Christian Wade - a member of Wasps Academy - celebrates another try score with England U18s
England Under 18s ran in an impressive 11 tries on route to a second victory over Scotland this season in the Six Nations Festival in Parma, Italy on Wednesday night with Wasps’ Christian Wade adding to a hat-trick over Italy in the festival opener.
England had previously recorded a 63-0 victory over their home nation rivals last month at Kingston Park, and again they kept a 100 percent clean sheet tonight. London Irish's Sam Edgerley and Saracens' Jake Sharp ran in for two tries each while Sharp also added 10 conversions.
England Coach John Fletcher said: "This was a good result. Again we played better in the second half. In the first half Scotland had a lot of possession and territory, but the difference was we made the most of our opportunities when we had the ball.
"I am pleased that we didn't let them score a point, but to me it's more important to be able to score lots of tries and we certainly did that today. Next-up is Ireland on Saturday and that is going to be a tough game. They have already beaten Wales, so it will definitely be a challenging match."
It didn't take England long to make an immediate impression at the Stadio L.Zaffanella with Bristol's Billy Vunipola taking the ball from a scrum and muscling his way over the line after just five minutes.
Three minutes later and London Irish's wing Edgerley added a converted try after a good England line-out saw the ball passed out through the backs and on to the wing.
Flanker Everard then added salt into Scotland wounds with a try straight from the restart when skipper Alex Gray made a good break to get the ball to Everard. With Sharp then adding the conversion and his own converted try on 35 minutes England took a comfortable 26-0 lead into the break.
Wasps' Jack Wallace was named amongst the replacements against Scotland U18s
England kept the pressure on immediately after the restart and straight from the kick-off prop Rob Buchanan made some good distance with some powerful running and carrying, getting the ball out-wide to Saracens centre Owen Farrell who touched down. Sharp again added the conversion
London Wasps' Christian Wade, who scored a hat-trick in England's Festival opener against Italy, was back on the score-board against Scotland with a good effort just minutes later. This time England took their chances after a good line out saw the ball moved out to Wade on the wing and he crossed.
Edgerley collected his brace of tries on 41 minutes after 16-year-old Jamie Elliott made an impressive break from a mid-field scrum to set-up the winger. Edgerley crossed with ease and with Sharp adding the conversion England led 47-0.
Substitute George Ford added England's eighth try, and then another replacement, Henry Thomas, scored on his first touch of the ball. Sharp converted both scores and then added another conversion when he crossed on 67 minutes.
London Irish's Jonathan Joseph then wrapped up the evening for England with a try on 74 minutes, intercepting Scotland in their own half before off-loading to Wade and then finishing off the move himself. Sharp again added the conversion to hand England the comfortable 75-0 victory.
Wasps' Sam Jones completed the trio of men in black and gold in the England U18s squad
15 Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints & Bedford School), 14 Christian Wade (London Wasps & RGS High Wycombe), 13 Andy Short (Worcester Warriors & Worcester 6th Form College), 12 Owen Farrell (Saracens & St Georges School), 11 Sam Edgerley (London Irish & Wellington College), 10 Jake Sharp (Saracens & Oaklands College), 9 Sam Stuart (Harlequins & Sedbergh School), 1 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins & St Bedes School), 2 Peter Austin (London Irish & St Paul's Catholic College), 3 Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers & John Cleveland College), 4 Sam Twomey (Harlequins & Dulwich College), 5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins & Hurstpierpoint College), 6 Billy Vunipola (Bristol Rugby & Castle School), 7 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers & Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st), 8 Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons & Barnard Castle School).
Replacements: 16 Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby & Millfield School), 17 Henry Thomas (Bristol Rugby & Millfield School), 18 Harry Allen (Saracens & Chistlehurst & Sidcup Grammar), 19 Sam Jones ( London Wasps & Aylesbury Grammar), 20 Joe Trayfoot (Harlequins & Epsom College), 21 Ben Glynn (Bristol Rugby & Filton College), 22 Ryan Glynn (Sale Sharks & Sedbergh School), 23 George Ford (Leicester Tigers & Rishworth School), 24 Marcus Watson (London Irish & St Georges College), 25 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish & Millfield School), 26 Jack Wallace (London Wasps & RGS High Wycombe).
Tries: B Vunipola, Edgerley (2), Everard, Sharp (2), Farrell, Wade, Ford, Thomas, Joseph
Conversions: Sharp (10)
Substitutions: Ford for Farrell (40), Watson for Edgerley (40), Thomas for B Vunipola (50), Joseph for Short (52), M Vunipola for Gray (63).
Half-time score: England U18s 26 Scotland U18s 0
March 22nd, Kingston Park, 2pm England v Scotland, WON 63-0
March 29th, Sandy Park, 230pm, England v Japan High Schools, WON 71-7
April 12th, England v Italy, 630pm BST, Stadio L.Zaffanella, WON 61-3
April 15th, England v Scotland, 630pm BST, Stadio L.Zaffanella, WON 75-0
April 18th, England v Ireland, 3pm BST, Stadio G. Maini
April 26th, England v Wales, 2pm, Ebbw Vale RFC