Isiekwe helps England past Les Bleus

England and Saracens Academy player Nick Isiekwe

England and Saracens Academy player Nick Isiekwe - Credit: Archant

Nick Isiekwe helped England U18 to a 15-7 victory over France in their opening International Series match in Cape Town.

The Haileybury student played the entire game at number four.

Sam Aspland-Robinson scored both of England’s tries in the first half, with scrum half Jack Maunder taking quick-tap penalties to set up his tour roommate.

Theo Brophy Clews converted the second score to give John Fletcher’s charges a 12-0 lead at half-time.

France hit back after the break. A try for Les Bleus reduced the deficit on 36 minutes and moments later they had the chance to draw level.

Another try was disallowed for crossing though, and Brophy Clews capitalised on the let-off when France were caught offside, slotting a penalty for the final points of the game.

England face South Africa U18 A tomorrow and South Africa U18 on August 15.