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Your News John Fletcher: That's some of the best I've seen

After witnessing his England U18 side clinch victory with the last play of their FIRA/AER Championship semi-final, Head Coach John Fetcher has said that England played some of the best rugby hes seen.

London Irish wing Anthony Watson went over the line with seconds left to play to secure a 38-34 win, and Fletcher said:

For the last 15 minutes we were outstanding, Its some of the best rugby any Under 18 team that Ive coached have played. The game could have gone either way, but often when you finish games the strongest you come out on top.

It was a close one we cut it quite fine, but you have to play for the full 70-minutes. We started quite brightly, getting an early try, but we were second best for the rest of the half. I was really pleased with the second half effort though, we came out and increased the intensity and moved them around. We though that if we did that wed create a few gaps, and fortunately thats what happened.

England will now face Ireland in the final after the Irish beat hosts France 19-17 in the other semi-final. Fletcher's side have already played Ireland this season, beating them 29-12 in Dublin in December, but the former Newcastle Falcons Head Coach has said that England can't take anything for granted:

Its irrelevant what has happened in the past," Fletcher said. "Ireland have beaten a strong French side and theyll be up for the final. At this level its about who turns up on the day, the margins between the elite sides in the northern hemisphere are marginal but were confident that we can produce.

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