England out of Junior World Cup after defeat
South Africa U20...28 England U20...15
RUGBY: Plymouth Albion young gun Luke Cowan-Dickie was part of the England Under-20 team, who went down 28-15 to a clinical South Africa at the Cape Town Stadium in the IRB Junior World Championship.
The 18-year-old prop, who will be dual registered with Albion next season from Exeter Chiefs, started up front alongside Gloucester and former Ivybridge Community College hooker Koree Britton.
After a low scoring but physical first half the Baby Boks came out of the blocks all guns blazing in the second period, scoring four tries on the way to a bonus point win.
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The loss means England will not contest the semi-finals for the first time since the competition's inception in 2008.
Instead England now prepare for a fifth place semi-final against Six Nations rivals Ireland.
Head coach Rob Hunter's side had the first chance to get on the scoreboard but first Tom Heathcote and then Tommy Bell missed difficult kicks.
England were forced into making a 30th minute change when fly-half Heathcote went off with a knock and was replaced by Ben Ransom, with Bell moving to fly-half.
Bell got the first points of the game, kicking three points from just over halfway to make it 3-0 at the break.
The second half brought 17 points in just eight minutes. Bell's second successful kick was sandwiched between two well-worked tries for the Baby Boks.
First William Small-Smith ran clear to score before Shaun Adendorff made it 14-6 with 30 minutes left to play. A couple of Bell penalties brought England to within a point, but South Africa hit back with two tries to claim the bonus point.
Another Bell penalty got England to within 13 points and two converted tries would have been enough to send them through, but the breakthrough never came.
England captain Chris Walker was understandably upset with the result.
"We're absolutely gutted," he said. "We thought we contained them well in the first half and perhaps edged it, but credit where it's due, they really turned it on in the second 40."