Former Stamford RFC junior Olver central to England U20s’ quarter-final victory

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Former Stamford RFC junior Sam Olver has booked England under-20s a place in the Junior World Cup semi-final.

Olver kicked a late penalty to secure England u20 a 17-16 win over Argentina u20 at North Harbour Stadium, in Auckland, New Zealand, this morning (Tuesday).

Olver, who grew up in the Deepings, mastered difficult wet conditions to kick 12 points in the win.

The former Oundle School pupil who plays for Northampton Saints hit three penalties to Argentina’s two in the first half to make it 9-6 at half time.

After the break Argentina captain Patricio Fernandez kicked his third penalty of the game to level the scores.

England eventually broke the tight Puma defence in the 55th minute when Leicester Tigers winger George Catchpole went over in the corner with a dive after he was set free by Aaron Morris.

Olver was unable to put the game out of reach with his conversion effort sailing just wide of the uprights, and when Argentina centre Emiliano Boffelli scored in the 69th minute it looked like the Pumas may break English hearts.

The opposition skipper did his best with a beautiful touchline conversion to give his side the lead for the first time in the quarter-final.

But with just a minute left to play England won a penalty and Olver showed nerves of steel to coolly slot the game winning penalty.

Reigning champions England now face Ireland in semi-final.