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England claim U16 European crown as Scotland take shield

A penalty by 'Player of the Tournament' Tom Gilmour two minutes from time gave England the European Cup Under 16's crown as they defeated France 22-14 in Belgrade.
England claim U16 European crown as Scotland take shield
by NRL

A penalty by 'Player of the Tournament' Tom Gilmour two minutes from time gave England the European Cup Under 16's crown as they defeated France 22-14 in Belgrade.

The English were holding a one score advantage going into the final stages of a tremendous, passionate clash when a dangerous tackle allowed stand off Gilmour to pot the decisive goal.

France opened the scoring in the ninth minute, loose forward Pierre Louis Bourrel grubbering through on the last tackle for second rower Martial Romano to cross, Joan Guasch adding the extras.

Two tries in eight minutes from centre Chris Taylor gave England the lead, the first a superb length of the field solo effort, the second in the corner after a sweeping move and decisive pass from Gilmour, who converted the initial touchdown to make it 10-6 at the break.

The French were aggrieved to have had what would have been an equalising score ruled out for a forward pass just before the break and they found themselves further behind straight after it, as England posted two tries in as many minutes.

Winger Mike McMeeken went over out wide after more fine handling across the line and Gilmour's fine kick deceived the French defence for fellow winger Ben Warrilow to cross in the opposite corner, both tries being unconverted.

Bourrel burrowed over on the hour to give France hope, Damien Cardace getting free out wide after the England defence had been sucked in to make it 20-14 to set up a frantic finale.

England held on, with Gilmour's boot landing Chris Chapman's men the trophy.

EUROPEAN CUP - ENGLAND 22 FRANCE 14 (Half time 10-6)

ENGLAND
1 Jamie Hodgkiss
4 Mike Mcmeeken
20 Mark Perival
3 Chris Taylor
5 Ben Warillow
6 Tom Gilmour
7 Danny Yates
8 Liam Mcavoy
9 Connor Spencer
10 Lewis Whitty
11 Ben Currie
12 John Bateman

13
Stevie Ward

Subs
14 Connor Farrell
15 Ben Finder
16 James Saltonstall
17 Lewis Foster

Tries: Taylor (21, 29), McMeeken (42), Warrilow (44)
Goals: Gilmour 3

FRANCE
1 Valentin Ferret
2 Tony Maurel
3 Guillaume Guigue
4 Damien Cardace
5 Romain Penault
6 Joris Bissiere
7 Yoann Didone
8 Nicolas Varas
9 Joan Guasch
10 Thibaut Margalet
11 Charles Bouzinac
12 Martial Romano
13 Pierre Louis Bourrel

Subs
14 Thio Bonneriez
15 Benjamin Garcia
16 Maxime Peault
17 Paul Barbaza

Tries: Romano (9), Bourrel (60), Cardace (63)
Goals: Guasch

Men of the match: ENGLAND - Tom Percival FRANCE - Joan Guasch

In the European Shield decider, SCOTLAND emerged victorious after a terrific battle with SERBIA, winning 26-16 against the competition hosts.

Prop Dejan Lukenic open the scoring for the Serbians, powering over in the 10th minute but then it was all Scotland.

Sinclair Matthews went over in the corner after a fine run from Scot Wilson, and the winger claimed his second try five minutes later when burrowing in after constant Bravehearts pressure.

Three penalties in succession left the Serbians under the cosh and Robbie Thompson broke two tackles to go over on an arcing run just before the break.

Serbia knocked on from the kick off to the second period and from the scrum stand off David Scott jinked clear and added his second goal to make it 20-6 but the home team fought back.

Second rower Stefan Nedeljkovic was too strong to hold out, Dragan Kranjcec gaoling before Wilson and Matthews setting up Stuart Duthie for the clinching score in the corner, Scott superbly adding the extras.

Serbia gained a deserved consolation score, Stevan Stevanovic finding a gap from a Kranjcec pass.

EUROPEAN SHIELD - SERBIA 16 SCOTLAND 26 (Half time 14-6)

SERBIA
1 Emil Corovic
2 Tomica Kostic
3 Nikola Radivojevic
4 Djordje Salai
5 Igor Bajic
6 Stevan Stevanovic
7 Vojislav Dedic
8 Dejan Lukenic
9 Dragan Kranjcec
10 Milan Aleksic
11 Stefan Nedeljkovic
12 Milos Calic
13 Igor Tintor

Subs
14 Nikola Stojanovic
15 Marko Miljkovic
16 Dejan Cvitkovac
17 Marko Vlahovic

Tries: Lukenic (10), Nedeljkovic (39), Stevanovic (67)
Goals: Kranjcec 2

SCOTLAND
1 Scot Wilson
18 Stuart Duthie
4 Sinclair Mathews
3 Frazer Satti
2 Calum Ford
6 David Scott
7 Ben Anderson
8 Paul Henry Jackson
14 Jordan Duncan
16 Deren McNeil
11 Tom Henry
13 Robbie Tompson
19 Nathan Morris
9 Louis Senter

Subs
17 - Ryan McKenna
15 Robin McNamara
12 Jason Sharkie
9 Louis Senter

Tries: Matthews (22, 27), Thompson (32), Scott (36), Duthie (64)
Goals: Scott 3

Men of the match: SERBIA - Stevan Stevanovic SCOTLAND - David Scott

After the final round of matches, at a celebratory dinner for all the competing sides and officials, the 'Team of the Tournament' was announced:

1 - Scott Wilson (Scotland)
2 - Roman Perault (France)
3 - Stevan Stevanovic (Serbia)
4 - Jack Pring (Wales)
5 - Ben Warrilow (England)
6 - Tom Gilmour (England)
7 - David Scott (Scotland)
8 - Liam McAvoy (England)
9 - Connor Spencer (England)
10 - Theo Bonneriez (France)
11 - Damien Cardace (France)
12 - Ben Whitehead (Euro Celts - Ireland)
13 - Rhodri Lloyd (Wales)

Half backs were deemed to be the 'Players of the Tournament', Tom Gilmour taking the award in the Cup and David Scott the top accolade in the Shield.


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