Grammar school at Leeds wing Tom Gorman scored a hat trick of tries as England u16’s B (North) scored eight to ensure they won all three games at the BMW Wellington International in emphatic fashion today, running out 46-12 victors against Belgium u17’s.
The win follows up tough victories against France u16 B (27-26) and Netherlands u17 (18-8), who beat France u16 B 24-22 today sparking emotional scenes from the Dutch players.
Belgium were competitive throughout, and made England work very hard for their tries in the first half. England’s first half scorers were prop Jack Strong, Centre and man of the match Clayton Dee and Gorman who looked in electrifying forms today.
The floodgates opened in the second half however. Tom Somers scored two, as did Gorman and Daniel Bhatti also put his name on a healthy scoreline.
There were two stand out tries in the second half, after two pieces of individual brilliance. Gorman swerved his way round several defenders to score a brilliant 80 metre solo effort. Colstons school flanker Sam Boyland set up the other try using great footwork, speed and power to break from 50 metres before offloading to Somers to score.
It capped a superb tournament for England B, who played some fantastic running rugby from the first day to last.
England B (North) head coach Peter Coke said: “The boys knew that they’d be up against it. You can call the Belgium’s and the Holland’s your weaker sides, but they gave us a lot of problems!
“You look at this side, and it shows how much depth you have coming through the schools. Players develop at different stages, and you can definitely see a few of these boys moving onwards and upwards.
“The festival dinner lat night was fantastic, and shows what rugby is all about. I’d love to see this festival continue,but we’ll have to see how it goes.”
England u16 B (North)
1. Max Chandler (Shiplake College & Oxon) 2.Jack Beckwith (Barnard Castle & Durham) 3.Jack Strong (Stowe & Bucks) 4. Charles Stonehill (Thornden & Hampshire) 5. Tim Cardill (Prince William & East Midlands) 6. Matt Postelwaite (Ikley Grammar & Yorkshire) 7. Sam Boyland (Colstons & Bristol) 8.Stone Priestly-Nangle (Worksop) Tyler Jerrum (Wyedean & Gloucestershire) 9. James McDaniel (Ripon Grammar & Yorkshire) 10. Mark Dixon (Lymm & Cheshire) 11.Loewy Simmons (St. Richard’s & Sussex) 12.George Furbank (Kimbolton & East Midlands) 13. Clayton Dee (Churchdown & Gloucestershire) 14. Tom Gorman (Leeds Grammar & Yorkshire) 15. Darren Atkins (Millfield & Somerset)
Replacements: 16. Charles Capps (Queen Ethelburga’s & Yorkshire) 17. Aubrey Grimes (Litcham & Eastern Counties) 18. Joe Moore ( Pate’s Grammar & Gloucestershire). Michael Walton (St. John’s & Durham) 21. Conor Adams (Burton Borough & North Midlands) 22. Tom Somers (Easingwold & Yorkshire) 23. Dan Bhatti (Bedford Modern & East Midlands) 24. Loewy Simmons (St. Richard’s & Sussex) Tyler Jerrum (Wyedean & Gloucestershire)