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Costelow on the mark in Wales U18 win

Sam Costelow with James Whitcombe (l) and George Martin (r) after the U18s game between Wales and England
Sam Costelow with James Whitcombe (l) and George Martin (r) after the U18s game between Wales and England

Sam Costelow produced an eye-catching performance as Wales Under-18s beat England in the second round of fixtures in the International Series in South Africa.

Leicester Tigers academy fly-half Costelow scored a try and landed three conversions in Wales’s 26-20 Wales in Stellenberg.

Costelow started for Wales while his Tigers teammates James Whitcombe and George Martin were on the bench for England.

And Costelow helped get the ball rolling with a pass that put hooker Cameron Lewis over from close range for the opening try after 15 minutes. Costelow converted.

He then burst through a gap 30m out, stepped past full-back Will Haydon-Wood to score under the posts. Costelow converted his own try to extend the Wales lead to 14-0.

Osian Knott put Wales 19-3 ahead with their third try before George Barton cut the deficit with a converted try for England.

England trailed 19-13 when, early in the second half, Costelow produced a try-saving tackle on his Tigers teammate George Martin in the shadow of the posts.

It proved a key moment as Wales went to the opposite end to through Teddy Williams for a try converted by Costelow.

Harvey Beaton scored next to the posts to bring England back to within six points but Wales held on for their first win in the series.