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England claim second victory

13th June 2012, 21:56

England claim second victory

By Gareth Jones, The Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium

 

England Students showed their desire to hold on to their Four Nations crown with a comfortable win over a spirited Scotland outfit in Wrexham.

 

Winger Marcus Brooker grabbed four tries for England, with centre Greg Scott also bagging a hat trick against a brave Scotland outfit, who continued to battle until the final whistle.

 

The Scots began brightly but it was the Auld enemy who struck first. Scot Ellam darted from dummy half before his cheeky back pass found its way into the hands of Marcus Booker to finish in the corner.

 

Jack Powley was next to get on the score sheet. The English back-line got the ball out to the towering centre, who powered over from close range.

 

England extended their lead when Gregg Scott broke through some weak Scottish defence on the half-way line. He showed good pace to beat several Scottish defenders on his way for the try.

 

There was an air of fortune surrounding England’s next try when Sam Blainey’s pass deflected off the Scottish defender into the welcoming hands of Evan Simons for a try out wide.

 

Scotland continued to battle hard and got the try their efforts deserved. The Scottish pack gained good yards before the ball made its way out to Phil Laing,. The centre still had a lot to do before cutting inside Greg Scott to crash over the whitewash and cut England’s lead to 16 points at the interval.

 

Scotland threatened a comeback in the opening exchanges of the first half and scored their second try through Aidan Holland. Phil Lang was again at the heart of the Scotland attack as he drew Gregg Scott before slipping the ball to Holland on the wing.

 

Holland’s score served as a wakeup call to England as the reigning champions began to regain the initiative.

 

Dan Haney took advantage of a Scotland knock on to score under the sticks before Marcus Booker completed his hat-trick. Scotland were once again exposed out wide as Charlie Eccleston’s pass found its way out to Brooker, who strolled over with no Scottish defenders in front of him.

 

Booker added an equally simple fourth before Evan Simons and Greg Scott doubled their tallies with super individual efforts.

 

And there was still time for Scott to complete his hat-trick in the dying moments of the game. The Centre leapt above his opposite number Gavin Grant to meet Adam Fairhead’s crossfield kick to collect and score.

 

England ran out comfortable winners but will need to up their game if they are to topple a red-hot Welsh side, whilst Scotland will look to avoid the wooden spoon against Ireland.

 

Scotland

1. Liam Wiggins  -

3. Aiden Holland -

4. Phil Laing -

17. Gavin Grant -

20. James Bird -

6. Luke Wating

14. Sinclair Matthews

15. Ben Owram -

9. Mark Lees -

8. Louis Spencer -

12. Callum Doyle -

18. Harry Chapman Walker -

13. Jordan Rice -

Subs (all used)

10. Bobby Stables

11. Mikey Stewart

19. Ben Morrow

7. Doug Critchen

 

Tries: Laing, Holland

Goals: Watling 1/2

 

England

1. Gareth Hynes

5. Evan Simons

3. Greg Scott

4. Jack Powley

2. Marcus Booker

6. Matt Bradley

7. Adam Fairhead

8. Dan Haney

9. Scott Ellam

10. Jamie Wallace

11.  Charlie Eccleston

12. Dean Chapman

13. Liam Thompson

Subs (all used)

18. Steven Taylor

19. Alistair Leake

15. Tom Davies

17. Sam Blainey

 

Tries: Brooker 4, Powley, Hanley, Simons 2, Scott 3,

Goals: Hynes 3/11