With France seemingly on their way to a Grand Slam as well as the u/20 Six Nations Championship, the weekend did not promise much excitement apart from some on-field action. However, England inflicted a first defeat on the previously free-scoring France in a top-of-the-table clash, while Ireland kept their title hopes alive by edging past Scotland and Italy claimed a long-awaited victory at Wales.
France u/20 6-22 England u/20
England led 10-3 at the breakthrough Cameron Redpath’s try, which Tom Hardwick converted, along with an earlier penalty after France had taken an initial lead through the boot of Romain Ntamack. Hardwick and Ntamack traded penalties but a further score from England's number 10 extended the lead to 16-6. In the final minutes, Hassane Kolingar and Pierre-Henry Azagoh were red carded for a dangerous tackle and two further Hardwick penalties sealed the victory.
England: Try: Redpath Conversion: Hardwick Penalties: Hardwick (5)
France: Penalties: Ntamack (2)
Ireland u/20 30-25 Scotland u/20
Noel McNamara's youngsters again showed they are one of the best-attacking sides in this year's Championship with a four-try bonus point haul, including a brace from man-of-the-match Jack O'Sullivan to add to his double last time out against Wales. Promising Ulster forwards Matthew Agnew and Matthew Dalton also crossed the whitewash, and although it was a mostly positive night as the Ireland Under-20s claimed their second win of the campaign, defensive issues cropped up again. Having led 18-6 at the interval, the hosts allowed Scotland to stay in contention with tries from Kyle Rowe and Martin Hughes, before a late effort from replacement prop Nathan McBeth gave the Scots a hard-earned losing bonus point.
Ireland: Tries: J O'Sullivan (2), M Agnew, M Dalton. Conversions: H Byrne (2). Penalties: H Byrne (2)
Scotland: Tries: K Rowe, K Rowe, N McBeth Conversions: R Thompson (2) Penalty: R Thompson.
Italy u/20 18-7 Wales u/20
Italy claimed their first-ever victory Under-20 Six Nations victory over Wales, thanks to tries from Michele Mancini Parri and Matteo Luccardi at Colwyn Bay. Not only was this the Italian's first win of this year's Championship, it ended a run of 20 consecutive defeats that stretched back to 2014. Mancini Parri opened the scoring for them after six minutes off the back of a driving maul before Antonio Rizzi's penalty extended the lead to 8-0 at half-time. Wales finally responded two minutes after the restart through Tommy Rogers' converted try, but Rizzi's penalty kept them at bay before Luccardi sealed the match with 14 minutes left through another pushover score.
Italy: Tries: Parri, M Luccardi. Conversion: A Rizza. Penaltoes: A Rizza (2)
Wales: Try: T Rogers. Conversion: C Evans
|u/20 Six Nations Table As At 11/03/2018|