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Brilliant Riley score wins Six Nations Under-20s Try of Round 2

Brilliant Riley score wins Six Nations Under-20s Try of Round 2

Sam Riley celebrates

England hooker Sam Riley saw off strong competition as his stunning effort against Scotland was crowned the Six Nations Under-20s Try of Round 2 in the public vote.

The 20-year-old Harlequins prospect received nearly half of the votes to finish top of the poll after helping the young Red Roses defeat Scotland 31-12 in Cardiff.

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He claimed the prize with 46.3% of the vote to finish ahead of Ireland’s Chris Cosgrave (24.8%), with Italy’s Simone Gesi third (23.8%) and Nelson Epee of France taking fourth (5.1%).

Riley’s effort arrived on 51 minutes as the England No.2 showed the acceleration of a back to burst between two defenders with a hitch-kick and surge over the line.

His try was one of five scored by the young Red Roses as they defeated Scotland at Cardiff Arms Park to make it two wins from two at the start of the 2021 Championship.

Jack van Poortvliet, Fin Smith, Deago Bailey and Arthur Relton also dotted down for England as Alan Dickens’ men made it ten points from ten to boost their Grand Slam hopes.

Riley-inspired England make it two wins from two

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As well as scoring one of his side’s tries, Riley also provided an assist for another as he was named Six Nations Under-20s Player of the Match for his all-action display.

Next up for England is a meeting with the only other unbeaten side in this year’s Championship, with 2019 champions Ireland also holding a perfect record after two rounds.

Six Nations Under-20s Try of Round 2 results

Sam Riley (ENGLAND v Scotland) – 46.3%
Chris Cosgrave (IRELAND v Wales) – 24.8%
Simone Gesi (ITALY v France) – 23.8%
Nelson Epee (Italy v FRANCE) – 5.1%