Sale Sharks’ Cameron Redpath and Gloucester Rugby’s Aaron Hinkley both scored debut tries as England beat Wales 37-12 in Newcastle in the Under-20 Six Nations.
England led by 13 points at the break thanks to tries from Leicester Tigers’ Ben White and debutant Redpath, as well as eight points from the boot of Northampton Saints James Grayson.
Three more tries followed in the second half, courtesy of Harlequins’ Gabriel Ibitoye, Tigers’ Jordan Olowofela and Hinkley on debut, to hand England their second bonus-point win.
It was Wales who struck first through scrum-half Harri Morgan. After sustained pressure, Morgan fumbled the ball backwards before surging over. Fly-half Cai Evans missed the extras.
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Grayson reduced the deficit to just two points moments later, after England were rewarded a scrum penalty 30 metres out.
And on the 20 minute mark, his half-back partner White registered England’s first try of the game, almost identical to his Welsh counterpart’s score.
England broke down the left through substitute Matt Williams but he was brought down short of the line. The ball was recycled quickly for White to capitalise.
The Northampton Saints fly-half was on target with his second penalty of the match though, stretching England’s lead to six points, before Redpath registered England’s second try.
It came after a neat backline move which saw Ibitoye – who was a late injury replacement for Ben Loader – slice through the Welsh defence before offloading to Redpath.
England’s momentum continued into the second half as Ibitoye broke from the half-way line shortly after the whistle, beating four Welsh defenders to canter over for England’s third.
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And the bonus-point score came moments later, courtesy of Olowofela, after neat passing from the back division saw the wing put in space, he sprinted unopposed to the line.
Rio Dyer scored a consolation try for Wales with six minutes left on the clock as he rose highest to collect a cross field kick from centre Callum Carson.
But victory was secured with a debut try in the final moments from Aaron Hinkley.