Mar 10, 2018
Earl stars in England U20 victory
Ben Earl was in fine form as England Under-20s recorded an impressive win over previously unbeaten France in the Six Nations.
England led 10-3 at the break through Cameron Redpath’s try, which Tom Hardwick converted, along with an earlier penalty after France had taken an initial lead through the boot of Romain Ntamack.
Saracens academy product Earl was instrumental in his captain’s role and created the platform for the visitors’ first-half score.
The young flanker broke through France’s midfield, gaining some serious yards before the ball was recycled out wide to Redpath who was on hand to go over in the corner.
Hardwick and Ntamack traded penalties but a further score from England's number 10 extended the lead to 16-6.
In the second period, Earl was sent to the sin bin for collapsing a maul but on his return, Hardwick was successful with two further kicks to seal victory for Steve Bates’ side.