Scotland U20 3-59 England U20
England’s defence of their Six Nations title began with a huge 59-3 win over Scotland. Scotland opened the scoring through a penalty from Edinburgh’s Harry Leonard but it was all England from there. A hat trick of tries from London Irish winger Marland Yarde in the first half showed how dominant they were.
Fly-half and the current IRB Junior World Player of the Year, George Ford, was on top form converting seven of the nine tries scored as well as making his presence felt on the pitch with his impressive running game and creativity.
Harlequins’ Jack Clifford and Charlie Walker also added a pair of tries each to the scoreboard as England take the momentum forward to their match in Italy. Scotland will be hoping to come back from the defeat as they face the other team that lost on Friday night, Wales.
Ireland U20 11-6 Wales U20
In contrast to the senior side’s loss on Sunday, Ireland U20s beat their Welsh counterparts 11-6 in a hard fought battle on Friday night. The score could have flattered the home side more had Ulster’s Paddy Jackson not missed four kicks at goal but other than that he played well.
Man of the match, Connacht’s Shane Layden, scored the only try of the match, which was created by a break from centre JJ Hanrahan. A penalty from Lewis Williams and drop goal from Sam Davies kept Wales in the hunt for victory but Ireland got the win in the end through drop goals from Jackson and Luke McGrath.
Ireland’s next opponents are the highly tipped France, while Wales will want to get back to winning ways at home to Scotland.
France U20 v Italy U20
Sadly the match between France U20s and Italy U20s in Bourgoin was called off on Friday due to a frozen pitch. They hope to rearrange the fixture for another weekend.