Scotland under-18 3 - 30 Wales under-18
After a promising performance in their first international outing, against France at Philiphaugh last weekend, Scotland under-18 were outclassed by a physical Welsh side at the Greenyards this afternoon (Sunday 21 March).
A crowd of nearly 700 watched as the Welsh dominated the first period, shutting the Scots out by half time. Althought the home side picked up the pace after the game resumed, it was too little too late to threaten an opposition victory.
Clinical passing and impressive pace led to two early penalties for the Welsh, successfully taken by stand off Matthew Morgan, whose boot was to kick the majority of Wales' points during the afternoon.
After threatening the Scots line for some time, Eli Walker went over for the first Welsh try, after fifteen minutes, the score converted by Morgan.
With any foray by the Scots soon swamped by a sea of red, a welcome penalty for Scotland was sent wide of the posts by Harry Leonard after twenty minutes. A couple of minutes later Wales were awarded a penalty, for obstruction, again kicked between the posts by Morgan.
Shortly after, a steal by the Welsh led to try number two, from Luke Williams, again converted by Morgan.
Half time: 0-23
A triple substitution at half time resulted in the pace being picked up by the Scots and, within the first five minutes, a score on the board, courtesy of a penalty by Leonard; that was replied to, almost immediately, by a similar score from the boot of the Wales number 10, Morgan.
Come the sixty-minute mark, a further batch of substitutions was made by both sides; despite the fresh Welsh legs, the home side did well, to keep the score at 3-23.
After a period of sustained pressure in the lead-up to the whistle, however, Harry Robinson crossed the line for the visitors again; the final kick of the game was Morgan's conversion.
Full time: 3-30
Said head coach Grant McKelvey, after the game: "We got what we deserved. We were expecting a big physical test and we failed to cope at contact, tackling and touchline.
"We're disappointed and we've let the players know we'll be expecting more of them next week [against Leeds Academy]. All 28 players have now experienced international rugby; most of them don't regularly experience the kind of physical play we had here today but I thought we could have done better."
Martin Currie man of the match: Matthew Morgan (Wales under-18)
Scotland under-18 v Wales at the Greenyards, Melrose on Sunday 21 March (kick-off 3pm)
15. Jamie URQUHART (Stirling County)
14. Andrew HALL (Strathallan)
13. Stuart HOGG (Heriot’s) (Captain) * *
12. Jack BRADFORD (Worksop College)
11. Mark BENNETT (Cumnock RFC) *
10. Harry LEONARD (Brighton College)
9. Jamie STEVENSON (Whitgift)
1. Ryan HOOD (Strathallan)
2. George TURNER (Stewart’s Melville College)
3. Gavin ROBERTSON (Earlston HS / Melrose Wasps)
4. William KAY (Boroughmuir)
5. Andrew REDMAYNE (Kilmarnock)
6. Mitch EADIE (Filton College)
8. Andrew NAGLE (Jed Thistle)
7. Adam de Ste CROIX (Boroughmuir)
16. Robin HISLOP (Hawick Wanderers) ** (on for Robertson)
17. Fergus SCOTT (Currie)
18. Alex ALLEN (Sedbergh School) (on for Hood)
19. Fraser WATT (East Kilbride)
20. Ben JOHNSTONE (Stewart’s Melville College) (on for de Ste Croix)
21. Rory SUTHERLAND (Hawick Wanderers) (on for Kay)
22. Murray McCONNELL (Lenzie Academy / West of Scotland)* (on for Stevenson)
23. Michael CRAWLEY (Stewart’s Melville College) (on for Hogg)
24. Sam KNUDSON (Aberdeen GS) (on for Bradford)
25. Doug DAY (Paviours RFC)
26. Aidan McCall HAGAN (West of Scotland)
* Member of National Academy supported by AIS (Area Institute of Sport)
** Member of National Academy supported by Scottish Rugby
Scotland under-18 fixture dates 2010
28 March Scotland under-18 v Leeds Academy, West Park, Leeds (kick-off 2.30pm)
2 to 10 April - International Festival in Wales
Friday 2 April Scotland under-18 v England under-18, Llandovery (kick-off 4pm)
Tuesday 6 April Scotland under-18 v Italy under-18, Llandovery (kick-off 4pm)
Saturday 10 April Scotland under-18 v Ireland under-18, Llandovery (kick-off 4pm)