Scots Continue To Prepare With Close Warm-Up Clash

Scotland U20 19, Edinburgh A 22 The Scotland Under 20 team lost to the Edinburgh back-up team, which are being called the Edinburgh ‘A’ squad, by a mere three points at Meggetland tonight in their last warm-up fixture before they open their 2007 U21 Six Nations Championship campaign against England on at The Recreation Ground, Bath on Friday 2 February (kick-off 7:30pm). Edinburgh dominated the opening 40 minutes in difficult conditions, scoring three tries to the Scots’ one.Scotland U20 19, Edinburgh A 22
The Scotland Under 20 team lost to the Edinburgh back-up team, which are being called the Edinburgh ‘A’ squad, by a mere three points at Meggetland tonight in their last warm-up fixture before they open their 2007 U21 Six Nations Championship campaign against England on at The Recreation Ground, Bath on Friday 2 February (kick-off 7:30pm).
Edinburgh dominated the opening 40 minutes in difficult conditions, scoring three tries to the Scots’ one.
The pro-team opened the scoring in the 15th minute through Currie flanker Mark Cairns, Cairns finishing off a sublime series of passing to cross in the corner. Watsonians stand-off Andrew Skene slicing the conversion left.
Edinburgh then struck again through new signing, Argentinean winger Lucio Lopez Fleming, Skene this time slicing the conversion right.
The A squads third try came in the 36th minute when Watsonians winger Matt Cooper. The ball was spun out wide to fullback Alec Jessop, who couldn’t catch the ball, but Cooper was out wide and anticipated the ball’s flight well to collect and dive over the line.
Scotland U20 clawed seven points back just before the half-time whistle when No 8 Richie Vernon, who was involved in Heineken Cup action for the Border Reivers last less than 24 hours ago powered over the line taking two defenders with him. Captain Cameron Ferguson converted.
Half-time score: Scotland U20 7, Edinburgh A 17
Vernon started where he had left off just after the break , crossing for Scotland’s second try having received a long pass out wide. Ferguson converted.
Greig Scott pulled one back for Edinburgh before Callum Anderson replied for Scotland. Both conversions were missed.
Edinburgh almost had the last word but winger Cooper was held up over the line and the referee sounded the fulltime whistle.
Scotland U20: Colin Goudie (Stewart’s-Melville FP); David McCall (Edinburgh Rugby & Stewart’s-Melville FP), Rory Hutton (Hawick), Andrew Easson (Edinburgh Rugby & Stewart’s-Melville FP), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors); Cameron Ferguson (Edinburgh Rugby & Dundee HSFP) CAPTAIN, Jamie Hunter (Glasgow Warriors & Hillhead/Jordanhill); Alan Dymock (Edinburgh Rugby & Dundee HSFP), Pat MacArthur (Ayr), Bruce Pow (Hawick), Willie Lipp (Watsonians), Steven Turnbull (Edinburgh Rugby & Heriot’s), Dave Lambert (Heriot’s), Roddy Grant (Border Reivers & Gala), Richie Vernon (Border Reivers & Stewart’s-Melville FP)
Substitutes: Frazer Wilford (Sheffield Hallam University and Rotherham Titans), Nick Hart (Watsonians), Fraser McArdell (Hartpury College), Daniel Levison (Dundee HSFP, Murray Bringhurst (Edinburgh Rugby & Watsonians), Graham Hogg (Border Reivers & Hawick), Callum Anderson (Melrose)
Edinburgh A: Alec Jessop (Melrose RFC); Lucio Lopez Fleming, James Thomson (Heriot’s), Steve McColl (Dunfermline), Matt Cooper (Watsonians); Andrew Skeen (Watsonians), Ross Samson (Tynedale); Innes Brown, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross, Chris Bentley, Fraser McKenzie, Graham McGilchrist (Tynedale), Mark Cairns (Currie), Ben Fisher (Boroughmuir)
Substitutes from: Steven Lawrie, Kyle Traynor, Greig Scott (Boroughmuir), Angus Martyn (Boroughmuir), Stuart McGee (Boroughmuir), Ally Warnock (Currie), Mark Teague (Heriot’s)