Europe was in an icy grip on Friday when the Under-20 Six Nations were scheduled to start on Friday night. Two of the matches were played, one postponed.
The match at Stade Pierre-Rajon in Bourgoin was postponed because the ground was frozen but the other two were played. England had a huge win, Ireland a narrow one.
Under-20 Results, Round 1
England vs Scotland, 59-3
Ireland vs Wales, 11-6
France vs Italy, postponed.
Scotland vs England
At Firhill, England were far too strong for the Scots, though, strangely, it was the Scots who scored first when flyhalf Harry Leonardas goaled a penalty. But after that the game belonged entirely to England who led 31-3 at half-time. In that first half Marland Yarde scored a hat-trick of tries. Jack Clifford scored the first of his two tries in the first half and the Scots conceded a penalty try. Five tries in the first half.
Seventeen year old Anthony Watson came on as a substitute and scored the first of four second-half tries. Charlie Walker scored two and Clifford his second.
England's star captain George Ford said after the match: “It’s great to kick our Six Nations off with a win here in Scotland. It was a real team performance tonight and everyone played their part and the hard work paid off but there’s still a long way to go.”
Tries: Yarde 3, Clifford 2, penalty try, Watson, Walker 2.
Cons: Ford 6
Scotland: 15 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 14 Jamie Farndale, 13 Michael Crawley, 12 Tomasso Allan, 11 Tom Steven, 10 Harry Leonard, 9 Scott Steele, 8 Jamie Swanson, 7 Will Bordill, 6 Mitch Eadie, 5 Adam Sinclair, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Alex Allan, 2 Fergus Scott, 1 Robin Hislop (captain)
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Andrew Redmayne, 19 Callum Reid, 20 Struan Cessford, 21 Murray McConnell, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Jack Bradford
England: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Charlie Walker, 10 George Ford (captain), 9 Dan Robson, 8 Jack Clifford, 7 Chris Walker, 6 Matt Kvesic, 5 George Merrick, 4 Tom Price, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Luke Cowan-Dickie
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Ross Harrison, 19 Elliot Stooke, 20 Will Skuse, 21 Alex Day, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Anthony Watson
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: John Carvill (Ireland), Kevin Beggs (Wales)
Assessor: Gordon McMurray (Scotland)
Ireland vs Wales
It was close at Dubarry Park in Athlone as Ireland dropped Wales to defeat.
Wales scored first, Ireland got a try and then Wales took back the lead early in the second half but two dropped goals were enough to give the hosts the victory.
After captain Paddy Jackson had missed with two penalty attempts, flyhalf Sam Davies opened the scoring with a drop and, after a great break by JJ Hanrahan, fullback Shane Layden scored the try that counted in the end.
In the second half Wales had the wind at their backs and Lewis Williams kicked a penalty goal before drop goals in the last 10 minutes by Paddy Jackson and substitute scrumhalf Luke McGrath won the match.
Drops: Jackson, McGrath
Ireland: 15 Shane Layden, 14 Barry Daly, 13 Foster Horan, 12 JJ Hanrahan, 11 Sam Coghlan Murray, 10 Paddy Jackson (captain), 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Aaron Conneely, 6 Conor Gilsenan, 5 Daniel Qualter, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Peter Reilly, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Kyle McCall
Replacements: 16 Des Merrey, 17 James Rael, 18 Jake Cawley, 19 Tadgh Beirne, 20 Jordan Coghlan, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Christopher Farrell
Wales: 15 Ross Jones, 14 Iolo Evans, 13 Nathan Edwards, 12 Cory Allen, 11 Luke Morgan, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Reuben Thomas, 7 Daniel Thomas, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 WillGriff John, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rob Evans
Replaceemnts: 16 Jamie Sollis, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Dan Crimmins, 20 Ieuan Jones, 21 Joshua Davies, 22 Lewis Williams, 23 Luke Williams
Referee: James Matthew (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Rob Dickson (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)
Television match official: Jim Yuille (Scotland)
France vs Italy
France: 15 Julien Farnoux, 14 Yohann Artru, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Fabrice Catala, 11 Jean-Yves Zebango, 10 Clément Otazo, 9 Tom Ecochard (captain), 8 Karl Chateau, 7 Julien Kazubek, 6 Kelian Galletier, 5 Paul Jedrasiak, 4 Bastien Chalureau, 3 Florian Fresia, 2 Raphaël Carbou, 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Pascal Cotet, 18 Jean-Baptiste Custoja, 19 Andrew Chauveau, 20 Johan Aliouat, 21 Eric Escande, 22 Ilian Perraux, 23 Darly Domvo.
Italy: 15 David Odiete, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Andrea Bettin, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Riccardo Della Rossa, 9 Guido Calabrese, 8 Alessio Zdrilich, 7 Federico Conforti, 6 Ruben Riccioli, 5 Matteo Ferro, 4 Alfio Luca Mammana, 3 Antonio Brandolini, 2 Giovanni Maistri (captain), 1 Sami Drissi.
Replacements: 16 Pietro Ceccarelli, 17 Luca Scarsini, 18 Luca Conti, 19 Cesare Berton, 20 Andrea De Marchi, 21 Vittorio Marazzi, 22 Edoardo Padovani, 23 John Apperley, 24 Alex Morsellino.
Referee: Ian Tempest (England)
Assistant referees: Robin Goodlife (England), Ashley Rowden
Television match official: Brian Campsall (England)
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