U19S Very Unlucky On Friday 13Th

Scotland Under-19 have crashed to a third consecutive defeat in the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Belfast, once again losing to the narrowest of margins with a 25-23 loss to Fiji. The result follows a 11-6 defeat to France and a 13-12 loss at the hands of Ireland. Coach Peter Wright was understandably disappointed at the result. He said: “I’m just gutted by the whole thing."Scotland Under-19 have crashed to a third consecutive defeat in the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Belfast, once again losing to the narrowest of margins with a 25-23 loss to Fiji. The result follows a 11-6 defeat to France and a 13-12 loss at the hands of Ireland.

Coach Peter Wright was understandably disappointed at the result. He said: “I’m just gutted by the whole thing. It’s heartbreaking. We didn’t play as well as we did in the first two games but we really should have won this one. Basic errors let us down but we still deserved to win it.

“We managed to score three tries but the intensity that we’d achieved in the first two matches just couldn’t be matched tonight. They are young guys but they have to learn the lessons in a tournament like this – if there’s a chance to win a game then we need to take it. We didn’t tonight,” he added.

The match was played at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast and the tries came from winger Lee Jones, scrum-half Ross Samson and replacement Harry Duthie. Inside centre Stephen McColl kicked one conversion and two penalties.

Wright said: “It looks like we’ll play Samoa in the fourth game on Tuesday so we need to look ahead to that now. They’ll be another big, physical team so we have to be ready for that.”

SCOTLAND UNDER-19: Murray Allan (Stewart's Melville FP); Lee Jones (Selkirk), Chris Kinloch (Fettes College/Edinburgh Academicals and ESIS)*, Stephen McColl (Dunfermline and TFIS)*, Tom Bury (Edinburgh Academicals); Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors, Cartha Queens Park and WSIS)*, Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale); Gary Strain (Dalziel), Adrian Duncan (Stewart's Melville FP), Joe Stafford (Glasgow Warriors, Hillhead/Jordanhill and WSIS)*, Neale Patrick (Dunfermline), Josh Brown (Bristol/Filton College), Fraser McKenzie (Edinburgh Rugby, Dunfermline and TFIS)* CAPTAIN, Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and CIS)*, Craig Simmonds (Dalziel)

Substitutes used: Steven Burton (Currie), Harry Duthie (Harrogate), Matthew Heeks (London Scottish and St Mary’s Twickenham), Ruairidh Bonner (Edinburgh Academicals), James Murray (Edinburgh Academicals)

FORWARDS: Craig Charters (Hawick), Angus Dixon (Aberdeen GSFP), Ralph McInally (Perthshire), Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals/Trinity Academicals), Alexandre Wukovits (Bègles Bordeaux)

BACKS: Redha Guedroudj (Aberdeen GSFP)

* = National Academy player

ESIS – East of Scotland Institute of Sport
TFIS – Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport
WSIS – West of Scotland Institute of Sport
CIS – Central Institute of Sport