Scotland under-18 head coach Grant McKelvey admits his side have learned a lot from being on the receiving end of a 24-0 defeat at the hands of Wales at Aberavon.Wales 24 Scotland 0
Scotland under-18 head coach Grant McKelvey admits his side have learned a lot from being on the receiving end of a 24-0 defeat at the hands of Wales at Aberavon.
After the pitch at Ebbw Vale was deemed waterlogged, Scotland tried to make it three wins out of three, but fell victim to two breakaway tries scored by a confident Wales team.
Nevertheless McKelvey believes the teenagers will have benefited from the experience which will stand them all in good stead ahead of the forthcoming tournament in Cork (24 March).
McKelvey said: "It is a huge learning curve for the guys; this is an educational process for them. This was the first time that many of these boys have played in a hostile environment on the field and they will learn from that.
_x001C_The boys are disappointed, but there were a lot of positives to work on. In the first half we started reasonably well; we had 75% or 80% territory and possession, we had good shape and Wales defended our shape reasonably well.
_x001C_But we had two or three opportunities in the first half to score and get points and unfortunately we didn't take them.
_x001C_Wales scored a breakaway try and we found ourselves 7-0 down. Wales were causing us problems at the contact area in terms of their physicality and we did not cope with that. In the second half, we had a bit of pressure, but we couldn't establish a foothold in Wales' half.
_x001C_Andrew Fraser was sin-binned for an infringement at the contact area, which I thought was harsh. But we will accept the result and move on."
Scotland: Seeumas MacKenzie (Murrayfield Wanderers); Rory Drummond (Bell Baxter HS), Michael Tait (Kelso Quins), Alex Blair (Edinburgh Academy), Max Learmonth (Berwick), Ross Aitken (Bell Baxter/Howe of Fife), Alex Black (Prince Henry's School); Nicky Little (Hawick), Alun Walker (Musselburgh), Andrew Fraser (York), Grant Gilchrist (Stirling County), Robert Harley (West of Scotland), Michael Maltman (Musselburgh), Michael Fedo (Bell Baxter/Howe of Fife), Stuart McInally (George Watson's College, captain).
Substitutes: Craig Owenson (Musselburgh), Mungo Strachan (Fettes College), Luke Pettie (Gala Wanderers), Calum Connor (Bradford Grammar), Ross Sutherland (Sandbach), Jason Hill (Stirling County),Russell Weir (Merchiston Castle School), Sam Hughes (Merchiston Castle School), Jamie Harris (Merchiston Castle School).