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Saxons edge Wolfhounds

25th January 2013 22:15

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George Ford Eng U20 2012

Three penalties: George Ford

England Saxons overturned a 10-point half-time deficit to run out 14-10 winners over the Ireland Wolfhounds in Galway on Friday.

A try for Leinster's Kevin McLaughlin from close range and a conversion for Paddy Jackson inside the opening 10 minutes gave the hosts a 10-0 half-time lead.

But the Saxons fought back in the second period and and scraped to victory thanks to a try from Saracens flanker Will Fraser and nine points from the boot of George Ford.

Ford and man-of-the-match Graham Kitchener sparked the break that eventually led to Fraser's score after Ford's 50th-minute penalty got the Saxons off the mark.

The win was sealed by a late penalty from Ford, who used the breeze at his back to find the mark from near halfway.

The scorers:

For Ireland Wolfhounds:
Try: McLaughlin
Con: Jackson
Pen: Jackson

For Saxons:
Try: Fraser
Pens: Ford 3

Ireland Wolfhounds:15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 David McSharry, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Lewis Stevenson, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Mike Sherry, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Damien Varley, 17 Tom Court, 18 Declan Fitzpatrick, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Ian Keatley

England Saxons: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 George Ford, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jordan Crane (capt), 7 Will Fraser, 6 George Kruis, 5 George Robson, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 George Lowe, 23 Kyle Eastmond.

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