England Knights thrash Scotland at Meggetland to lift Alitalia European Cup
Last Updated: 29/10/12 12:17pm
Knights celebrate their success
England Knights clinched the Alitalia European Cup with a 62-24 victory over Scotland.
Despite being forced to make late changes after Shaun Lunt and Luke Gale withdrew due to injury and Michael Lawrence was struck down by illness, the Knights ran out comfortable winners at Meggetland.
Kieron Purtill's new-look line-up did fall behind when prop Mitch Stringer barrelled his way over after only five minutes.
"It's great to get the first bit of silverware on board for this group."
However, the Knights - who had defeated Ireland 56-4 last week - quickly levelled with the first of two tries from London Broncos' Dan Sarginson.
Centre Rhys Evans, winger Jodie Broughton and prop Scott Taylor also bagged braces for the visitors.
England's other tries came from prop George Burgess, winger Keiran Dixon and stand-off Jordan Turner, who also booted nine goals for a personal haul of 22 points.
Stand-off Lee Paterson, second row Brett Phillips and debutant Craig Borthwick did cross for Scotland, with David Scott kicking three conversions.
"It's great to get the first bit of silverware on board for this group," said Purtill.
"There were some very good performances out there today and it was pleasing to top that off with a trophy."
Purtill was particularly pleased with the way his squad coped with the late disruption to their preparations.
"They've put a bit of pressure on the next group of Knights coming through - we talk about setting the standard for the next groups to follow and they've certainly raised the bar," he added.
"We were unfortunate during the week to lose Shaun Lunt and Luke Gale to injury and Michael Lawrence to illness and that probably disjointed us a little in our preparation but the lads pulled through together and showed great spirit.
"A special mention goes to Ben Currie, who came on board late and showed the right attitude and the right spirit to be involved and that's been a key factor in this group."