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Match report: England U18s 34-17 Scotland U18s

England head coach Eddie Jones opened a new pitch in January. Photo credit: Rude Health.

England Under 18s completed the three-peat with a hard-fought 34-17 victory against Scotland at Lightfoot Green, the home of the Preston Grasshoppers.

The first team had secured an emphatic 62-21 win a day earlier, lifting the Calcutta Cup – the prize awarded to the winner of the annual clash between England and Scotland – as well as retaining their Six Nations crown.

The women’s side put in an equally dominant performance, running in 12 tries to complete a whitewash over the Scots.

The signs were ominous early on as England’s Charlie Wright set up a Joe Tunney break away try but Scotland responded, scoring against the run of play, with Harry Butler scoring a pick and go try.

Flanker Aaron Hinkley ensured England went in 12-7 ahead at the break, running in from 20 metres out after a stolen lineout.

Just moments after the break fly-half Tom Hardwick crashed over, as England’s repeated pressure broke through Scotland’s defence once more.

Five minutes later a charge down try from Ross Thompson reduced the arrears for the Scottish age-grade side, managed by head coach Grant McKelvey.

Cameron Redpath crashed over to put England back in the ascendency before Tom Seabrook made sure of victory, scoring off a driving maul.

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