Scotland U20 vs Wales U20, Sat, 25/06/2016 - 16:30

Scotland U20
19 - 42
Full time
Wales U20
Saturday, 25 June, 2016 - 16:30 | Manchester City Academy Stadium

It was tonight confirmed Scotland under-20 equalled their highest ever World Rugby Under-20 Championship finish of eighth, following a 42-19 defeat to Wales in the tournament’s seveneth place play-off at Manchester City Academy Stadium.

In an open and fluid encounter, both teams played an attacking stlye of rugby, much to the delight of the crowd, yet it was Wales who proved more clinicial, with Scotland’s errors proving costly at potential turning points in the game.

Wales stand-off was first up to have a crack at goal in the ninth minute, yet his penalty attempt struck the post and fell wide, with Scotland full-back Ruairi Howarth subsequently clearing danger.

Wales re-gathered momentum, however, and wing Jared Rosser crossed the whitewash to score just two minutes later, with Evans this time hitting the target to give his side a 7-0 lead.

Tighthead prop Dillon Lewis followed suit when he peeled off a driving maul to touch down in the 19th minute, with Evans again successful from the kicking-tee. 

Stand-off Adam Hastings was the catalyst in Scotland’s reply as he danced his way through the Welsh midfield to take his side into the opposition 22m, which allowed the ball to be shipped wide to wing Robbie Nairn to finish with the score.

Hastings made a sweet connection with the conversion attempt and the ball sailed through the uprights to close the gap (7-14).

Scotland started to exert the pressure with momentum in their favour, yet Welsh stand-off Evans scored a fantastic individual effort against the run of play to widen the gap, with his conversion re-establishing his side’s 14-point lead.

Half-time: Scotland under-20 7 – 21 Wales under-20

Under-20 Six Nations Grand Slam champions, Wales, built on their strong first-half display with an early surge in the opening ten minutes of the second-hlaf with back-row Shane Lewis-Hughes and outside centre Joe Thomas both crossing the whitewash in the opening exchnages following the interval.

Evans maintained his 100% record from the tee in converting both scores to give his side a convincing 35-7 lead as the game approached the 50 minute mark.

Scotland showed their resilience and replied first through hooker Lewis Anderson, who was the beneficiary of a driving lineout maul, and Aelx Craig who rumbled over from close range to score a try in his starting debut for the age-grade side.

Hastings converted the latter to reduce the deficit to 16 points with six minutes left on the clock (19-35).

However, the momentum was quickly annulled when Wales replacement dotted down for his side’s sixth less than a minute after Craig’s try, putting his side out of sight and effectively closing the game out in favour of the Welsh.

Full-time: Scoltand under-20 19 – 42 Wales under-20

Team lineups

Scotland U20
Wales U20

Backs

15
14
13
12 Matt McPhillips
11 Cammy Gray
10
9

Backs

15 Rhun Williams
14 Tom Williams
13 Joe Thomas
12 Harri Millard
11 Jared Rosser
10 Jarrod Evans
9 Reuben Morgan-Williams

Forwards

1 Corey Domachowski
2 Dafydd Hughes
3 Dillon Lewis
4 Bryce Morgan
5 Seb Davies
6 Shane Lewis-Hughes
7 Morgan Sieniawski
8 Harrison Keddie

Substitutes

16 Fraser Renwick
17
18 Adam Nicol
19 Stephen Ainslie
20 Scott Burnside
21
22 Lewis Berg
23

Substitutes

16 Liam Belcher
17 Rhys Fawcett
18 Kieron Assiratti
19 Leon Brown
20 Kieran Williams
21 Declan Smith
22 Daniel Jones
23 Joe Gage

World Rugby U20 Championship 2016 table

PosTeamPWLDPts
1England U20330014
2Australia U20422011
3Scotland U20 52308
4Wales U2011004
5Italy U2030300

World Rugby U20 Championship 2016 latest results

Scotland U20 19 v 42 Wales U20
Scotland U20 19 v 35 Australia U20
England U20 17 v 13 Australia U20
Scotland U20 27 v 19 Italy U20
England U20 44 v 0 Scotland U20