Worcester Warriors young star Matt Kvesic - a product of the AASE scheme at Warriors - the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence - was on the score sheet as the England Under 18s AER side made an impressive start to the AER (Association Europeenne de Rugby) Tournament with a 60-3 win over a physical Georgia side at Hyeres near Toulon.
England made the most of perfect conditions to play a fast and expansive game which brought them nine tries and a secured a semi-final meeting with Ireland back at Hyeres on April 8 - and Worcester Sixth Form College student Kvesic was one of the scorers. Kvesic was joined in the team by young Warriors Chris Fox and Louis Padian.
Wing Marland Yarde led the way with a hat-trick of tries in a performance that pleased England's head coach Paul Mullan and assistants Tim McBennett and Dave Reed.
"Tim was pleased with the support lines we ran and the fact that we ran in some good tries from great distances," Mullan said.
"We ran Georgia around a bit and attacked them through the 13 channel. Ben Ransom made a number of good breaks from full-back and Marland Yarde's hat-trick was supplied by some good ball from Ben Mosses and Henry Staff.
"Dave Reed was pleased with the loose play of our forwards but we need to tighten up in areas of our set piece which is something that we will be working on before we play Ireland."
England were 35-3 up at the break, which included five tries, and they maintained the intensity in the second half despite bringing on five replacements, one enforced when fly-half Tom Heathcote suffered a knee injury.
Apart from Yarde's hat-trick England's other tries were scored by Oliver Robinson, the son of former England flanker and coach, Kvesic, Mike Wilcox, David Francis, Ransom and Heathcote. Heathcote kicked the opening penalty and three conversions before he was injured. Wilcox, who took over the kicking duties, landed three conversions.
The AER Tournament is effectively the European Under-18 Championship and involves 32 countries divided into four groups and seeded. England, who last won the competition three years ago, are in the top group and are seeded third.
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