A brilliant night of U20 6 Nations action saw the tournament blown wide open as Scotland beat Wales, while Ireland beat France and England enjoyed a huge win over Italy.
Those results mean that Ireland top the table with two victories, while Scotland, Wales, and England sit behind with one each, while Italy remain winless.
It was an extraordinary comeback from Scotland, who picked up their first 6 Nations win since 2013, and a first v Wales since 2009. At half time Wales had scored four tries to Scotlandâ€™s one, however 14 points from George Horne meant that it was only 24-19 to Wales at the break.
Early in the second half it was all Scotland though, as they pulled out from 24-19 behind to 36-27 in front. Wales picked up a late score to leave a frantic few final minutes left on the clock, but the hosts held on for an excellent 36-34 victory.
For Scotland it was the perfect way to bounce back following last weekâ€™s defeat to France, while for Wales it was a disappointing comedown following that victory over England last week, but they will feel confident of bouncing back again.
Ireland meanwhile collected a second victory to ensure they stayed top of the table. Both Ireland and France had scored exactly 47 points last weekend so this one was expected to be close.
The first half was reasonably even but Ireland took a 20-10 lead into the break courtesy of tries from wingers Stephen Fitzgerald and Jack Owens.
Two further tries in the second half from full back Billy Dardis and outside centre Garry Ringrose gave the hosts a 37-20 victory, a fine win over an excellent French side, and a victory that gives Ireland the momentum in this U20 6 Nations.
England have a fair bit of momentum too now though, as they hammered Italy 61-0 to bounce back form their opening day defeat to Wales in superb style.
The nine try rout included a hat-trick for the young Harlequins centre, former Peter Symonds pupil, Joe Marchant, and a brace for Northampton Saints winger and 2014 JWC winner, Howard Packman.
In all England ran in five first half scores, one each for Packman and Marchant, as well as tries for Bristol loosehead Ellis Genge, Leicester flanker Will Owen, and former Oaklands Colelge product George Perkins, the Saracens winger.
Four further tries followed in the second half, in what became a torrential rainstorm in Plymouth, slowing the play considerably. Marchant added two to his tally, while Packman added his second, before Leicesterâ€™s Jake Farnworth rounded off the scoring with a few minutes left to play. Marchant also added a conversion, while Bathâ€™s former Bryanston School outside half, Rory Jennings, landed seven.
It was the perfect response from England after that disappointing loss to Wales on the opening weekend, and John Callardâ€™s men will now be eyeing a tilt at the Championship, though it looks like they will need to at the very least beat Ireland to do so.
U20 6 Nations Round 2 Results:
Scotland 36-34 Wales
Ireland 37-20 France
England 61-0 Italy
15. Ruairi HowarthÂ 14. Ruaraidh SmithÂ 13. Archie RussellÂ 12. Patrick KellyÂ 11. Alec CoombesÂ 10. Rory HutchinsonÂ 9. George HorneÂ 1. Murray McCallumÂ 2. Ross GrahamÂ 3. Zander FagersonÂ 4. Scott CummingsÂ 5. Lewis CarmichaelÂ 6. Neil Irvine-HessÂ 7. Jamie RitchieÂ 8. Magnus Bradbury.
Replacements: 16. Jake KerrÂ 17. Dan ElkingtonÂ 18. Jack OwlettÂ 19. Andrew DavidsonÂ 20. Ally MillerÂ 21. Andrew MansonÂ 22. Tom GalbraithÂ 23. Ben Robbins.
15. Dafydd HowellsÂ 14. Joshua AdamsÂ 13. Owen WatkinÂ 12. Garyn SmithÂ 11. Barney NightingaleÂ 10. Dan JonesÂ 9. Tom WilliamsÂ 1. Luke GarrettÂ 2. Liam BelcherÂ 3. Dillon LewisÂ 4. Joe DaviesÂ 5. Adam BeardÂ 6. Tom PhillipsÂ 7. Ollie GriffithsÂ 8. Harrison Keddie.
Replacements:Â 16. Torin MyhillÂ 17. Keagan BaleÂ 18. Leon BrownÂ 19. Rory BartleÂ 20. Jordan ViggersÂ 21. Kieran HardyÂ 22. James WhittinghamÂ 23. Rhys Williams.
15. Billy DardisÂ 14. Jack OwensÂ 13. Garry RingroseÂ 12. Sam ArnoldÂ 11. Stephen FitzgeraldÂ 10. Ross ByrneÂ 9. Nick McCarthyÂ 1. Jeremy LoughmanÂ 2. Zac McCallÂ 3. Oisin HeffernanÂ 4. David O’ConnorÂ 5. Alexander ThompsonÂ 6. Josh MurphyÂ 7. Rory MoloneyÂ 8. Lorcan Dow.
Replacements:Â 16. Adam McBurneyÂ 17. Michael LaganÂ 18. Conan O’DonnellÂ 19. Cian RomaineÂ 20. Nick TimoneyÂ 21. Jack CullenÂ 22. Joey CarberyÂ 23. Fergal Cleary.
15. Thomas RamosÂ 14. Arthur BonnevalÂ 13. Elliot RoudilÂ 12. Francois FontaineÂ 11. Lucas BlancÂ 10. Lucas MeretÂ 9. Anthony MericÂ 1. Rodrigue NetiÂ 2. Julien MarchandÂ 3. Michael SimutogaÂ 4. Tristan LabouteleyÂ 5. Cyril CazeauxÂ 6. Sekou MacalouÂ 7. Lucas BachelierÂ 8. Fabien Sanconnie.
Replacements:Â 16. Camille ChatÂ 17. Thibault EstorgeÂ 18. Quentin BethuneÂ 19. Julien DelannoyÂ 20. Martin DevergieÂ 21. Antoine DupontÂ 22. Damian PenaudÂ 23. Valentin Saurs.
15. Piers O’ConorÂ 14. George PerkinsÂ 13. Joe MarchantÂ 12. Charlie ThackerÂ 11. Howard PackmanÂ 10. Rory JenningsÂ 9. Stuart TownsendÂ 1. Ellis GengeÂ 2. Jack WalkerÂ 3. Paul HillÂ 4. Kieran TreadwellÂ 5. Charlie EwelsÂ 6. Charlie BeckettÂ 7. Will OwenÂ 8. James Chisholm.
Replacements:Â 16. Jake FarnworthÂ 17. Tom WestÂ 18. Ciaran ParkerÂ 19. Joe BatleyÂ 20. Sam SkinnerÂ 21. James MitchellÂ 22. Tom MortonÂ 23. Tom Howe.
15. Giacomo De SantisÂ 14. Luca SperandioÂ 13. Matteo GabbianelliÂ 12. Enrico LucchinÂ 11. Tommaso BeraldinÂ 10. Matteo MinozziÂ 9. Luca PetrozziÂ 1. Federico PavesiÂ 2. Luhandre LuusÂ 3. Paulo BuonfiglioÂ 4. Ugo D’OnofrioÂ 5. Davide FragnitoÂ 6. Dennis BergaminÂ 7. Matteo ArchettiÂ 8. Matteo Cornelli.
Replacements:Â 16. Vincenzo BarbusciaÂ 17. Andrea CincottoÂ 18. Enjel MakelaraÂ 19. Leonard KrumovÂ 20. Jake PolledriÂ 21. Riccardo RaffaeleÂ 22. Pietro LamaroÂ 23. Pierre Bruno.
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