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Wales U20s 12 England U20s 7
England Women Under 20s were unable to finish their season on a winning note after a 12-7 defeat to Wales at Taffs' Well RFC today (Sunday).
The two try victory for the home side sees Wales and England share a victory each this term as the season draws to a close for the young guns.
RFUW Programme Manager Tom Stokes said: "Wales deserved to win this game. We were just too slow out of the blocks at the start and that really put us on the back foot. In the first half we struggled to retain ball, and made unforced errors. We had a much better start to the second half, and the players played with more intensity but they still missed their opportunities and we paid the price for that."
Wales put their maker down early on and came out strong, and after a scrum in England's 22, a missed kick by England saw the home side take their chances. Skipper Adi Taviner collected the wayward ball, and offloaded to wing Charlotte Murray. With England not strong enough in defence Murray charged her way through and touched down after just 12 minutes. Scrum half Yasmin Leung couldn't add the conversion.
England then struggled with the disruption of losing Hannah Field through injury and again Wales took advantage. More pressure from the home side saw England under the cosh, and finally their defence was broken when a scrum saw No.8 Vicky Owens barge her way over the try line. Leung this time stoked over the conversion to hand them a 12-0 lead at half time.
The visitors, however, came back out after the restart with more impetus, just like they did last month when they defeated Wales 17-7 at home. Their renewed vigour was also helped by the loss of Welsh fly half Betham Preece to the sin bin, and on 48 minutes England found themselves back in contention.
A turn over ball in Wales' 22 saw England gain possession and Richmond full back Kay Wilson made no mistake in collecting and charging over to score in the left corner. Bristol centre Amber Reed added the conversion to make the score 12-7.
But that was where England's chances ended. Although they maintained the pressure on Wales, the Red Roses just couldn't break their rivals defence, and England were forced to settle with the defeat.
15 Kay Wilson (Richmond), 14 Rebecca Hughes (Bristol), 13 Amy Wilson Hardy (Hove), 12 Amber Reed (Bristol), 11 Sophie Watkiss (Worcester), 10 Emily Scott (Welwyn), 9 Fiona Davidson (Richmond), 1 Sasha Acheson (Shelford), 2 Vicky Fleetwood (Lichfield), 3 Charlotte Male (C) (Bristol), 4 Amy Millar (Worcester), 5 Stacey Maguire (Lichfield), 6 Poppy Cleall (Ellingham and Ringwood), 7 Hannah Field (Wasps), 8 Nicola Hoole (Bristol). Replacements: 16 Geraldine Thomas (OA Saints), 17 Mille Fuggles (OA Saints), 18 Sarah George (University of Exeter), 19 Marlie Packer (Bristol), 20 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens), 21 Jessie Flowers (Oxford University), 22 Garnet Mackinder (Lichfield)
Replacements: Packer for Field (18), Thomas for Millar (39), George for Acheson, Flowers for Davidson (both 60), Gallagher for Wilson Hardy (78), Mackinder for Watkiss (78).
15 Kerin Lake (Neath Athletic), 14 Sian Perry (Altrincham Kersal), 13 Charlotte Murray (Neath Athletic), 12 Adi Taviner (C) (Neath Athletic), 11Jess Kavanagh (Dolgellau), 10 Bethan Preece (Neath Athletic), 9 Yasmin Leung (UWIC), 1 Alex Stokes (Neath Athletic), 2 Amy Lawrence (Neath Athletic), 3 Lowri Harris (UWIC), 4 Chloe Howells (Whitland), 5 Shona Powell-Hughes (Neath Athletic), 6 Sian Williams (RAF), 8 Vicky Owens (UWIC), 7 Sioned Harris (UWIC). Replacements: 16 Natalie Stone (Pontyclun), 17 Sophie Mangano (Kidwelly), 18 Rebecca Norris (Carmarthen Quins), 19 Kathryn Joseph (Neath Athletic), 20 Kayleigh Balchin (Longton), 21 Megan Williams (OA Saints), 22 Rhianydd Morgan (Neath Athletic)
Tries: Murray, Owens
Referee: Sean Brickell
Assistant Referees: Gareth Saunders & David Swain
Half time score: Wales 12 England 0
England U20s playing schedule
France U20s v England U20s, March 21st, Sainte Nazaire, LOST 36 22
England U20s v Wales U20s, April 6th, Surrey Sports Park, WON 17-7
Wales U20s v England U20s, May 9th, Taffs Well RFC, LOST 12-7