Jun 05, 2017
Magic Malins stars in England U20's victory
After an impressive 74-17 win over Samoa earlier in the week, the England U20 side faced arch rivals Wales in their second game of the World Rugby U20’s Championship in Georgia.
The side was captained by Max Malins, who was named at fly half, accompanied by some familiar faces, with fellow Saracens Ralph Adams-Hale, Jack Nay, and Ben Earl starting in the pack.
Following a strong start from a Welsh team looking to avenge their opening defeat against Australia, England managed to find their rhythm and exert some pressure of their own. Openside flanker Ben Earl broke the gainline and managed to get the offload away, leading to England’s first score of the game, which was converted by Malins.
The young 10 was instrumental in England’s second try, delivering a spectacular pass out to Ibitoye on the wing, and he then followed up with another successful kick at the posts. Malins’ metronomic boot continued to deliver throughout the game, converting all his side’s tries, slotting a drop goal and only missing a single penalty kick.
At the end of the 80 minutes, another fine team performance featuring notable contributions from all across the squad saw England achieve their second bonus point win of the tournament, with the final score reading 34-22 at Tblisi’s Avchala Stadium.