Scotland's under-18 side bounced back in some style from last weekend's defeat to score a stunning victory over their Englaish counterparts, away, at Headingley Carnegie, Leeds this afternoon.
Scotland's under-18 side put in a mammoth effort all round to pull off the win in the FIRA/AER European Championship match.The home side led 21-13 at half time but a tremendous second half from the visitors saw England defeated at this level for only the second time in the last three years.A delighted head coach, Grant McKelvey said: "The side stuck to the game plan that they themselves had had a big part in putting together and handled England's physicality really well. The boys applied pressure at every point in the game and together with their huge work ethic, pulled off a great result."
Two penalties from Sam Hidlago Clyne plus a try from Keith Buchan in the first half kept Scotland in contention before the second half saw a blistering interception from sub Tommy Allan which he ran for over 50 metres before dotting down. Jamie Farndale then scored, additional penalties and a conversion from Hidalgo Clyne adding the extras points.
Added McKelvey:"We have to make note of Jamie Farndale who scored the winning try, coming off the bench. He had already saved us from a couple of scoring opportunities for England before he crossed the line himself. Tommy Allan and Sam Hidalgo Clyne controlled the game very well and the front five were tremendous.
"What we need to do now is back this up with a win against Ireland next week to get us through to the final stages of the tournament."
Scotland under-18 v England under-18, Headingley Carnegie, Leeds, kick-off 1pm
15 Josh Welsh (Selkirk)
14 Corey Venus (Leicester College / Leicester Tigers)
13 Robbie Fergusson (Ayr)
12 Chris Auld (Dumfries / Austin Friars School)
11 Matthew Lamb (Stirling County)
10 Sam Hidalgo Clyne (Merchiston Castle School)
9 Cameron Meakin (Exeter Chiefs / Ivybridge College)
1 Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County)
2 Russell Anderson (Langholm)
3 Colin Hutton (Stirling County)
4 Callum Templeton (Dumfries) *
5 Adam Barnett (GHA / Mearns Castle School)
6 Alex Henderson (Strathallan)
7 Stuart Graham (Hawick PSA)
8 Adam Ashe (Stirling County)
* = Member of Performance Player Development Programme supported by Area Institute of Sport.
Substitutes: Robbie Wilson (on for Hutton), Adam Sinclair (on for Ashe), Will Bordill (on for Henderson), Tommy Allan (on for Auld), Jamie Farndale (on for Lamb), Keith Buchan (on for Welsh), Hughes (on for Venus), Scott Steele (on for Meakin).