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England 43-14 Wales U20s: Byron Hayward’s men leak tries after captain sent off in heavy defeat

Wales U20s captain Alex Mann was sent off in the first half ahead of his team going down to heavy 43-14 defeat against their English counterparts at Doncaster’s Castle Park.

Without their skipper, it became too much of an ask for the visitors, who had started the game in really promising fashion, and they ended up leaking six tries.

Cardiff No. 8 Mann was red carded for a shoulder to the head of his opposite number Emeka Ilione 29 minutes into the Six Nations clash.

With his team trailing 8-7, he looked to put in a tackle, but ended up catching Ilione to the jaw area.

After being alerted to the incident by her TMO, Irish referee Joy Neville went to check the replays at the side of the pitch. She decided there were no mitigating factors and sent the Welsh skipper for an early bath.

Mann was clearly distraught, putting his hands to his head before leaving the field.

He had been a try-scoring man of the match in the bonus point 26-13 victory over Scotland at Colwyn Bay two weeks ago.

And he had started this game really well too, winning a jackal penalty over the ball to set up a kick to the corner after just two minutes, then leaping high to claim possession at the resulting lineout.

That established an attacking platform which culminated in Cardiff Met prop Rhys Barratt diving over for a converted try after strong carries from centre Joe Hawkins and hooker Morgan Veness.

It was a dream start for Wales, who were to have much the better of the opening quarter, but the dream was to turn into a nightmare for Mann.

Soon after he was red carded, England capitalised on their extra body to claim a second try and take a 15-7 interval lead.

After the break, they stretched their advantage, securing the four-try bonus point after 52 minutes as they bounced back from their shock 6-0 defeat to Italy in the last round.

Ospreys second row Benji Williams did manage to force his way over from close range for the 14 men in red, but that was to prove just a brief respite for them.

For England, there were two tries from pacy full-back Henry Arundell, with hooker Finn Theobald-Thomas, No. 8 Ilione, prop Will Hobson and wing Deago Bailey also touching down.

There were also 13 points from the boots of Jamie Benson and Louie Johnson, while Wales fly-half Jac Lloyd landed a couple of conversions for the visitors.

It was the impressive Ilione who was named man of the match, with the Leicester youngster having been involved in much of the home side’s best work.

Byron Hayward’s Wales now have two defeats from their opening three Championship games, having suffered a 53-5 drubbing at the hands of Ireland out in Cork in their round one fixture before beating Scotland 26-13 a week later.

Next up for them is a home game against France at Colwyn Bay’s Parc Eirias in a fortnight’s time on Thursday, March 10.

England U20s: Henry Arundell; Deago Bailey, Jacob Cusick, Ethan Grayson, Cassius Cleaves; Jamie Benson, Sam Edwards; Fin Baxter, Finn Theobald-Thomas, Will Hobson, Charlie Rice, Alfie Bell, Chandler Cunningham-South, Toby Knight, Emeka Ilione.

Replacements: Joe Vajner, Archie McArthur, Mike Summerfield, Lewis Chessum, Kofi Cripps, Matty Jones, Louie Johnson, Rekeiti Ma’asi White.

Wales U20s: 15. Iestyn Hopkins (Ospreys); 14. Cameron Winnett (Cardiff), 13. Eddie James (Scarlets), 12. Joe Hawkins (Ospreys), 11. Harri Houston (Ospreys); 10. Jac Lloyd (Bristol), 9. Morgan Lloyd (Dragons); 1. Rhys Barrett (Cardiff Met), 2. Morgan Veness (Ealing Trailfinders), 3. Adam Williams (Dragons), 4. Benji Williams (Ospreys), 5. Joe Peard (Dragons), 6. Tom Cowan (Bath), 7, Ethan Frackrell (Cardiff), 8. Alex Mann (Cardiff, capt).

Replacements: 16. Connor Chapman (Dragons), 17. Joe Cowell (Cardiff Met), 18. Nathan Evans (Cardiff), 19. Lewis Jones (Ospreys), 20. Morgan Morse (Ospreys), 21. Archie Hughes (Scarlets), 22. Dan Edwards (Ospreys), 23. Joe Westwood (Dragons).

Referee: Joy Neville (IRFU)

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