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U20 Six Nations: England beat Wales 45-3 to win Triple Crown


England celebrate their 7th try
A dominant England celebrate their final try of the match

England beat Wales 45-3 to secure the Under-20s Six Nations Triple Crown and keep their Grand Slam hopes alive.

They ran in seven tries at Cardiff Arms Park, while Wales’ only points came from a first minute Sam Costelow penalty.

Jack Clement began the onslaught, with scores following from Sam Riley, Jack van Poortvliet, Arthur Relton (2) and Nahum Merigan (2).

England play Italy for the clean sweep on Tuesday 13 July.

For hosts Wales, it was their third defeat in the tournament with ill-discipline once again proving costly with two yellow cards.

In the day’s earlier kick-off, Ireland produced a superb comeback to claim a 30-23 victory over Italy. Irish hopes of retaining their Six Nations crown now rely on England slipping up against the Azzurri.

There were five tries in a frantic first quarter, with scores from Ireland’s Eoin de Buitléar and George Saunderson cancelled out by Simone Gesi, Tommaso di Bartolomeo and Leonardo Marin.

Two second half tries from Alex Kendellen’s turned the game on its head as Italy were reduced to 14 men.

There were also cards in France’s encounter with Scotland, with the French having to play a man down after Enzo Reybier’s 25th-minute sending off for a dangerous tackle.

But they still ran out 45-21 victors, while the Scots remain pointless at the bottom of the table.

The tournament continues on 13 July with England taking on Italy in final round’s opening game (14:00 BST).

Ireland then take on France (16:45 BST) before Scotland play Wales (20:00 BST).

All tournament games are being played at the home of Cardiff Rugby to minimise travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

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