Match Report: Australia U20s lose disappointing match to England

Australia’s hopes of an inaugural U20’s World title are over after a disappointing 17-13 loss to England. The visitors needed to beat the host nation by more than seven points to book a spot in the semi finals, but gave up a 13-6 half time lead in their second loss of the tournament. Australia showed their intent form the opening whistle and crossed for their first try in just the 30th second after regathering possession from the kickoff. A well worked wrap around play allowed Mack Mason to slide through the English defence and offload to Jack Maddocks who beat the defending fullback with ease to score the opening points. England hit back with a penalty goal immediately and dominated possession and territory for the remainder of the opening 20 minutes however Australia’s defence held strong. Despite once again outweighing their opposing forward pack, this time by a whopping 68kg, the set piece was tightly contested with neither side able to gain ascendency throughout the firs
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