England Under-19s 29
England gained sweet revenge for their defeat by Scotland at U19s level in Italy last year with victory at Netherdale today to give them a confidence booster for the rest of their Six Nations campaign.
"This was a very useful first outing for us," said England U19s coach Tosh Askew. "We played the way we wanted to - with width and pace. I think the whole process at U19s level has moved forward."
England, well served by half-backs Joseph Bedford and Ross Broadfoot, looked dangerous in possession, and twice caught the Scottish defence asleep with quickly taken tap penalties.
England, the heavier side up front, soon made their power tell with a series of rolling mauls that ended with Broadfoot kicking a penalty.
Then, from a quickly-taken tap, England captain Ben Russell scorched through a disorganised Scotland defence to set up a first try for London Irish and Dartford School full-back Topsy Ojo.
Scotland, after having to defend for the first quarter, finally scored a try by centre Alan Nash from a clever pass by stand-off Andrew Skeen after a turnover.
England stretched their lead with a second try for Ojo from a scrum close to the Scotland line after the visitors had made ground through Thomas Rock and Joseph Bedford. Broadfoot's conversion made the score 15-5 but just before half time Scotland replied with a long range penalty goal from full-back Brian Archibald.
A powerful rolling maul provided a third try for England, this time scored by Saracens prop Aston Croall, and then when Broadfoot banged over two further penalties, England were 26-8 ahead.
Scotland were not finished, however, and from good approach work by replacement No 8 Grant Strang, substitute stand-off Michael Adamson ran in the Scots' second try.
A final effort by England resulted in a fourth penalty for Broadfoot.
Scorers: Scotland: Tries - Nash, Adamson; Pen - Archibald.
England: Tries - Ojo (2), Croall; Con - Broadfoot; Pens - Broadfoot (4)
Scotland U19s: B Archibald (Stirling County); N De Luca (Heriot's FP), A Nash (Watsonians), S Taylor (Gloucester), J Kellock (Bath University); A Skeen (Newcastle Falcons), R Snedden (Boroughmuir); S Corsar (Aberdeen GSFP), R Ford (The Borders), A Chalmers (Murrayfield Wanderers), C White (Stirling County), P Wilmhurst-Smith (Gloucester), J Rennie (Tynedale), N Cochrane (Boroughmuir), I Dryburgh (Watsonians). Replacements M Adamson (Glasgow Hawks) for Skeen (45), D Brown (Biggar) for Nash (60), P McCrorie (Garnock) for Snedden (58), G Thomson (Hawick) for Kellock (49), S Lawrie (Currie) for Ford (61), G Strang (Aberdeen GSFP) for Rennie (28), S Fenwick (Stewartry) for Chalmers (32).
England U19s: T Ojo (London Irish & Dartford); J Wellwood (London Wasps), T Rock (Leeds Tykes), B Russell (Northampton Saints, capt), T Evans (Wellington College); R Broadfoot (London Irish and Whitgift), J Bedford (Sale Sharks); A Croall (Saracens), I Clunis (London Irish), W Thompson (Bristol Shoguns), A Buist (Newcastle Falcons), W Bowley (Worcester), M Hopley (Worcester), E Williamson (Newcastle Wasps), R Thorpe (London Irish). Replacements O Morgan (Gloucester) for Evans (64), S Whatling (Bath) for Rock (67), D Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) for Thompson (66).
Referee: N Ballard (Wales)