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Otley loanees help England Under-20 triumph
Dominic Barrow helped England Under-20s make it two wins from two in the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa as they came from behind to defeat Ireland 20-15 in Stellenbosch.
Lock Barrow, who was sin-binned in the first half, played for 62 minutes before being replaced by Harlequins' Sam Twomey.
Barrow's fellow Otley loanee, skipper Chris Walker, also from Leeds Carnegie, came on after 55 minutes in place of London Irish's David Sisi.
In torrential rain and on a mud-laden pitch, England had to work hard for their win and were trailing 15-3 with just over 25 minutes left.
But a penalty try and a Kyle Sinckler score helped England across the line as Tom Heathcote added ten points with the boot.
After an early spell of sustained pressure, Heathcote got England onto the scoreboard with a straight-forward penalty but Ireland fly half JJ Hanrahan had the chance the level things but nudged his kick wide.
Five minutes later, the Irish No. 10 more than made amends, scoring the game’s opening try just wide of the posts and adding the conversion to make it 7-3.
England went down to 14 men when centre Will Addison was sent to the sin-bin for a dangerous tackle and Barrow soon followed for an infringement at the breakdown.
Ireland made the most of their two-man advantage, scoring their second try through scrum half Kieran Marmion to make it 12-3 before Hanrahan grabbed another penalty to make it 15-3 at the break.
A second Heathcote penalty early in the second half reduced the deficit to nine as England began to turn the screw.
The pressure eventually told with 20 minutes left as the forwards pushed their way to a penalty try to make it 15-13 as Ireland had a man sent to the sin-bin.
England took full advantage of the extra man as prop Sinckler went over for his second try of the tournament after more good work from the pack to seal a tough victory.
Ryan Mills, captain for the day, was delighted with the win and said: “It was really tough out there. Obviously the conditions weren’t great but it was the same for both sides and Ireland really took the game to us.
“Full credit to them, they’ve played us on the back of beating South Africa in what was a physical Test match and gave us a really good match.
“It probably wasn’t the most spectacular to watch but we got the result we needed and our focus now switches to South Africa tomorrow.”
Leeds Carnegie loanee Tommy Bell (London Irish) was at full back.