Wales U20 vs Scotland U20 , Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:30

Wales U20
18 - 15
Full time
Scotland U20
Friday, 12 February, 2016 - 18:30 | Parc Eirias

Scotland under-20 suffered an agonising defeat at the hands of their Welsh counterparts, as replacement Billy McBryde kicked a match-winning penalty in the last minute to give the home-side an 18-15 victory.

Following on from their histroic victory over England in the first round of proceedings, Scotland under-20 were on the cusp of another momentous triumph, in being the first under-20 team to claim victory in Wales, however it was not to be. 

John Dalziel’s side took the lead with a Rory Hutchinson penalty in the 22nd minute, and held it until McBryde’s penalty goal with less than a minute left on the clock.

Scotland went into the half-time interval with a 15-5 lead thanks to tries from Matt Smith and Murray McCallum, and five points from the boot of Hutchinson, putting them in commanding position going into the second period. 

Wales were first on the scoresheet following the break with a Tom Phillips try, and he was closely followed over the whitewash by team-mate Keelan Giles, who tied the score with his effort in the 62nd minute (15-15).

 The scores remained the same until McBryde struck his one-and-only penalty of the game, in the 79th minute, to see the home side claim the spoils.

Run of play

The first twenty minutes were dominated by Scotland, who showed their attacking intent, and posed a real threat on the counter-attack and in utilising the maul as an attacking weapon. 

Wales, unable to cope with Scotland’s physicality at the contact, gave a kickable penalty away in the 22nd minute, to which Hutchinson slotted from 30 metres out to give his side the lead (3-0).

Buoyed by their lead, Scotland rallied once again and this time they were rewarded a try as Matt Smith carried hard from the maul to score his second try in as many weeks. Hutchinson couldn’t hit the target with the conversion attempt (8-0). 

Smith was again involved minutes later when he put in a tremendous try-saving tackle to stop an inevitable Welsh score in the corner from wing Keelan Giles, following a dangerous snipe from scrum-half Reuben Morgan-Williams. 

Wales replied with a try in the 37th minute from back-row Shaun Evans, yet this was nulled only three minutes later when prop Murray McCallum dotted down from a lineout drive to grab Scotland’s second try of the night, and his second of the Championship. Hutchinson added the extras to extend his side’s lead at the end of the first period.

Half-time: Scotland under-20 15 v 5 Wales under-20

The home side opened the second period with a Tom Phillips try shortly after just three minutes, narrowing Scotland’s lead to just five points, before they added another 20 minutes later when wing Keelan Giles crossed the whitewash to tie the scores (15-15). 

With the match moving into the last quarter, both sides had chances to take the lead, yet with fatigue kicking in, the error count started to rise.

With a minute left on the clock, Scotland were penalised for a ruck infringement, and Billy McBryde, who had just entered the fray, was immediately called to action to take the penalty, to which he slotted to give Wales the lead, and, ultimately, the win.

Full-time: Scotland under-20 15 v 18 Wales under-20


Team lineups

Wales U20
Scotland U20


15 Rhun Williams
14 Elis-Wyn Benham
13 Joe Thomas
12 Harri Millard
11 Keelan Giles
10 Dan Jones
9 Reuben Morgan-Williams


1 Corey Domachowski
2 Dafydd Hughes
3 Dillon Lewis
4 Shane Lewis-Hughes
5 Bryce Morgan
6 Tom Phillips
7 Shaun Evans
8 Harrison Keddie


16 Ifan Phillips
17 Robert Lewis
18 Leon Brown
19 James Ratti
20 Morgan Sieniawski
21 Declan Smith
22 Billy McBryde
23 Joe Gage


17 Ben Christie
19 Stephen Ainslie
21 Charlie Shiel
22 Chris Lines

U20 6 Nations Championship 2016 table

1Wales U20550010
2France U2054108
3Ireland U2053206
4Scotland U20 52304
5England U2051402
6Italy U2050500

U20 6 Nations Championship 2016 latest results

Ireland U20 26 v 18 Scotland U20
Wales U20 35 v 6 Italy U20
France U20 41 v 17 England U20
Scotland U20 21 v 36 France U20
England U20 16 v 42 Wales U20