England have reached their sixth consecutive final in a tight match against South Africa in the Semi-Finals. The match, taking place in Narbonne ended with a just a point seperating the two teams, and with England leading 22-7 at halftime with tries from Tom Parton, Tom Hardwick, Ben White and seven points from the boot of Marcus Smith.
Much like their senior counterparts, England endured an onslaught from the Southern Hemisphere team, scraping through and getting the win despite the Springboks best efforts.
Steve Bates said: “It is a great achievement for these guys, they played some really good rugby in the first half but couldn’t quite get enough ball in the second which meant it ended up being a tight game.
“Jordan’s try in the second half proved to be decisive and now we have a tough game to prepare for on Sunday.
“The first half went as we planned, we played quickly and stretched them really well. We moved the ball well and also counter attacked well.
“From the forwards perspective that was a gruelling game, and this side’s spirit shone through in those final moments. Now we have to recover and prepare for Sunday’s final.”
England will face France in the final after Les Bleus beat New Zealand 16-7
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) June 12, 2018