- England U18 lose 53-14 to SA Schools A
- Final match against South Africa Schools on 20 August
England U18 suffered a 53-14 defeat to South Africa Schools A in the second match of their three game tour of South Africa.
The tourists trailed 22-7 by half time with captain Gabriel Ibitoye grabbing England’s only try in the first half, converted by fly-half Tom Parton.
England struggled to match the South African’s physicality four days after playing France in their opening game of the tour but replacement James Grayson converted his own try in the second half to complete their tally.
“Their defence put us under a lot of pressure and we found it difficult to adapt,” said National academy development manager John Fletcher.
“Our decision making on the ball needs to improve because we had lots of chances to score.”
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England lost their opening game against France 23-18 but Fletcher insists that the squad are leaving nothing out on the pitch.“In terms of effort you can’t fault the guys, they’re running around and making tackles so we just need to work on a few key areas before the weekend.”
England have four days before they complete their series against South Africa Schools on Saturday 20 August and Fletcher put the onus on England’s defence.
“Our game will be very similar on Saturday in terms of physicality so we need to stop them getting momentum earlier on.
“They were very good at getting over the gain line and our skills were put under pressure in attack.”