World U20s 2015: England defeat South Africa to reach third final
Jon Callard's side keep dream of title defence alive with 28-20 win over the Baby Boks in Calvisano
England progressed to a third successive World Rugby U20 Championship final with a 28-20 win over South Africa in Calvisano.
Jon Callard’s youngsters produced a composed performance to see off the top seeds in this year’s semi-finals to keep their title defence alive.
Bath outside-half Rory Jennings and his opposite number Brandon Thomson traded two penalties apiece in the opening quarter.
But ill-discipline proved to be a problem for the Baby Boks losing two players to the sin-bin in the opening 40 minutes.
They kept England out until the 25th minute when Harlequins number eight James Chisholm scored the opening try off the back of a strong scrum with the Baby Boks’ lock Jason Jenkins still in the bin.
England’s forwards continued their dominance in the first half and rewarded for their efforts in the final minute when New Zealand referee Brendon Pickerill awarded a penalty try, converted by Jennings for an 18-6 lead at the break.
Nick Tompkins extended England’s lead to 22 points through their third try with 10 minutes remaining after a George Perkins break, but was then sin-binned for the final eight minutes, which allowed South Africa to score two consolation tries in the last three minutes through Malcolm Jaer and Daniel du Plessis.
England will now take on New Zealand, who defeated France 45-7 in the other semi-final, in Cremona on Saturday looking to land a third successive title.
The Baby Blacks last won the title on Italian soil back in 2011 when they defeated the Red Rose 33-22 in Padua.