Nine-try England beat Wales at U20s Summer Series

U20s Six Nations Summer Series: Wales v England

Wales (7) 24

Tries: Isaac, M Davies, C Davies, Wakely Cons: Metcalfe 2

England (29) 55

Tries: Leat 2, Clarke 2, Swales, Hyett, David, Roberts, Langford Cons: Cromack 5

England made it two wins from two at the U20s Summer Series as Wales once again suffered a heavy defeat in Parma.

The Red Roses ran in nine tries in an entertaining encounter at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, with the evening temperature a little kinder having soared to over 30 degrees earlier in the day.

England will now look to make it a clean sweep when they take on France in the final round on Sunday, while Wales take on hosts Italy.

Liza Burgess’ Wales side were looking to bounce back from their 57-12 defeat to France and started brightly by taking an early lead.

It came after some strong carrying from the forwards, Lucy Isaac crashing over from a quickly-taken penalty to bag her second of the tournament.

England hit straight back from a five metre driving lineout, their pack bulldozing Kira Leat over the whitewash.

They took the lead soon after with Evelyn Clarke scoring her first of the evening after a meandering run off her wing.

Clarke had a perfectly weighted cross-field kick from Ella Cromack to thank for her second, while the bonus-point was wrapped up just after the half hour mark.

Millie David launched a counter-attack from deep inside Welsh territory before offloading to Niamh Swales who as a hooker showed superb speed and footwork to beat the covering defence.

England were in again before the break, a long pass from Cromack releasing Katie Shillake who was able to get an offload away to Millie Hyett.

It was more of the same after the break, England taking advantage of Welsh indiscipline to score off another driving lineout, Leat over again from short-range.

Wales fly-half Hanna Marshall then almost scored the try of the tournament, a show and go set her on her way as she stepped several defenders only to be bundled into touch a metre short of the line.

Wales did get their just rewards, they stole England’s lineout ball with Maisy Davies powering over under the posts.

Davies continued to lead the forward charge with her fellow prop Cadi Lois Davies touching down after a series of pick and goes.

But any hopes of a sensational Welsh comeback were dashed when Cromack picked out Millie David with another perfectly executed kick.

Wales to their credit kept asking questions and a driving lineout saw hooker Molly Wakely regather the ball before peeling off to complete a hat-trick of tries for the Welsh front row.

England regathered their composure in the final 10 minutes with Ellie Roberts adding her name to the scoreboard, while quick ball out to Sophie Langford completed the evening's scoring.

Cromack added the conversion to round off her player of the match performance.


Wales: Nel Metcalfe; Kim Thurlow, Ellie Tromans, Molly Anderson-Thomas, Amy Williams; Hanna Marshall, Katie Bevans; Maisie Davies, Molly Wakely, Cadi Lois Davies, Robyn Davies, Milly Summer, Catrin Stewart, Lucy Isaac, Jess Rogers (co-capt)

Replacements: Mollie Crabb, Chloe Thomas Bradley, Lowri Williams, Alaw Pyrs, Lily Terry, Seren Singleton, Jenna De Vera (co-capt), Hannah Lane.

England: Sam Shiels; Evelyn Clarke, Sophie Langford, Millie Hyett, Millie David; Ella Cromack, Alex Wilkinson; Amelia Williams, Niamh Swailes, Kira Leat, Tyla Shirley, Jorja Battishill, Anna Richardson, Ellie Roberts, Steph Else (capt)

Replacements: Amelia Hyndman, Abby Middlebrooke, Chloe Flanagan, Lucy Calladine, Joia Bennett, Tori Sellors, Katie Shillake, Lia Green.