England U20 39-18 Argentina U20, Narbonne
Jordan Olowofela and Henry Walker scored doubles as England kick-started their World Rugby U20 Championship with a 39-18 win over Argentina in Narbonne on Wednesday.
It was Argentina, who got their first points on the board when Santiago Chocobares crossed over in the fourth minute that was improved by Juan Bautista Daireaux but that was canceled out when England responded back with a try Olowofela and a conversion from James Grayson.
A penalty kick from Bautista Daireaux in the ninth minute once again got Argentina into the lead Henry Walker gave England a breathing space when he crossed over in the six minutes later and once again Grayson slotted the extras.
The second quarter saw Juan Pablo Castro and Olowofela trade tries as England had a 19-15 lead head into the break.
Steve Bates' men further upped the ante at the start of the second half with Walker dotting down in the 45th minute and Grayson kicking a penalty and a conversion on either side as the scoreline became 29-15. Replacement Juan Bautista Pedemonte kicked a penalty in the 61st-minute centre Tom Hardwick restored the 14 point lead for England with a three-pointer of his own.
As the game neared the closing stage, Argentina's chances were pretty much sealed as they lost replacement Lucio Sordoni to sin-bin in the 77th minute and Marcus Smith made use of the numerical advantage as he touched down in the final minute to complete a 39-18 win for England.