SCOTLAND have a mountain to climb before they face Boys Clubs of Wales at Bridgehaugh next Sunday after suffering their biggest ever loss at Under-18 level with defeat at Newcastle yesterday by an England side that was massively ahead of the Scots in every aspect.
England's muscular presence, their pace, and their skill was a reflection of the conditioning, match play and training that the young English players receive at the Premiership Academies. With England's massive pack supplying a steady stream of possession the men in white were able to toy with their opponents.
England ran in ten tries, many of them created by the brilliance of their stand-off George Ford, the outstanding player.
For Scotland, prop Steve Quigley, scrum half Sean Kennedy, replacement full back Glenn Bryce and lock Robert McAlpine emerged from the wreckage of defeat with credit.
Scorers: England: Tries: Joseph (2), Wade, Trayfoot, Wallace, Ford, Watson, Stuart, Matthews Vunipola. Cons: Ford (5). Pen: Ford.
England: J Wallace; C Wade, J Joseph, O Farrell, M Tuilagi; G Ford, R Glynn; R Buchanan, H Allen, H Thomas, S Twomey, B Glynn, J Trayfoot, M Everard, A Gray. Replacements: M Vunipola, R Bower, P Austin, C Matthews, B Vunipola, S Jones, J Sharpe, A Short, S Edgerley, M Watson.
Scotland: J Forbes; C Morrison, D Gilmour, F Clark, C Bloomfield; G Hunter, S Kennedy; R Turner, D Cherry, S Quigley, R McAlpine, M Roy, A Kirkland, D Finnie, G Lowrie. Replacements: R Boswell, C Wishart, H Oliver, G Bryce.