Bennett Hoggs The Tries In Win Over Italy

Scotland under-18   33 - 13  Italy

A hat-trick of tries from centre Mark Bennett (pictured), augmented by one apiece from Stuart Hogg and Rory Sutherland, plus four conversions from Bennett, ensured a Scottish victory over Italy in their second fixture of the international event at Llandovery RFC this evening (Tuesday 6 April).

Playing into the wind in the first half, a solid performance from the Scots saw Bennett cross the line three times, converting two of his tries. The second half saw further tries from Sutherland and Hogg, both converted by Bennett.

Said team manager Euan Kennedy: "With that kind of platform going into the second half, with the wind behind us, we could have expected to score a few more than we did.

"The Italians were big and physical but behind the scrum, didn't give much opposition. At times there were some good individual performances - Bennett's second try, run in 50 metres from the line, was probably the best in the whole game - but we lacked consistency.

"We obviously have to improve again to beat the Irish on Saturday but it's all boiling up to be a good finale."

Scotland now meet their Irish counterparts - who lost 17-41 to England earlier in the day - in their final game on Saturday (10 April, kick-off 4pm)

Scotland under-18 v Italy under-18 on Tuesday 6 April at Llandovery RFC, Wales

15 Stuart Hogg (Heriot's)
14 Jamie Urquhart (Stirling County)
13 Michael Crawley (Stewart's Melville College)
12 Mark Bennett (Cumnock RFC)
11 Andrew Hall (Strathallan)
10 Harry Leonard (Brighton College)
9 Jamie Stevenson (Whitgift)

1 Robin Hislop (Hawick Wanderers)
2 George Turner (Stewart's Melville College)
3 Gavin Robertson (Earlston High School / Melrose Wasps)
4 Stuart Smith (North Berwick)
5 Andrew Redmayne (Kilmarnock)
6 Rory Sutherland (Hawick Wanderers)
7 Ben Johnstone (Stewart's Melville College)
8 Lawrie Seydak (Edinburgh Academy)

Murray McConnell (Lenzie Academy / West of Scotland) (for Stevenson)
Jack Bradford (Worksop College) (for Bennett)
Aidan McCall Hagan (West of Scotland) (for Hall)
William Kay (Boroughmuir) (for Smith)
Mitch Eadie (Filton College) (for Seydak)
Harris Jones (Boroughmuir) for Urquhart)

Scotland under-18 fixture dates 2010
2 to 10 April - International Festival in Wales
Friday 2 April Scotland under-18 9 -29 England under-18, Llandovery (kick-off 4pm)
Tuesday 6 April Scotland under-18 33-13 Italy under-18, Llandovery (kick-off 4pm)
Saturday 10 April Scotland under-18 v Ireland under-18, Llandovery (kick-off 4pm)