Goode is centre of attention

PUBLISHED: 12:02 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

HATFIELD student Alex Goode was named man of the match after England U20s scored an impressive 41-15 win over Scotland in the Six Nations. Goode created three tries while adding a penalty and two conversions to guide England to just one win away from thei

HATFIELD student Alex Goode was named man of the match after England U20s scored an impressive 41-15 win over Scotland in the Six Nations.

Goode created three tries while adding a penalty and two conversions to guide England to just one win away from their first ever Grand Slam.

The young England side had gone into the game unbeaten in the competition after victories over Wales 28-15, Italy 22-13 and France 24-6.

To claim the Grand Slam they will now have to overcome Ireland in Gloucester on tomorrow (Friday) night.

In the fine success over the Scots, Saracens star Goode, who studies at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, certainly played his part after being moved to inside centre from fly-half.

He scored a penalty after five minutes and then set up a try during the encounter in Falkirk.

Goode turned defence into attack on the right-hand side before offloading to Seb Stegmann, who touched down.

He successfully kicked the conversion.

Goode's Saracens team-mate Noah Cato grabbed the second try before Hugo Ellis put down the third to give England a 22-3 half-time lead.

Just before the break, Saracens lock Ben Thomas was sent off for an alleged butting incident, leaving England a man light for the remainder.

Lewis Calder pulled a try back for the Scots as they searched for a way back into the encounter.

However, three touchdowns from Joe Simpson, Matthew Cox, set up by Goode, and a second for Cato put the game out of Scotland's reach.

Miller took over the kicking from Goode to add two conversions and England were romping to victory at 41-8.

The hosts did manage a late converted Lewis Niven try, making the final score 41-15.

All attention now is to the final game against Ireland on Friday night, with the match being shown on Sky.

A repeat performance would surely be enough for the England U20 side to claim the Six Nations Grand Slam ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Goode has again been selected at centre.


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