on the right let England level the scores. The conversion was made to put them two points ahead.
There was almost another try in the bag for the hosts shortly after, but an incredible tackle from Will Robinson put the ball in touch.
However, England won another penalty in the 22 were able to put another three points on the board, concluding the scoring in an excellent contest in London.
Full time: England U20 41-36 Scotland U20
England: 15. Sam Harris 14. Tobias Elliott 13. Rekeiti Ma’asi-White 12. Joseph Woodward 11. Josh Hathaway 10. Monty Bradbury 9. Charlie Bracken 1. Archie McArthur 2. Finn Theobald-Thomas 3. Tim Hoyt 4. Danny Eite 5. Lewis Chessum (C) 6. Finn Carnduff 7. Greg Fisilau 8. Chandler Cunningham-South
Replacements: 16. Calum Scott 17. Asher Opoku-Fordjour 18. Afolabi Fasogbon 19. Robert Carmichael 20. Tristan Woodman 21. Nye Thomas 22. Louie Johnson 23. Toby Cousins
Scotland: 15. Dan King 14. William Robinson 13. Duncan Munn (CC) 12. Kerr Yule 11. Amena Caqusau 10. Richie Simpson 9. Ben Afshar 1. Max Surry 2. Corey Tait 3. Callum Norrie 4. Jake Parkinson 5. Harris McLeod 6. Liam McConnell (CC) 7. Rudi Brown 8. Jonny Morris
Replacements: 16. Jerry Blyth-Lafferty 17. Craig Davidson 18. Moby Ogunlaja 19. Eddie Erskine 20. Ruaraidh Hart 21. Sam Derrick 22. Finlay Burgess 23. Geordie Gywnn