Game Too Far For Under-19S

It was a case of a game too far for the Scotland Under-19 team at the IRB Under 19 World Championships in Belfast, as they lost 34-0 to Ireland at Ravenhill this afternoon to finish 10th overall in the tournament. Coach Peter Wright said: “It was a game too far for us and a disappointing end to the tournament." It was a case of a game too far for the Scotland Under-19 team at the IRB Under 19 World Championships in Belfast, as they lost 34-0 to Ireland at Ravenhill this afternoon to finish 10th overall in the tournament.

Peter Wright’s young side had hoped to avenge the 13-12 defeat they agonisingly suffered at the hands of the Irish in the pool rounds, having overturned the Fijian by 11-7 under similar circumstances earlier this week following the 25-23 loss to the islanders in the pools. The Scots were also within a score for their opening game, going down 11-6 to France.

Despite today’s result there is no doubt that the Scots have shown some improvement, in terms of competing with the top teams, compared to the championship held last year in Dubai when they were beaten 78-3 by Australia and 35-5 by Wales in the pools.

On today’s match coach Wright said: “It was a game too far for us and a disappointing end to the tournament. We made too many basic mistakes at the beginning which allowed Ireland to get into the game. We simply looked tired and all credit to Ireland because they played well.

“This is a high intensity tournament in which you play five games in two and a half weeks but that’s the learning curve you’re on and you have to perform right to the end. We played better in the earlier games and although we lost, we were within a score in all three pool matches. The smallest difference could have turned them into wins.

“This tournament is all about the experiences you take away as a young player. Unfortunately we were below the level today but I am proud of how the players performed over the course of the championship,” 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)*, Stephen McColl (Dunfermline and TFIS)*, Tom Bury (Edinburgh Academicals); Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors, Cartha Queens Park and WSIS)*, Matthew Heeks (London Scottish and St Mary’s Twickenham); 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, Steven Burton (Currie), Alexandre Wukovits (Bègles Bordeaux)

Substitutes used: Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors, Stirling County and CIS)*, Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals/Trinity Academicals), Craig Charters (Hawick), Craig Simmonds (Dalziel), Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons/Tynedale), Ralph McInally (Perthshire), James Murray (Edinburgh Academicals)

Substitutes remaining:

FORWARDS: Angus Dixon (Aberdeen GSFP),

BACKS: Ruairidh Bonner (Edinburgh Academicals), Harry Duthie (Harrogate), , 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