Jun 21, 2015
Saracens trio beaten in U20 final
Aaron Morris, Nick Tompkins and George Perkins were part of the England U20 side that beaten 21-16 in the World Rugby U20 Championship final by New Zealand at Cremona Stadium on Saturday.
The Saracens academy trio who have been ever-presents in England U20s impressive World Rugby U20 Champions campaign this summer, tasted defeat in a tight and closely fought final.
Despite a strong start and an early score by centre Max Clark, England found themselves 11-10 down at half-time as penalties proved costly and New Zealand began to gain momentum.
The Baby Blacks extended their lead early in the second half when No. 8 Akira Ioane drove over the line. England responded with six crucial points from the boot of Rory Jennings as they continued to pressure the New Zealand defence but, with decisions not going their way, it became a race against the clock.
England U20 Head Coach Jon Callard said: “I am honoured and privileged to be in a position to be talking about such fine young men. They have been a great advert for the game and great ambassadors for their clubs and country. I can’t speak highly enough of them and I know that a lot of them will go on to further honours.
“We were the smallest of margins away from finding the solution there, if it had gone on for another ten minutes we may have snuck it but we couldn’t quite adapt and deliver that one play in the crucial moment that would have made the difference and we will learn from that moving forward.
“We are hugely disappointed with the result of this match but massively pleased with the way the lads have dug in and played some great rugby during the tournament. There is real talent in this group and I’m sure they will be pushing hard for places in the senior side in years to come.
“New Zealand defended well and were aggressive in the tackle. In the end they got the upper hand in the breakdown, they managed to slow us down and prevent quick attack.”