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Mixed results for the Tigers at World U20s

Tigers forward Sam Lewis (right) looks on as Italy's Matteo Canali claims lineout ball
Tigers forward Sam Lewis (right) looks on as Italy's Matteo Canali claims lineout ball

There were mixed results for the Leicester Tigers players at the World Rugby Under 20s Championship on matchday two of the tournament.

England, with Tigers forwards Joe Heyes and Sam Lewis in the starting pack, beat Italy 43-5 in Perpignan to secure a second successive bonus-point victory.

That game is against Scotland, who gave a start to Tigers prop Sam Grahamslaw, in their second game of the tournament against Argentina in Perpignan.

However, Scotland went down 29-13 to the Pumitas, despite Callum McLelland’s try, their second defeat in as many games. Scroll down to watch highlights from the game. Scotland lie bottom of Pool B with pride to play for against England.

Wales, who were captained by Tigers back-rower Tommy Reffell, lost 42-10 to defending champions New Zealand in Beziers.

No8 Taine Bashma scored Wales’ only try, but they were unable to stop the Baby Blacks taking control of the pool with five tries and 17 points from the boot of fly-half Harry Plummer. Watch highlights of the game below.

The result leaves Wales third in Pool A with their final group-stage fixture against bottom side Japan to come.

England, who had Tigers backs Ben White, Tom Hardwick and Jordan Olowofela on the bench, secured the try bonus point before half-time. They led 26-5 at the break with tries from Marcus Smith, Tom Parton and two for Ben Loader.

England extended their lead with second-half scores from Smith, Gabriel Ibitoye and Rory Brand but the game ended with Tigers lock Lewis red-carded for a high tackle. Scroll below to watch highlights of the game.

England and Scotland play each other in Beziers on Thursday (8.00pm BST) while Wales end their Pool A fixtures against Japan in Perpignan (5.30pm BST).