venue: Grattan Stadium, Bradford
26th April 2011
Full Match Report
ENGLAND YOUTH SECURE SERIES DRAW
The England Youth side secured a series draw against neighbours France after a convincing 58-14 victory at Bradford’s Grattan Stadium yesterday to avenge their narrow 19-18 defeat on Good Friday. Having lost to a dramatic last minute drop-goal in the first test, the England Youth side were determined to level the series but the opening exchanges of the game were tense and it was France who struck the first blow, when forward Karim Madani gave the visitors an early four point lead.
However, that score was the catalyst for an emphatic England performance which saw the Youth team dominate the remainder of the game and it was centre Jordan Harper who crossed first for England after ten minutes with Harry Lightfoot Brown and George Williams quick to follow suit and make the score 16-4 in favour of the home side.
Madani looked to have replied for France but excellent goal-line defence from England saw the player held up over the line and moments later a break from stand-off Ryan Hampshire released Greg Richards to touch down and extend the English lead. Hampshire was quick to add his name to the try-scorer list just two minutes later and was instrumental in creating a sixth English score as his short ball allowed interchange Brad Day to add a further four points on the half-hour mark.
French half-back Torreilles had the last say in the half with a score minutes before the whistle which seen England take a comfortable 34-8 lead into the half-time break. England began the second half in the ascendancy and Jordan Baldwinson capitalised on the early pressure to widen the lead to 40-8 but the gap was reduced to 26 points when forward Bouzinac scored what would be the last try of the game for France.
Lightfoot Brown grabbed his second of the game before man-of-the-match Hampshire claimed his second and second rower Alex Mellor completed the scoring when he touched down with only a few minutes remaining. Full-back Lewis Tierney added the extras with the boot to bring his personal tally to 16 points and leave the full-time result 58-14 in favour of England.
Lewis Tierney, Ben Parry, Jordan Harper, Harry Lightfoot Brown, Josh Casey, Ryan Hampshire, George Williams, Greg Richards, Ryan Maneely, Michael Learmonth, Jordan Baldwinson, Alex Mellor, William Milner. Subs: Liam Sutcliffe, Jack Anderson, Bradley Day, Zak Dewhirst
Bouzada, Perez, Villalba, Gaillard, Chanet, Torreilles, Fages, Boyer, Bousquet, Cadoret, Bouzinac (c), Gonzales Triques, Madani. Subs: Maury, Meresta Doucet, Taurin, Domergues