6th August 2018, 10:49 | england_lions

England Lions U19's beat Serbia

England Lions U19's beat Serbia

England Lions U19s clinched an impressive 64 – 0 win over Serbia in the historic opening match of the U19s European Championship at the Makis Stadium.  

The game saw hattricks for captain Curtis Teare and Rob Compton, summarised the strong performance from Allan Coleman’s men, allowing them to dominate the game for the most part. 

The game also marked debuts for Ben Selby, Jake Bradley, Calum Coleman, Cam Heath, Callum Wood, Sam Flavell, Louis Brogan, and Elias Harrison.  

A strong start for the team, saw the score line slowly creep up to 34 unanswered points at half time, the first try coming at 4 minutes by Rob Compton, followed swiftly by a try from Brandon Wood on 7 minutes. Both were successfully converted by No. 14 Gary McMahon, putting the score at 12 – 0.  

5 minutes later (on 12th minute of game), Captain, Curtis Teare scored his first of three tries. This was followed by another try from Rob Compton at 19 minutes, with Curtis’s second coming in the 24th minute. Both were converted by Gary McMahon, taking the score to 28 – 0.  

A final try in the last minutes of the first half by Joe Digby, brought the score line to 34 – 0, following a successful conversion from Gary McMahon.  

The start of the second half saw a try for Sam Flavell in the 37th minute, which again was successfully converted by Gary McMahon. Taking the score to 40 – 0.  

Three tries then followed in quick succession, by Cameron Hetherington, Curtis Teare and Rob Compton. The latter two gaining their hattrick’s for the match. All were successfully converted meaning the score line now stood at 58 – 0.  

A final try in the last two minutes (68th) saw George Senior score his first of the game, again a successful conversion occurred. Making the final score 64 – 0 to England Community Lions U19s and securing them a place in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.  

Head Coach, Allan Coleman, said post-match: “We are extremely satisfied with today’s game, the lads put in a good performance for their first hit-out together.  

"We have a few things to work on, and these will be our focus over the next few days before the next game.”  

England Community Lions U19s will next face either Wales or Ukraine in the semi-final at 6pm.