Murray Seals Dramatic Win

James Murray came off the bench to score the winning try in extra time with Scotland's under-20 team defeating Canada 15-10 in the IRB Junior World Championship play-off match at Rodney Parade.James Murray came off the bench to score the winning try in extra time with Scotland's under-20 team defeating Canada 15-10 in the IRB Junior World Championship play-off match at Rodney Parade.

With the score locked at 10-10 after normal time, stand-off Murray, who had replaced captain Ruaridh Jackson, crossed the whitewash six minutes into the second period of extra time to hand Scotland victory.

But despite the win, team manager John Jeffrey says the team underperformed and that the players acknowledged they can make vast improvements on their collective display.

Jeffrey said: "We didn't play at all well and we almost paid the price for that. We made too many individual errors, but the bottom line is we won the game.

_x001C_So now we have a ninth/tenth play-off and we have a chance to improve upon our 10th place seeding when we play next in three days time.

_x001C_There was brutal honesty in the changing room after the game; there weren't any celebrations, just relief at winning it.

_x001C_The players realized that if we play like that in the next game then we won't win it. The players were very honest about their performance and we need to improve on that.

_x001C_Thankfully we did play better in extra time and we scored a try in sudden death extra time that won us the game."

Canada raced into a surprise early lead when Matt Evans scored after nine minutes while Nathan Hirayama added the extras.

Scotland under-20 Player of the Year Stevie McColl reduced the deficit 10 minutes later with a try before Canada restored their advantage through a penalty from Hirayama.

Just before the end, replacement scrum half Ross Samson touched down to level the score and it was left to Murray to steal the limelight with a dramatic winning effort.



Scotland under-20 squad (team sponsor Martin Currie): Peter Horne (Howe of Fife), Lee Jones (Selkirk), Paul Loudon (Durham University), Stevie McColl (Dunfermline and National Academy), Chris Kinloch (Edinburgh Academicals and National Academy), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Hawks and National Academy) CAPTAIN, Peter Jericevich (GHA and National Academy); Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks and National Academy), Adrian Duncan (Stewarts-Melville FP and National Academy), David Morton (Bridgewater), Fraser McKenzie (Heriot's and National Academy), Josh Brown (Bristol), Jonny Baird (Watsonians), Andrew Rose (Hartpury College), Craig Simmonds (Heriot's).


Substitutes: Niall Shannon (Aberdeen Grammar FP), Gavin Cameron (Ellon and National Academy), Neale Patrick (Dunfermline) for Brown on 65 mins, Lewis Calder (Newcastle Falcons) for Baird on 65 mins, Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons) for Jericevich on 49 mins, James Murray (Leeds Carnegie and Edinburgh Academicals) for Jackson on 62 mins, Tom Bury (Boroughmuir and National Academy) for Kinloch on 76 mins.

Tries: McColl, Samson, Murray