Jun 16, 2015
Tompkins seals England U20s win
Saracens centre Nick Tompkins crossed for a try as England U20s beat England delivered a mature, determined performance to beat South Africa 28-20 in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship semi-final, setting up a decider against New Zealand.
In a gutsy performance, Jon Callard's charges saw off an impressive Baby Boks outfit on the back of a cohesive, courageous forward effort that encompassed two pushover tries from dominant scrums.
A third came via an opportunistic Nick Tompkins finish after Saracens teammate George Perkins' break, opening up a 28-6 advantage with just 10 minutes remaining.
[caption id="attachment_41448" align="alignnone" width="560"] Perkins' (pictured) break set-up Nick Tompkins for England's thrid try[/caption]
Saracens full-back Aaron Morris was a constant source of composure in the England No15 shirt in what was a brutal game between last year’s Junior World Championship finalists.
Bath Rugby fly half Rory Jennings also kicked 13 points, and though South Africa scored twice late on through Malcolm Jaer and Daniel Du Plessis, England were good value for the result.
Morris and Tompkins are now chasing their second U20s World title, with Sarries flyer George Perkins set to play his first World Rugby U20s final.
This is England’s third successive U20s final, after a side that included Saracens duo of Matt Hankin and Scott Spurling won the competition in 2013, and a side captained by Saracens lock Maro Itoje and included Sarries teammates Biyi Alo, Nathan Earle, Aaron Morris, Henry Taylor, Nick Tompkins and Hayden Thompson-Stringer lifted the trophy in New Zealand last year.