Second Win For Mckelvey'S Troops

Scotland under-18 head coach Grant McKelvey highlighted several positives which emerged from the 14-5 win over Italy registered at Poynder Park, Kelso on Sunday, 9 March.Scotland under-18 head coach Grant McKelvey highlighted several positives which emerged from the 14-5 win over Italy registered at Poynder Park, Kelso on Sunday, 9 March with Calum Connor and Michael Tait scoring the tries.

After convincingly beating England A the previous weekend at Melrose, McKelvey's side faced a tougher test against an Italian team renowned for their physicality and strength at the set piece.

But Scotland passed the examination with flying colours; an aspect that pleased McKelvey.

He said: "We achieved our aims for the weekend. We knew that this was going to be a more physical encounter than last week. Italy were a better side than England A and they posed us different problems.

"A lot of our team were getting their first-ever experience of playing international rugby and did well.

"In terms of coming away with two victories, we were happy with the result. But in terms of the display there were some excellent individual performances that will show up on the stats sheets.

"The boys had worked really hard on the scrum and defensive shape. I think at times we got on top of the Italian scrum most notably just before half-time and we caused them some problems there.

"Also, like last week, we defended really well for long periods of time and we produced a couple of crucial turnover tackles and to put pressure on the Italians."
Calum Connor and Tom Brown scored the tries in a thoroughly impressive team display.

Meanwhile, Ross Aitken contributed the conversions to enable Scotland's under-18 side to chalk up another morale-enhancing victory ahead of next week's match against Wales in Ebbw Vale (16 March, kick off 2pm).

Scotland: 15 Tom Brown (Edinburgh Academy)

14 Rory Drummond (Bell Baxter HS)
13 Sam Hughes (Merchiston Castle School)
12 Alex Dunbar (Annan)
11 Jamie Harris (Merchiston Castle School)

10 Ross Aitken (Bell Baxter/Howe of Fife)
9 Russell Weir (Merchiston Castle School)

1 Luke Pettie (Gala Wanderers)
2 Mungo Strachan (Fettes College)
3 Nicky Little (Hawick)
4 Calum Connor (Bradford Grammar)
5 Robert Harley (West of Scotland)
6 Stuart McInally (George Watson's College) CAPTAIN
8 Jason Hill (Stirling County)
7 Michael Fedo (Bell Baxter/Howe of Fife)

Substitutes: Craig Owenson (Musselburgh), Alun Walker (Musselburgh), Andrew Fraser (York), Grant Gilchrist (Stirling County), Michael Maltman (Musselburgh), Ross Sutherland (Sandbach), Alex Black (Prince Henry's School), Alex Blair (Edinburgh Academy), Michael Tait (Kelso Quins), Seeumas MacKenzie (Murrayfield Wanderers), Max Learmonth (Berwick).