England U20s claim victory in Scotland

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England captain Sam Maunder of the Exeter Chiefs looks to lead an attack for his side during their Six Nations Championship clash with Scotland in Edinburgh. Picture: www.jmpuk.com

By Mark Stevens

England Under-20s sealed a second successive victory in this season’s Six Nations Championship defeating Scotland at Myreside, Edinburgh.

Their 21-17 victory in Edinburgh followed last weekend’s bonus-point victory over double World Rugby U20 Champions France.

England - who included Exeter Chiefs trio Richard Capstick, Rus Tuima and Sam Maunder - led 14-10 at the break, scoring two converted tries through Theo Dan and Freddie Steward, with Scotland crossing via Ewan Ashman while Nathan Chamberlain kicked five points for his side.

Scotland were awarded a second-half penalty try, but Connor Doherty's try won the game for England.

Head coach Alan Dickens said: “We knew this would be a tough place to come and that proved the case but the players showed great character and composure to win the game.

"We probably didn’t have the majority of possession or territory so to come out on top is really pleasing and testament to their character.

“It was a short turnaround from our away game in France but the boys have been brilliant this week in the way they've recovered, analysed and prepared for this match and I think that showed in how we finished the game.

“Our discipline is an area we need to look at and we will want a step up in performance against Ireland who are the grand slam champions at U20s.

“But it’s two wins from two which is a great start and now the players get to play in front of home support at Franklin’s Gardens in two weeks’ time and I know they will enjoy that experience.”

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