Scotland Under-19 achieved sweet success tonight with a revenge win over Fiji in the IRB Under 19 World Championship, coming from behind to beat the islanders 11-7 at Belfast Harlequinsâ€™ ground in their first win of the tournament. Coach Peter Wright was clearly relieved and proud of his young squad. He said: â€œIt was hard fought but the guys deserved it tonight."Scotland Under-19 achieved sweet success tonight with a revenge win over Fiji in the IRB Under 19 World Championship, coming from behind to beat the islanders 11-7 at Belfast Harlequinsâ€™ ground in their first win of the tournament.
The young Scots lost out to Fiji last Friday by 25-23 at Shawâ€™s Bridge having gone down 11-6 to France in the opening match before losing 13-12 to Ireland in round two.
Scotlandâ€™s points tonight came from winger Lee Jones with a try while stand-off Ruaridh Jackson kicked two penalties.
Fiji scrum-half Peni Rokodiva scored a try for the islanders after just eight minutes, converted by outside centre Setoki Butukoro, before Jacksonâ€™s two penalties brought the Scots to within a point at half time. Jonesâ€™ try sealed it to take the Scots into a clash with Ireland on finals day (Saturday 21 April) for ninth place overall. The hosts beat Japan 31-10 tonight.
Coach Peter Wright was clearly relieved and proud of his young squad. He said: â€œIt was hard fought but the guys deserved it tonight. They showed character and stuck to the game plan, forcing Fiji to make mistakes. It was all about winning this game so the performance wasnâ€™t as important to us on this occasion.
â€œItâ€™s a fantastic result and the effort put in by the players was superb. They had to battle for the win and they got it. Weâ€™re looking ahead to the next game against Ireland and finishing on a positive note. Weâ€™ve played them already so we know what theyâ€™ll bring,â€ he added.
IRB Under 19 World Championship rules permit teams to bench all 11 remaining squad members and make up to seven substitutions during the match.
SCOTLAND UNDER-19: Murray Allan (Stewart's Melville FP); Lee Jones (Selkirk), Chris Kinloch (Fettes College/Edinburgh Academicals and ESIS)*, Ruairidh Bonner (Edinburgh Academicals), Tom Bury (Edinburgh Academicals); Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors, Cartha Queens Park and WSIS)*, Matthew Heeks (London Scottish and St Maryâ€™s Twickenham); Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals/Trinity Academicals), 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, Steven Burton (Currie), Alexandre Wukovits (BÃ¨gles Bordeaux)
Substitutes used: James Murray (Edinburgh Academicals), Redha Guedroudj (Aberdeen GSFP), Craig Charters (Hawick), Gary Strain (Dalziel), Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and CIS)*, Ralph McInally (Perthshire), Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale)
FORWARDS: Angus Dixon (Aberdeen GSFP), Craig Simmonds (Dalziel)
BACKS: Harry Duthie (Harrogate), Stephen McColl (Dunfermline and TFIS)*
* = National Academy player
ESIS â€“ East of Scotland Institute of Sport
TFIS â€“ Tayside & Fife Institute of Sport
WSIS â€“ West of Scotland Institute of Sport
CIS â€“ Central Institute of Sport