World U20s 2015: England sink Wales with bonus-point win to top Pool A
Jon Callard's side too strong for rivals as they keep their title defence alive with commanding victory in Calvisano
England avenged their RBS 6 Nations defeat to Wales with a 30-16 victory on day two of the World Rugby U20 Championship at the Stadio San Michele.
An eventful start to the Pool A game saw the Red Rose take the lead in the second minute through a Rory Jennings penalty and they didn’t look back, despite having Saracens full-back Aaron Morris sin-binned on five minutes for a deliberate knock on with Wales in the red zone.
Bath Rugby centre Max Clark scored the first of England’s four tries inside 10 minutes, converted by Jennings, before Northampton Saints winger Howard Packman and Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Stuart Townsend went over from a tap penalty to help build a comfortable 22-0 lead before the half-hour mark.
Wales finally got on the scoreboard with a Jarrod Evans penalty on 31 minutes, but England cancelled that out with another Jennings penalty three mintues later.
Before the break, Bridgend and Ospreys centre Owen Watkin ran in unopposed after England hooker Jack Walker lost control of the ball in his own 22, with England taking a 25-10 lead into the interval.
A second Evans penalty gave Wales the first points of the second half and the Pontypridd outside-half added another on the hour mark as they continued to make inroads on the deficit.
But England hit back again with eight minutes remaining through number eight Sam Skinner, who wrapped up the bonus point with his second try in as many matches in Italy off the back of a strong diving maul.
A second bonus-point win following their thumping win over Japan earlier in the week, sees England return to the top of Pool A with 10 points, one more than France, who they face in their final match against on Wednesday.