Scots Suffer Heavy Defeat In Falkirk

Scotland U20 8, Wales U20 56 Scotland U20 suffered a heavy defeat to Wales U20 at The Falkirk Stadium tonight, going down nine tries to one. In a performance that undoubtedly lacked the kind of grit and determination they showed in their defensive display against England only last week, Scotland never seemed to threaten a Welsh side that, on paper, didn’t have a vastly more talented group of players than the home side.Scotland U20 8, Wales U20 56
Scotland U20 suffered a heavy defeat to Wales U20 at The Falkirk Stadium tonight, going down nine tries to one.

In a performance that undoubtedly lacked the kind of grit and determination they showed in their defensive display against England only last week, Scotland never seemed to threaten a Welsh side that, on paper, didn’t have a vastly more talented group of players than the home side.

Speaking after the game, Scotland U20 team manager John Jeffrey said: “The boys showed absolutely no passion tonight which is something that we have been trying to instil in them over the last few months.”

Head coach Greig Oliver added: “Last weekend’s score flattered England but tonight’s result reflected our performance.”

The Welsh scored with only two minutes on the clock. From the lineout, Scotland failed to make any tackles and the visitors made a series of simple passes inside the five meter channel to send winger Tom James over the line.

With tentative decision making from the home side, Welsh centre Gareth Maule was the next to score after returning an uninspiring kick to touch into the home 22. A simple move from the lineout sent Maule over for the score.

In the 13th minute, captain Cameron Ferguson scored the only Scottish points of the first half when he slotted a penalty from 22 meters.

However, it was only two minutes until the Welsh found the whitewash again, this time through stand-off Rhys Priestland.

Priestland charged down a clearance attempt from Graham Hogg and fended off the chasing tackler to cross the line.

The Scots had an opportunity to mount a comeback when lock Lou Reed was sent to the sin bin, but Wales kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty, a try and a conversion to add to Scotland’s woes.

With Reed back on the field just before half time, Wales struck again with a try from man of the match James Harris.

Half-time score: Scotland U20 3, Wales U20 34

Three minutes into the second half, Wales continued to test the referee’s patience as another player was sent to the sin bin, this time it was to be scrum-half Robert Lewis.

The only Scottish try of the game came four minutes into the second half when, after a driving lineout, lock Fraser McKenzie leaped over the top of the ruck to touch down.

In the following ten minutes Wales struck twice more through centre Ashley Smith and no. 8 Lewis Evans.

In the 63rd minute Wales kicked ahead and the ball was dribbled on by Maule setting up substitute Rhys Jones for another five points.

Wales dealt the final blow in the 75th minute when winger Tom James struck again holding off his opposite man to run in for the try.

Scotland U20: Colin Goudie (Stewart’s-Melville FP); David McCall* (Edinburgh Rugby & Stewart’s-Melville FP), Rory Hutton** (Hawick & East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Graham Hogg* (Border Reivers, Hawick & East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors); Cameron Ferguson CAPTAIN* (Edinburgh Rugby, Dundee HSFP & Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport), Jamie Hunter* (Glasgow Warriors, Hillhead/Jordanhill & West of Scotland Institute of Sport); Alan Dymock* (Edinburgh Rugby, Dundee HSFP & Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport), Pat MacArthur** (Ayr), Kyle Traynor* (Edinburgh Rugby, Watsonians & East of Scotland Institute of Sport), Willie Lipp (Watsonians), Fraser McKenzie* (Edinburgh Rugby, Dunfermline & Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport), Dave Lambert (Heriot’s), Daniel Levison (Dundee HSFP), Richie Vernon* (Border Reivers, Stewart’s-Melville FP & East of Scotland Institute of Sport)
Substitutes: Frazer Wilford (Sheffield Hallam University and Rotherham Titans), Bruce Pow (Hawick), Graeme McGilchrist (Tynedale), Frazer McArdell (Hartpury College), Murray Bringhurst (Edinburgh Rugby & Watsonians)*, Alex Cox (Stewart’s-Melville FP), Callum Anderson** (Melrose & East of Scotland Institute of Sport)

Wales U20:Martyn Thomas (Llanelli/Scarlets); Alec Jenkins (Llanelli/Scarlets), Gareth Maule (Newport/Dragons), Ashley Smith (Newport/Dragons) CAPTAIN, Tom James (Cardiff/Blues); Rhys Priestland (Llanelli/Scarlets), Robert Lewis (Neath/Ospreys), Hugh Gustafson (Llanelli/Scarlets), Ken Owens (Llanelli/Scarlets), Jamie Corsi (Newport/Dragons), Adam Brown (Bedwas/Dragons), Lou Reed (Llanelli/Scarlets), Danny Lydiate (Ebbw Vale/Dragons), James Harris (Bedwas/Dragons), Lewis Evans (Newport/Dragons)
Substitutes: Mark Jones (Sale Sharks), Nick Eaves (Pontypridd/Blues), James Down (Cardiff/Blues), Sam Kiley (Swansea/Ospreys), Darren Allinson (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Jones (Sale Sharks), Richard Thomas (Aberavon/Scarlets)