Jun 13, 2017
England U20's through to World Rugby U20's Championship Final
After Ralph Adams-Hale pulled up with a late injury, fly-half Max Malins and flanker Ben Earl were the Saracens players representing the national side as England U20’s beat the Junior Springboks in the first of two semi-finals in the World Rugby U20’s Championship.
Following an impressive opening try from captain Zach Mercer, Malins produced a stunning piece of play to put his fellow half-back Alex Mitchell in for England’s second.
Having played in every match of the men in white’s title defence so far, the number 10 extended the lead to 10 points through a penalty kick, before a South African score with the last play of the half cut England’s advantage, leaving the score after 40 minutes at 17-12.
Further pressure came from the Junior Springboks during the third quarter, as they took the lead for the first time in the game, and England’s hopes of making another U20’s World Championship Final looked under threat.
However, a moment of magic from captain Mercer saw him battle through the Springbok defensive line to dot down under the posts, leaving an easy kick for Saracens’ Malins to hand England a 2-point advantage with 3 minutes to play.
The final score was 24-22, and England now look ahead to Sunday’s final, where they will play the winner of New Zealand U20 v France U20 at Tblisi’s Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, with kick off at 15H00 UK time, and team news to come later this week.