Wales Women's Under 20s put up a strong showing before a 14-minute blitz by England secured the home side a hard fought 17-7 victory at Surrey Sports Park.
After second row Amy Millar had put England ahead in the 16th minute with a try, Wales struck back through prop Alex Stokes and hit the lead with Yasmin Leung's conversion.
Wales's staunch defence kept England at bay until the 42nd minute when influential fly half Emily Scott took matters into her own hands and took control of proceedings.
She sliced over for a try which she duly converted to give England a 12-7 lead before finally subduing Wales with a second touchdown in the 56th minute.
In the curtain raiser, England Under 18s Talent Development Group swept aside the challenge of Wales U18s TDG by a flattering 30-7 margin.
The Welsh side put up a spirited display considering they went into the match with just two training sessions and a trial behind them.
The backline showed some real glimpses of class while full back Rachel Rees, who scored Wales's try, gave an eye catching performance.
* The Welsh Universities Sevens side had mixed success in Edinburgh for the British Univeristy Games.
The side, which featured Welsh U20s Charlotte Murray and Amy Lawrence along with Wales hooker Beck Newton, went down to England 24-0 and lost to Scotland by the same margin before prevailing 24-0 over Northern Ireland.
Welsh 7s squad: Becky Newton, Charlotte Murray, Amy Lawrence, Emma Thomas, Laura Haley, Sara Williams, Abby Nascimento, Sam Lumb, Siwan Lillicrap, Caryl Hughes, Ceri Bowen.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.