Four-try England see off Wales

Date published: June 6 2015

England made it two wins from two at the U20 World Championship as they overcame Wales 30-16 with a bonus-point in Calvisano on Saturday.

That makes it ten points out of ten for the reigning champions, who will now recuperate before taking on France in what will be a pool decider.

England went in at the break 25-10 up after an impressive start in Calvisano. Fortunately for Wales, a 38th-minute score kept their hopes alive.

Rory Jennings had opened the scoring in the first minute as Wales infringed at the ruck and his points off the tee were an ideal start for England.

Wales responded and when full-back Aaron Morris deliberately slapped down the ball on a Welsh attack, ten minutes in the bin was his punishment.

The Welsh did not make the most of their numerical advantage though as it was England who scored next, inside centre Max Clark powering over on nine minutes. With Jennings' conversion, England were ten points to the good and looking highly likely to build on their Round One victory over Japan.

Dangerous wing Howard Packman, who was making his first start in this year's Championship, crossed on 17 minutes and when the lead was stretched to 22 points thanks to scrum-half Stuart Townsend's dart from five metres out, England were well on top in the evening game.

Hope came for Wales before the turnaround though as, against the run of play, a strip in contact from centre Owen Watkin helped reduce the margin.

Wales further cut the deficit thanks to Jarrod Evans' second penalty of the contest a minute into the second-half, with momentum vital for them.

After losing their first pool game against France, Wales desperately needed to launch a decent spell of possession and when Evans made it 25-16 on the hour mark, they were starting to get within touching distance of England, who had gone into their shell after that impressive first-half.

They ended that slumber in emphatic style in the 64th minute when number eight Sam Skinner powered over off the back of a good driving maul to push England into a 30-16 lead, with the back-row thinking he'd grabbed his second on 73 minutes only to be denied due to a forward pass.

England though had already wrapped up the win and move on to facing France on Wednesday in confident mood, looking to book top spot in the pool.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Clarke, Packman, Townsend, Skinner
Cons: Jennings 2
Pens: Jennings 2

For Wales:
Try: Watkin
Con: Evans
Pen: Evans 3

England: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 George Perkins, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Max Clark, 11 Howard Packman, 10 Rory Jennings, 9 Stuart Townsend, 8 Sam Skinner, 7 Will Owen, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 Charlie Ewels (c), 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Sebastian Adeniran-Olule.
Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 Will Witty, 20 Josh Bainbridge, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Lloyd Evans, 23 Piers O'Conor.

Wales: 15 Dafydd Howells, 14 Lloyd Lewis, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Harri Keddie, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 6 Tom Phillips, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Luke Garrett.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Keagan Bale, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Jon Fox, 20 Seb Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Barney Nightingale.