Belgrade 11.08.2018. Venue: NC Makiš. Kick off 18.00 H, Attendance 650, Referee: Benjamin Casty (FRA) Touch Judges: Half time: 10-10
Points for France: 4 Tries: Laguerre (6, 43), Carre (21), Lima (37), Goals: Bertrand 3/4, penalty goals: Bertrand 2/2 (50, 60).
Points for England: 5 Tries: Tedre (9, 54) Mac Mahon (19), Harrison (63) Kenyon (66), Goals: Mac Mahon 2/5
FRANCE: Corentin Rey, Miki Bauer, Matthieu Leguerre, Louis Carre, Guillaume Gorka, David De Macedo, Thimothe Bertrand, Florian Vailhen, Thomas Lacans, Barthelemy Rouge, Corentin Le Cam, Sebastien Bled, Mathieu Jassaume Subs: Pierre Fourquet, Pierre Jean Lima, Francois Dorce Hantz, Hugo Salabio
ENGLAND: Curtis Teare, Ben Selby, Robert Crompton, Brandon Wood, James Golksbra-Miller, Gary McMahon, Calum Coleman, Leon Harber, Callum Wood, Jake Bradley, Liam Kenyon, George Senior, Louis Brogan. Subs: Elias Harrison, Ben Holmes, Sam Favell, Joe Digby
France is the Champion of Europe, after three victories and triumphs in the final against England 26-24 (10-10) in the U19 European Championship at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade. France almost led the game, but the English never taught. France, despite being without three players who flew to England to make their debuts for Catalans Dragons in the Super League on Friday night.
France general manager Florian Chautard commented: “It is a magnificent achievement by this team. It was very nerve-racking at the end when we saw England come back, but the win is just rewards for all the hard work put in by this squad.”
“We worked hard all game and figured out their system but gave ourselves too much to do at the end,” said England head coach Allan Coleman, “The lads are really disappointed but it’s still a great achievement by this squad and I couldn’t be prouder of the boys.”