England U20s lost their second game in a row in the U20s Six Nations last night with defeat to Wales at Kingsholm.
Wales led the game at half-time with tries from Sam Costelow and Bradley Roderick and despite a second-half England fightback the Welsh held on thanks to 10 points from Costelow’s boot.
Here are four things we learnt from the game at Kingsholm.
Sam Costelow has the quality to be Wales’s future 10
Having already trained with the senior squad this campaign, Costelow is already clearly on Wayne Pivac’s mind but last nights performance may push the young ten to the forefront.
Costelow scored his sides first try with a moment of individual brilliance to break the English defence, before setting up Bradley Roderick’s try with another impressive break.
As well as the try and assist, Costelow added 13 points from the boot including the game-winning drop goal.
With a move back to Wales confirmed for next season, it will be interesting to see how Costelow progresses at the Scarlets while competing with the likes of Rhys Patchell and Dan Jones for the ten shirt.
Handling errors prove costly for England
England rarely looked dangerous in the first half, but when the backline tried to get going forward passes and dropped balls stopped any forward progression.
This happened twice directly from kick-off including after two England tries which disrupted any rhythm they’d gained.
Handling errors also cost England a try after the TMO ruled out a try from Tom Roebuck for a forward pass earlier in the move.
Steward lucky to remain on the pitch
The TMO was at the heart of the action at Kingsholm, correctly ruling out an England try as well as giving one in the second half.
But the most controversial decision was made when England full-back Freddie Steward was sin-binned for tackling his opposite number in the air.
The incident took a while to decide, and with Beetham landing badly, many around the ground thought Steward should have seen red.
Wales show heart to hold on
After two consecutive losses to start the tournament against Italy and Ireland, you could be forgiven for thinking that Wales may roll over for the rest of the tournament.
But since these losses, the Welsh side have beaten World Champions France and came into this game in form and started the game strongly.
But despite a strong England side pressuring them and taking the lead, Wales showed strong character to get themselves back again and to hold on for a famous victory.