England Under-18 two-from-two in South Africa

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Academy News England Under-18 two-from-two in South Africa

All four Saints were involved once more as England Under-18 beat France 23-6 in George, remaining unbeaten on their Tour of South Africa in the process.

Having edged past Wales late on last Friday afternoon, head coach John Fletcher rung the changes, James Fish and Lewis Ludlam earning their first starts of the tour.

Harry Mallinder – who kicked the winning points against the Welsh – and Rotimi Segun were this time among the replacements as tries from Joe Marchant and John Williams, the latter on debut, finally saw off a stubborn French side.

England Under-18 coach John Fletcher is expecting another step up in intensity when they face hosts South Africa on Saturday in the third and final tour match.

“It was another tough game, as it always is when you play France,” Fletcher commented. “I thought that we dominated the game for periods, but France defended and tackled well, and to be fair they had a long spell in our half.

“We made a few too many unforced errors, particularly early on in the game. But I thought that we were quite comfortable throughout and we’ve come through with each player on tour having had a start which will start us in good stead for Saturday’s game against South Africa.

“We know what South Africa will bring – they mirror the seniors. They’ll be big and physical, which is what we expect, we’ll have to up our game and put in a big performance, which I know we are capable of.”

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