England u/18 (24) Defeat France u/18 (8)

 

The U18s led 19-3 at the break through tries from Will Porter, Will Capon and Cadan Murley along with two Kieran Wilkinson conversions in a clinical first half of rugby by John Fletcher’s side. England dominated the first 25 minutes of the first half with their physicality and direct play. 

France lost their Eightman and Captain Adrien Vigne and Flyhalf Louis Carbonel in the first ten minutes of the first half that disrupted them a lot but they regrouped and started to dominate in the last ten minutes of the first half.

The English opened the scoring with scrum-half Porter spotting a gap before jinking his way through for the first try of the game. Louis Carbonel sent over a penalty with England punished for offside to reduce the deficit, before Capon bundled over off the back of a maul after a line-out was driven to France’s try line.

Murley then flew over in the corner after the three-quarters had created an overlap for the Harlequin back to cross before half-time. England leading 19-3 at the break.

Lebel then went over shortly after the restart to get France back in the game and reduce the deficit to 11 points. France dominating proceeding the second half with England's defence on their goal line some may describe as questionable. England had Beck Cutting sent to the sin bin in the 59th minute before a period of brave defence kept France at bay and with three minutes remaining, Murley went over to give England an unassailable 24-8 lead.

"It's a great way to start the tour and always nice to get a win and try and we look forward to the next challenge against Wales," said Capon.

Murley added: "I thought the guys came together really well, France is always a physical test and it's great to start the tour with a victory."

Scorers:

England - Tries:  Porter, Capon, Murley (2) Conversions: Wilkinson

France - Try: Lebel Penalty: Carbonel