Australia U20 vs Scotland U20 , Tue, 07/06/2016 - 17:30

Australia U20
10 - 15
Full time
Scotland U20
Tuesday, 7 June, 2016 - 17:30 | AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Scotland under-20 kick-started their World Rugby Under-20 Championship campaign with a monumental, 15-10, victory over their Australian counterparts at AJ Bell Stadium.

Tries from prop Zander Fagerson and wing Darcy Graham, accompanied by a penalty and conversion from stand-off Adam Hastings, gave Scotland their first ever win over the Wallabies at under-20 level after three previous meetings.

The side now have four days to recover before they’re back in action against hosts England, at the Manchester City Academy Stadium this Saturday (kick-off 6pm).

Head Coach John Dalziel said: “The result is really special and I’m really pleased for the boys as they’ve put in so much work in ahead of the game.

“We went out there expecting to do well against this team. A lot of people may have thought we were the underdogs, but there’s real belief here.

“We’re extremely happy that we got the result – what a start to the tournament – but we’ve got a huge four days turnaround and a lot of work to do.

“Sometimes when you have the man advantage, you start to think the jobs is done, but we showed a lot of character in that position.  Australia threw a lot at us in the last ten minutes, but the character was there and I felt comfortable with our defence.”

The game opened in a fast and furious fashion, with referee Thomas Charabas brandishing his first yellow card of the match after only five minutes following a dangerous tackle from Australian centre Campbell Magnay.

Scotland were also dealt a blow in the initial exchanges with back-row Lewis Wynne forced to the sidelines to be replaced in the back-row by Ally Miller.

Despite not being able to take advantage of their extra man in Magnay’s absence, Scotland were first on the scoreboard as Adam Hastings slotted a penalty in the 18th minute following an Australian scrum infringement.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the men in gold responded through lock Izack Rodda, who hit a short line from the ruck to split the Scottish defence and score under the posts. Stand-off Mack Mason converted the score to give Australia a 7-3 lead after 25 minutes, which they maintained through to the interval.

Half-time: Scotland U20 3 – 7 Australia U20

Scotland looked boisterous as they emerged for the second-half, immediately taking the game to their opposition, with scrum-half Hugh Fraser coming within inches of the line only to be put in touch by Australia’s last-ditch cover defence.

As pressure continued to build, Australia centre Magnay put in a high tackle on a sniping Adam Hastings. Following consultation with the TMO, the referee deemed the challenge worthy of a yellow card, which, with it being Magnay’s second, saw the Australian shown a red card on the 44 minute mark.

Scotland immediately took advantage of their extra man as tighthead prop Fagerson, took a short ball from the ruck to power his way over the whitewash less than a minute after the penalty was awarded. Hastings conversion attempt struck the post (8-7).

Australia’s retort came in the 55th minute with Mason making amends for a missed penalty attempt earlier the game, and slotting a long-range effort to put his side 10-8 ahead to build for an intense final quarter.

Dalzeil took the opportunity to ring the changes on 60 minutes with Dan Elkington replacing Murray McCallum in the front-row; Ally Miller coming on for captain Scott Cummings; and George Taylor entering the fray for Tom Galbraith in the centre. 

With 64 minutes on the clock, wing Graham showed his counter-attacking nous as he came back against the grain on reception of a clearance kick and seared through the Australian defence to touch down for the score and put his side back in-front. Hastings made great contact with the touchline conversion, to see the ball sail through the uprights and extend Scotland’s lead, 15-10.

As the game started to draw to a close, Australia struggled to break down the Scottish defence despite dominating both territory and possession and winning a number of penalties at the set-piece, all of which they turned-down the opportunity to kick for goal. 

Their ambition looked to have paid off in the 75th minute when wing Simon Kennewell crossed in the corner. However, after further consultation with the TMO, the officials deemed wing Ben Robbins’ cover tackle forced his opposite man’s foot into touch and the try was disallowed.

Australia continued to batter away at Scotland’s line, yet the men in blue stayed honest and true in defence, and held out for the 15-10 victory. 

Man of the match: Darcy Graham

Referee: Thomas Charabas (FFR) 

Team lineups

Australia U20
Scotland U20

Backs

15 Jack Maddox
14 Simon Kennewell
13 Campbell Magnay
12 Nick Jooste
11 Liam McNamara
10 Mack Mason
9 James Tuttle

Forwards

1 Vunipola Fifita
2 Jordan Uelese
3 Tyrel Lomax
4 Ryan McCauley
5 Izack Rodda
6 Angus Scott-Young
7 Liam Wright
8 Maclean Jones

Substitutes

16 Josh Taylor
17 Richie Asiata
18 Shambeckler Vui
19 Harry Hocking
20 Rob Leota
21 Harry Nucifora
22 Jordan Jackson-Hope
23 Liam Jurd

Substitutes

16
17
18
19 Alex Craig
20
21
22
23 Cameron Gray

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