Wales U20 vs Scotland U20 , Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:15

Wales U20
36 - 3
Full time
Scotland U20
Friday, 2 February, 2018 - 20:15 | Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay

Scotland U20’s first match of the 2018 Six Nations ended in defeat as Wales ran out comfortable winners at Colwyn Bay’s Par Eirias.

Wales scored with only three minutes on the clock, and although Scotland showed toil, passion and desire throughout, the hosts never looked in danger of surrendering their significant first-half lead.

Whilst a flurry of late tries from the hosts undoubtedly added polish to an already sizeable score-line, Scotland U20 Head Coach Stevie Scott managed to take positives from the clash and said: “We had opportunities throughout the match, but we just couldn’t keep hold of the ball. In early parts of the game, we were right in it and just couldn’t finish off the pressure.

“I couldn’t fault the boys’ effort, as we’re a young and developing side, whilst Wales are a really strong physical team who had quite a few players returning from last year’s squad.”

“We’ll regroup and have a huge focus as prepare to take on France next week.”

As the Welsh entered Parc Eirias to a rousing reception from the vocal home support, it wasn’t long until they grabbed the early initiative. An early spell of pressure inside Scotland’s 22’ saw centre Callum Carson offload to the opportunistic scrum-half Harri Morgan, who scampered under the posts to break the deadlock.

Scotland soon rallied, however, and with Stevie Scott’s side winning their individual battles at the breakdown they were soon rewarded a penalty – which fullback Paddy Dewhirst stoked home with aplomb.

However, with Scotland back in the match, they soon shot themselves in the foot as they gifted the hosts possession inside their own 22. With the Welsh queuing out wide, the ball was eventually fed to winger Joe Goodchild, who had the simple task of touching down in the corner.

With Scotland scrambling in defence, the hosts soon ruthlessly extended their lead. And whilst Wales’ third try of the evening was somewhat fortuitous, it was undoubtedly deserved. With the Scottish defence in his face, stand-off Ben Jones nudged a delightful chip and as the ball bounced perfectly to Corey Baldwin, there was no one at home to stop the stocky centre. Wales led 19-3 at the half.

Scotland tightened up after the break and for long spells their suffocating defence held Wales to little more than a handful of half-breaks.

Archie Erksine – the Boroughmuir back-row who was included in Scotland’s squad for the World Rugby U20 Junior World Championships last summer – provided the visitors with a rock in defence. The 20-year-old had two jackal turnovers in an all-action performance which will give Scotland plenty of hope heading into next week’s clash against France.

Dewhirst would miss a chance at goal to double Scotland’s score and Wales soon capitalised as Stevie Scott’s side tired in defence.

Firstly, the hosts’ Cai Williams – who had showcased his reliable boot all evening – hammered over a penalty from 45 metres out, before back-row Dan Davies dived over the line to make it 29-3 with time running out.

As Baldwin powered over the line from short yardage to give his side a fifth score of the evening and to provide the coup-de-grace, the Welsh were already celebrating their Six Nations opening victory.

Team lineups

Wales U20
Scotland U20


15 Cai Evans
14 Joe Goodchild
13 Corey Baldwin
12 Callum Carson
11 Ryan Conbeer
10 Ben Jones
9 Harri Morgan


1 Rhys Carre
2 Lestyn Harris
3 Sam Wainwright
4 Jack Pope
5 Max Williams
6 Tommy Reffell
7 Dan Davies
8 Taine Basham


16 Dewi Lake
17 Josh Reynolds
18 Rhys Henry
19 Morgan Jones
20 Morgan Morris
21 Dan Babos
22 Ben Thomsas
23 Tommy Rogers


18 Murphy Walker
20 Rory Darge

U20 6 Nations Championship 2018 table

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2Scotland U20 10100
3Ireland U2000000
4France U2000000
5England U2000000
6Italy U2000000

U20 6 Nations Championship 2018 latest results

Italy U20 45 v 31 Scotland U20
Scotland U20 24 v 17 England U20
Scotland U20 19 v 69 France U20
Wales U20 36 v 3 Scotland U20