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Under-20s make it two wins out of two

Huw Evans Agency
Huw Evans Agency

Leicester Tigers scrum-half Jack Van Poortvliet led England to a second successive victory in the Under-20s Six Nations with a 31-12 triumph against Scotland on Friday afternoon.

Van Poortvliet was joined by club colleague Emeka Ilione in the England line-up and got the team off to a flying start with a try in the opening minutes at Cardiff Arms Park.

England led 19-5 at half-time after further scores from fly-half Fin Smith and wing Deago Baile.

A try from hooker Sam Riley – his third of the championship on the way to a man-of-the-match award – extended that lead early in the second half but England were then pinned back in defence for long periods, losing Riley to a yellow card and further reduced when Lucas Broke was red-carded.

Scotland, captained by Tigers Academy graduate Ben Muncaster, did find a breakthrough to score before wing Arthur Relton latched on to a cross-kick to score when England finally broke out of their own territory with just 10 minutes remaining to lead 31-12.

The Scots were then denied a last-minute score after a TMO check on foot in touch as England backed up the 38-22 win over France in the opening game with a second victory.

England are back in action in Cardiff next Thursday when they face Ireland Under-20s.