England Counties U20’s 22-23 Georgia U19’s – Match two in favor of Junior Lelos


England Counties Under 20s edged out by Georgia Late penalty seals Counties’ fate Georgia avenge midweek defeat England Counties Under 20s 22 Georgia Under 20s 23 England Counties Under 20s suffered an agonising defeat against a well-organised Georgia side at Cambridge’s Volac Park today.

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England appeared to have snatched victory when replacement scrum-half Rhodri Adamson landed a touchline conversion after wing Jack Rossiter had levelled the scores at 20-20 with a late try.But there was still time for England to concede a penalty for handling in a ruck which gave Georgia full-back Giorgi Babunashvili the chance to kick the penalty that won an entertaining contest.


The defeat for the Under 20s followed two one point reverses for the England Counties senior side against France Federale and Ireland Club XV earlier in the season. England had expected a backlash from Georgia after they beat them 36-10 in a midweek match at Shelford and they made life difficult for themselves by playing to Georgia’s strengths up front.


Georgia’s centres Devi Devsurashvili and Temuri Iremadze caused problems throughout but it was left wing Davit Gulitashvili who scored the opening try after a sustained attack which fly-half Jintchvelashvili converted. England hit back just before the half hour when openside flanker Jack Alcock clattered through for an unconverted try, using Rossiter as his decoy, but Jintchvelashvili landed a penalty just before the break to give Georgia a 10-5 lead at half-time.


Another Jintchvelashvili penalty seven minutes into the second half stetcched Georgia’s lead but England reduced it to a point when left wing Kwaku Asiedu ran back a poor clearance kick and created space for tighthead prop Jack Culverhouse to step over for the try which Ben Penfold, one of four Cambridge players in the side, improved. But Culverhouse was sent off seven mi8nutes later along with Georgia’s loosehead prop Mataradze Tornike for punching during a flare-up.


England took the lead for the first time after 73 minutes when Adamson struck a penalty but Georgia were resilient and they responded with a sustained attack that led to Babunashvili dotting down from close range for a try that he also improved.


Rossiter’s try, after patient approach work had created the overlap for the wing, and Adamson’s superb conversion appeared to have clinched victory but Georgia’s resistance had not been broken and they snatched a win that was celebrated joyously by their small band of supporters when Babunashvili landed his late penalty.


Georgian time


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