Sam Olver started against South Africa ©Claire Jones / www.redhatphoto.com
Academy News Heartbreak for young England in South Africa
Senior Academy fly half Sam Olver kicked two conversions, but despite a good showing England U18 were pipped by hosts South Africa in Cape Town.
Olver was one of four Saints youngsters to be involved in the squad that took on South Africa Schools, along with fellow new Senior Saints Academy backs Howard Packman and Junior Saints Academy lock Josh Peters.
Captain James Chisholm got the tourists off to a perfect start in the fifth minutes with a try, converted by Olver. However South Africa battled back to lead 8-7 at half-time with a penalty and a try of their own.
A second try took South Africa six points clear, before a mazy Packman run brought a high tackle from a young Bok, a yellow card, and a second try for Chisholm.
However England could not add make the most of the extra man, and after holding out South Africa landed two penalties in the final 15 mintues to record a 19-14 win.
ENGLAND U18 STARTING XV AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town, SA
Friday, August 9th, 2013
Kick-off 2:30pm BST
15 Howard PACKMAN (Northampton Saints)
14 Tom HOWE (London Wasps)
13 Nick CARPENTER (Bristol)
12 Max CLARK (Bath)
11 Nathan EARLE (Saracens)
10 Sam OLVER (Northampton Saints)
9 Stuart TOWNSEND (Exeter Chiefs)
1 Alex LUNDBERG (London Wasps)
2 Cameron NEILD (Sale Sharks)
3 Paul HILL (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Tom ELLIS (Bath)
5 Charlie EWELS (Bath)
6 Hayden STRINGER (Saracens)
8 James CHISHOLM (Harlequins) (C)
7 Lewis LUDLOW (Gloucester Rugby)
16 Jack WALKER (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Luke CHAPMAN (Exeter Chiefs)
18 Ciaran PARKER (Sale Sharks)
19 Josh PETERS (Northampton Saints)
20 Ellis GENGE (Bristol)
21 James MITCHELL (Sale Sharks)
22 Will OWEN (Leicester Tigers)
23 Josh SHARP (Saracens)
24 Rory JENNINGS (Bath)
25 Josh SKELCEY (Northampton Saints)
26 Tom FOWLIE (London Irish)