Yorkshire Carnegie youngster Max Green and Max Wright were amongst the try scorers as England U20 book their spot in the World Rugby U20 World Championship Final against Ireland with victory over South Africa in the semi final.

England are through to the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship after a 39-17 victory over South Africa at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

Martin Haag’s side will now play Ireland in Saturday’s final at the AJ Bell Stadium (7pm).

England scored six tries to set up a clash with Ireland who earlier defeated Argentina to progress.

They led 31-3 at the break, scoring five tries through Max Green, Huw Taylor, Sam Aspland-Robinson, Johnny Williams and Max Malins with Harry Mallinder kicking six points.

The Junior Springboks made a good start to the second half with tries from Edwill van der Merwe and Curwin Bosch who also converted both.

Mallinder's penalty and a Max Wright try extended England’s advantage and settled the game.
Head Coach Martin Haag said "We were really pleased with today and we want to keep improving,

"This group of players surprise me every time they go out on the field with their intent and the way they want to work hard for each other. 

"The first half was outstanding, we played with pace and transitioned well between defence and attack – our defence was strong and we scored some tries off the back of that, our attack was fantastic.

"We didn’t finish the game off as well as we would have liked but some great rugby in that first half and that did the job for us."

Haag says preparation will be key ahead of the match against Ireland – who he says start as favourites on Saturday. Ireland defeated Argentina 37-7 to advance through to the final.

"We are really looking forward to final against Ireland and we need to make sure we turn up for the occasion," he said. "We are delighted to get to this position but we have got another job to do.

"Ireland were superb in their victory and I think that the way they played today will place them as favourites. 

"For us we I think there are still some things that we can improve on. We're looking forward to Saturday already, it should be a great day."

England made the perfect start winning turnover ball and Williams sniped through South Africa’s midfield before passing inside to Green to race through unchallenged under the posts inside two minutes. Mallinder converted for 7-0.

Their second came with Joe Marchant collecting Williams’ grubber through the South Africa midfield before the ball was recycled wide by England’s forwards to Jack Singleton who charged his way over the try line. He was held up however, from the resulting ruck Taylor crashed over for 12-0.

South Africa’s first points came from the boot of Bosch who dissected the posts with a penalty. Ward was then sent to the bin for taking out Malins in the air as he went to collect a high ball.

England’s third try came as forwards and backs combined to recycle the ball wide and Malins flicked the ball to Aspland-Robinson on the right wing to dart over in the corner.

Mallinder converted for 19-3 with Ward returning to the game soon after. Williams continued his impressive half with a try before the break, bundling over after England had driven a line-out to within inches of the South Africa line with the conversion taking the score to 26-3.

Evans was sent to the bin just before the break but the half ended on a positive note after Marchant collected an up and under before off-loading to Malins to cross on the left wing for 31-3.

The Junior Springboks had their first try of the game with van der Merwe collecting an England cross kick inside his own 22m before racing the length of the field to score under the posts. Bosch’s conversion took the score to 31-10.
Bosch then finished off a sharp South Africa attack in midfield with his conversion reducing the deficit to 31-17. Mallinder kicked his first penalty of the game to extend their lead.

Hooker Charlie Piper came on for his first England Under 20 appearance, the 10th player to make his debut in this competition.

Wright went over in the corner after great hands by England created an overlap in the left corner for 39-17.

Try: Max Green, Huw Taylor, Sam Aspland-Robinson, Johnny Williams, Max Malins, Max Wright
Conversions: Harry Mallinder (3)
Penalties: Mallinder (1)

England squad to play South Africa: 
15 Max Malins (Saracens)
14 Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins)
13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
12 Johnny Williams (London Irish)
11 Matt Gallagher (Saracens)
10 Harry Mallinder – Captain (Northampton Saints)
9 Max Green (Yorkshire Carnegie)
1 Lewis Boyce (Yorkshire Carnegie)

2 Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)
3 Billy Walker (Saracens)
4 Stan South (Harlequins)
5 Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)
6 George Nott (Sale Sharks)
7 Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
8 Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons)

16 Charlie Piper (Harlequins)
17 Tom West (Wasps)
18 Will Stuart (Wasps)
19  Andrew Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
20 Jack Willis (Wasps)
21 Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby)
22 Max Wright (Yorkshire Carnegie)
23 Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
England Pool B fixtures:
England 48-10 Italy (Tuesday 7 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 44-0 Scotland (Saturday 11 June) KO 18:00, Manchester City Academy Stadium
England 17-13 Australia (Wednesday 15 June) KO 19:45 AJ Bell Stadium
England 39-17 South Africa (Monday 20 June) KO 19:45, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Final England v Ireland (Saturday 25 June) 7pm AJ Bell Stadium