England U20 beat Scotland Futures 66-19 at Kingston Park yesterday following the senior international, and despite a gutsy performance from the young Scots.
Photo: Connor McGoverne. Report: Scotland Rugby
England opened the scoring with as Amy Dale crashed over the line on the back of a strong driving maul [5-0].
It wasn’t long until England were back on the scoreboard, as a break from Maisy Allen saw the back-rower sprint down the pitch to score, with Lizzy Duffy adding the extras [12-0].
Scotland got their first opportunity on the 14th minute, when Evie Tonkin burst through the defence, evading numerous defenders, before dotting down over the whitewash [12-5].
The hosts immediately retaliated, as Niamh Orchard powered over from close range, with Duffy helping to extend the lead [19-5].
Scotland rallied on the 22nd minute, as a brilliant interception from Roma Fraser saw the full-back sprint 60m down the pitch to score, with Carla McDonald adding the extras [19-12].
England hit back with another solid driving maul, with Amy Dale grabbing her second try of the match, with Duffy slotting the conversion through the posts [26-12].
Buoyed by the scoreboard, England were back on the attack and were able to capitalise when Grace Clifford punctured over the line from short range [31-12].
Scotland’s fighting spirit was on display in the closing stages of the first-half, as Isabella Hannay cruised past the defence to score, with a successful conversion from McDonald [31-19].
HALF-TIME: England U20s 31-19 Scottish Futures
England strengthened their position in the game when Duffy slipped through the blue shirts to score, with the stand-off converting her own score [38-19].
There were some promising attacks from the young Scots, but the side were left rueing some missed opportunities when Maisy Allen intercepted a pass, before cantering down the pitch to score, with Duffy slotting through the tricky conversion [45-19].
The hosts kept the scoreboard ticking, as Niamh Williams crossed the line, with April Ashida soon joining her on the scoresheet. Duffy was successful with both conversions [59-19].
As the game approached the final whistle, Ashida was able to clinch a second try as she raced into the corner, with Duffy finding target with the conversion [66-19].
Scotland were on the move in the final moments of the game but were unable to break through the solid defence, as England claimed victory in Newcastle.
FULL-TIME: England U20s 66-19 Scottish Futures
England U20s: Leah Brough; Katie Buchanan, Nancy McGillivray, Phillipa Hendy, Francesca Goldthorp; Lizzie Duffy, Tori Sellors; Catherine Wells, Amy Dale, Grace Clifford, Lilli Ives Campion, Lola Whitley, Niamh Orchard, Maisy Allen, Gabriella Nigrelli.
Replacements: Niamh Swailes, Katherine Baverstock, Niahm Williams, Kendall Waudby, Nicole Wythe, Steph Else, Lucy Heryet , Lucy Weaver, Reneeqa Bonner, Sophie Langford, April Ishida
Scottish Futures: Roma Fraser; Cieron Bell, Holly McIntyre CAPTAIN, Rachel Philipps, Evie Tonkin; Carla McDonald, Rhea Clarke; Poppy Fletcher, Nikki Simpson, Molly Poolman, Emma Turner, Natasha Logan, Alex Stewart, Isabella Hannay, Freya Walker
Replacements: Siobhann McGinley, Katie Lindsay, Aimee Johnston, Eve Thomson, Samaanther Taganekurkuru, Rachel Law, Ceitidh Ainsworth, Ellie Henderson, Sky Phimister, Emma Campbell.