- Russia U20s hold out for 32-29 win in Moscow
- England Counties U20s finish Russia tour with one win from two
Russia U20s held out for a 32-29 win in their second match against England Counties U20s with the visitors having won the first leg 19-14 in Moscow.
After a hard-fought first match earlier in the week, the second leg proved even more tense.
ENGLAND'S STRONG START
A tight start saw Russia U20s fly half Churashov and England Counties number 10 Lewis Dennett trading penalties in the opening 10 minutes.
With Russia leading 6-3 and trying to play the ball out from their own half, England centre Alex Goble intercepted to sprint through and score with try converted by Dennett to make it 10-6.
Soon after, number 8 Adam Branckley was sent to the sin bin for infringing at the breakdown and Churashov duly slotted the penalty to bring the score to 10-9.
VISITORS' SET-PIECE CONTROL
England's set piece was dominant throughout the game and they were rewarded when the referee awarded them a penalty try halfway through the first half.
The visitors were hoping to maintain their lead of 17-9 at half time but the hosts had other ideas when second row Nemstev broke through England's defence to drive over the line and score.
Churashov once again converted and less than a minute later gave Russia another three points from a penalty in front of the posts.
The men in red led 19-17 going into the second half and the impressive Churashov quickly extended that lead to 22-17 when Russia were awarded a penalty from a scrum.
At risk of letting the match get away from them slightly, England went on the attack and replacement Kemp Price scythed through Russia's defence and showed good speed to give England a 24-22 lead.
CHURASHOV LEADS RUSSIA TO VICTORY
With only 15 minutes remaining, Russia were camped in England's half and Churashov capped off a brilliant individual performance by sidestepping his way through England's defence to score a crucial try.
The fly half converted his own effort to give his team a 29-24 lead going into the final few minutes.
With the match seemingly lost, replacement Max Berry finished off a remarkable display of attacking intent from England.
The visitors went through the phases from their own half before making a break through the middle of Russia's line with Max Berry sprinting from outside Russia's 22 metre line to score.
The conversion was then missed leaving the scores equal at 29-29. Trying to get out of their own half, England Counties then conceded a penalty in front of the posts which Churashov swiftly converted in the 80th minute.
England Counties were trailing 32-29 with the final play of the match and were camped out on Russia's try line.
The team opted for a scrum rather than three points when the referee awarded them a penalty but then lost the ball in the resulting set-piece to hand Russia the victory.
|1 Hayden King|
|2 Karl Garside|
|3 Alex Post|
|4 Dale Lemon|
|5 James Apperley|
|6 Jack Thomas|
|7 Dan Broady|
|8 Adam Brankley|
|9 Ben Pointon|
|10 Lewis Dennett|
|11 Ellis Rudder|
|12 Connor Wilkinson|
|13 Alex Goble|
|14 James Neal|
|15 Charlie Venables|
|16 Will Scholey|
|17 Diana Montout Alexis|
|18 Max Berry|
|19 Kemp Price|
|20 Jack Harrison|
|21 Tim Bitirim|