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England U20s Smash France 59-17 - 2017 Six Nations

February 4 2017

England Under 20 got their 2017 Six Nations off to a fine start with a bonus-point 59-17 victory over France, scoring nine tries.   The U20s led 31-3 at half-time after a blistering opening 40 minutes in which they scored five tries through Joe Cokanasiga, Ben Earl, Will Butler, Tom Curry and Max Malins - who also kicked three conversions.

France took an early lead but struggled to cope with England’s power, pace and intensity at Exeter’s Sandy Park.

The sides traded tries in the second period through Selevasio Tolofua and Max Wright while Baptiste Pesenti crossed with 10 minutes remaining.

However, Malins continued his fine afternoon, converting his late try while Sam Aspland-Robinson flew over down the left wing and Tom Parton also crossed as England had the final say.

After wing Cokanasiga went over in the corner it was captain Earl who crashed over under the posts to score a well-deserved try after a solid performance in the opening 40 minutes.

Butler later seared through France’s midfield while Curry went over in the corner after quick hands released England’s flanker for their bonus-point try.

At the breakdown Curry and Earl were a constant menace in the first-half while Nick Isiekwe and Zach Mercer carried well for England with Malins pulling the strings at outside-half.

Malins rounded off the half in style, spotting a gap and sniping through the French defence from near half-way.  Malins then produced another moment of magic breaking through a tackle after an arcing run before releasing Wright on the left wing to dive over in the corner.

France to their credit kept on battling and crossed twice in the second period with Tolofua and Pesenti both stretching over from close range.

Malins then struck again, beating several tackles to score his second of the game before Aspland-Robinson flew down the left wing to cross the whitewash. Parton also finished off another sharp England break to dot down.

Man-of-the-match Malins finished the game with a personal haul of 24 pointsa s England take on Wales next week.

"We wanted to play quickly and with lots of tempo," sad Malins. "We  knew they would tire out so we ran them ragged and got the benefits from it.

"I was pleased with how I played but I’ve got to thank my forward line for that. I was helped out a lot by my team mates."

England U20 coach Louis Deacon described the performance as "outstanding" but said their attention would quickly turn to next week's game against Wales.

 ” I thought the lads were outstanding today, especially in the first half," he said.  "They worked hard for each other and as a new group of coaches it’s great to see that desire and intensity, especially when there was an element of the unknown for our first game involved in the set-up.

“I think we got the balance right with our selection against a French side who we knew were going to be physical up front. We’ll enjoy the win but are very aware that there is plenty for us to work on and we will now focus our attention on Wales next week.”

  • England: Tries - Cokanasiga, Earl, Butler, Curry, Malins 2, Wright, Aspland-Robinson, Parton. Cons - Malins 7
  • France: Tries - Tolofua, Pesenti. Cons  - Darmon 2. Pens - Darmon


England U20: 15. Tom Parton (London Irish), 14. Joe Cokanasiga (London Irish), 13. Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie), 12. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 11. Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins), 10. Max Malins (Saracens), 9. Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby), 8. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), 7. Ben Earl (Saracens) captain, 6. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), 5. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), 4. Jack Nay (Saracens), 3. Joseph Morris (Worcester Warriors), 2. Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby), 1. Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby).

Replacements: 16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons), 17. Jake Pope (Sale Sharks), 18. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 19. Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors), 20. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), 21. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), 22. Jacob Umaga (Wasps), 23. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins).

France: Buros – Cros, Decron, Millet, Iraguha – (o) Darmon, (m) Retière – Tolofua, Ruaud, Roumat, Tolofua – Capelli, Verhaeghe (cap) – Chabeaudie, Dufour, Dumain

Remplaçants : Aouf, Fourcade, Boniface, Pesenti, Bendjaballah, Couilloud, Fuertes, Dachary


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