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Rugby union: Nuthall and Swales doubles hit England; YESTERDAY'S ACTION Wales Under-21 35 England Under-21 9.

Wales had a fifth successive win over England at under-21 level, wing Matthew Nuthall and full-back Gareth Swales claiming try doubles while Cardiff fly-half Nicky Robinson booted 15 points at The Gnoll.

Wales raced clear after Robinson and opposite number Warren Spragg shared four penalties during the opening quarter.

But referee Eric Darriere dominated proceedings, the French official sin-binning five players, including England backs Marcel Garvey and Spencer Davey.

Robinson booted Wales ahead with a seventh-minute penalty but Spragg cancelled that out five minutes later and then edged England ahead.

That was the cue for Darriere to take over, and four yellow cards during a 16-minute spell. Wales flanker Mark Lewis latetackled Garvey, then Llanelli lock Bryn Griffiths departed. Gloucester star Garvey received a yellow card for what appeared to be a technical infringement, and Wales scored ten unanswered points while he was off after Spragg missed two penalties.

Crisp midfield passing led to a try on the overlap for Pontypridd wing Nuthall, which Robinson converted, and then he completed his penalty hat-trick when Davey impeded a Welsh attacker off the ball.

England trailed 16-6 at the interval and four minutes after the restart.

Llanelli scrum-half Michael Phillips steered the Welsh forwards to within touching distance of the England line. When the visitors were stretched, Swales finished off a simple move. Robinson converted from the touchline - 23-6.

Spragg added another penalty on 52 minutes but Nuthall and Swales completed an impressive demolition job in the closing eight minutes before replacement hooker Chris Rowland became England's third player to be sin-binned.

Ireland A defeated their Italian counterparts 28-11 in Rovigo, while their Under-21s won 30-19 in Viadana.
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Date:Feb 22, 2003
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