Perkins scores for England U20 in 6 Nations rout of Italy

George Perkins makes a break

George Perkins makes a break - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian and Saracens Academy winger George Perkins scored for England U20 in their 61-0 victory over Italy in the 6 Nations.

It was England’s first win of the competition after losing their opening game to Wales.

England started the brighter of the two sides and sprayed the ball out wide for Perkins to score after five minutes. The second came soon after when Owen picked up a loose Italian lineout to scoot over.

England’s forwards were enjoying set piece dominance and Genge dotted down after a strong lineout in the Italy 22. Further first half scores came from Packman and Marchant to make it 35-0 at the break.

Marchant grabbed his second minutes into the second 40 and Packman did likewise shortly after.

Marchant completed his hat-trick after 53 minutes, showing great pace to fire through the Italian defence.

The heavens then opened which slowed down the pace of the game, but Jake Farnworth rounded the scoring off with five minutes to go to make it 61-0.

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Head coach Jon Callard said: “We’re really pleased with the performance from the lads, particularly against a physical and passionate Italian side. The response from last week was spot on and it puts us in a good place as we head into the fallow week.

“The fans at Plymouth were excellent – to get over three 3,000 in was a credit to the club and they made themselves heard. Ireland next up will be a huge test, especially in Dublin, but it’s one we’ll relish.”

Man of the match Joe Marchant added: “It was pretty special to get three tries, but it was a real team effort today. We knew that the conditions would be tricky but we fronted up and put in a good performance. Italy were very tough and we’ve got a few bruised bodies, but it’s great to get our first win of the campaign.”