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Better weekend for Tigers' Under-20s caps

Sam Costelow was on the mark with two conversions in an important win for the Welsh
Sam Costelow was on the mark with two conversions in an important win for the Welsh

Sam Costelow scored his first points for Wales Under-20s as they beat Italy on Sunday.

Capped at Under-18 level last season, the Leicester Tigers academy fly-half came off the bench to convert the final two tries in a 42-12 victory at the Stadio Danilo Martelli in Mantua as Wales recovered from defeat by France in Round 1 of this season’s Under-20s Six Nations.

England also bounced back from a disappointing opening weekend as Tigers duo Tom Hardwick and Joe Heyes both came off the bench in a 31-19 victory over defending champions France on Saturday.

England scored five tries on their way to victory in front of a near-9,000 crowd at Sandy Park, Exeter.

The hosts led 24-12 at half-time with tries from Ollie Sleightholme, Tom Willis, Olly Adkins and a penalty try. A second-half penalty try extended the lead to 19 points before France scored late on. They thought they had secured both a try scoring and a losing bonus point when they crossed the line in the final play of the match but it was ruled out for an obstruction and the game finished 31-19 in England's favour.

Tigers prop Sam Grahamslaw started a second successive game for Scotland as they were beaten 24-5 by Ireland.

England are away to Wales in Round 3 on Friday, February 22 in a game which will be shown live on S4C, while France host Scotland.