Bright Scotland Defence Fails To Cut English Power

England U20 31, Scotland U20 5 An inspirational defensive effort from Scotland U20 could not stop the power of England U20 at The Recreation Ground in Bath tonight as they lost by 31 points to five. The Scots, who struggled to get their share of possession and territory, conceded a converted try in the second minute of the game to give England 7-0 lead which they held all the way until half time.England U20 31, Scotland U20 5

An inspirational defensive effort from Scotland U20 could not stop the power of England U20 at The Recreation Ground in Bath tonight as they lost by 31 points to five.

The Scots, who struggled to get their share of possession and territory, conceded a converted try in the second minute of the game to give England 7-0 lead which they held all the way until half time.

Just before the break, prop Alan Dymock was sent to the sin bin for ten minutes which gave England, and their powerful pack, an even bigger platform from which to mount their attack.

In the opening exchanges of the second half, England crossed the whitewash four times, three of which from rolling mauls.

However, the Scots excited the crowd when Murray Bringhurst scored the try of the night. Scotland swung the ball from left to right and, after quick recycled ball, Bringhurst launched himself over the line for the score.

Scotland U20 head coach, Greig Oliver, said: “The team defended really well and made an outstanding effort in defence. Even when England scored from three rolling mauls, the players never lost heart.”

Speaking after the game, Scotland U20 team manager, John Jeffrey, added: “It was a gutsy performance from the boys tonight. They were bullied a bit up front but showed tremendous character to keep going.

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)**, Innes Brown (Edinburgh Rugby & Heriot's)*, 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 (all used): Frazer Wilford (Sheffield Hallam University and Rotherham Titans), Kyle Traynor (Edinburgh Rugby & Boroughmuir)*, Graeme McGilchrist (Tynedale), Daniel Levison (Dundee HSFP), Murray Bringhurst (Edinburgh Rugby & Watsonians)*, Graham Hogg (Border Reivers & Hawick)*, Callum Anderson (Melrose)**
* = Member of Scottish Rugby’s Senior National Academy
** = Member of Scottish Rugby’s Junior National Academy

England Under 20: Frankie Neale (Saracens); Ollie Dodge (Leicester Tigers), Adam Thompstone (NEC Harlequins), Adam Powell (Saracens), Selorm Kuadey (Sale Sharks); Seb Jewell (NEC Harlequins), Danny Care (capt, NEC Harlequins); Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Jack Forster (Gloucester Rugby), Dave Attwood (Bristol Rugby), Phil Hoy (Northampton Saints), Alex Shaw (Leicester Tigers), Chevvy Pennycook (Bristol Rugby), David Tait (Sale Sharks)
Replacements: Ross McMillan (Gloucester Rugby), Charlie Beech (Northampton Saints), Hugo Ellis (London Wasps), Matt Cox (Worcester Warriors), Tom Parker (London Irish), Charlie Gower (London Irish), James Tirrell (Saracens)