(INPHO - James Crombie)
England sealed a 35-10 bonus-point win over Italy at Bedford's Goldington Road on Friday. Kieran Wilkinson and Josh Hodge played starring roles as England Under-20s bounced back from the heartbreak loss against Wales to record an impressive victory over Italy at Goldington Road.
England held a narrow two-point lead at the break with tries from Tom Seabrook and Kieran Wilkinson, as well as a conversion, while Italy crossed through Federico Mori and Michele Peruzzo. Second-half scores from Ollie Fox, Ollie Selightholme and 10 points from the boot of Josh Hodge secured the victory.
England u/20 head coach, Steven Bates said "I thought it was a really strong performance in difficult conditions, to come in at 12-10 at half time was a significant factor in the game, scoring those two tries gave us a good foundation in the second half.
"In the second half I thought we created pressure and played high up the field but we didn't finish as well as we'd like. The players have made huge progress and it will be really nice to see them show the extent of their progress next week against Scotland where we will be looking to build a bit more continuity in the game."
England: Tries: Seabrook, Wilkinson, Fox, Sleightholme Conversions: Wilkinson, Hodge (2) Penalties: Hodge 2, Vunipola
Italy: Tries: Mori, Peruzzo