Scotland Under-20 34-17 Italy Under-20

Scotland under-20 have won their first match in the IRB Junior World Championship and sealed their place in the ninth place play-off final after beating Italy under-20 (34-17) in a seven try thriller.

It was another improved performance from the young Scots which saw centre Finn Russell, wing Jamie Farndale and number 8 Mitch Eadie all cross the line. Farndale and Eadie both scored two tries apiece and three of the scores were converted by stand-off and captain, Harry Leonard.

For head coach Peter Wright it was Eadie’s performance which set the scene for the Scots success.

Finn Russell on the attack against Italy today 

He said: “Mitch was absolutely outstanding in this match, he along with a number of other’s in this side showed the attitude and determination of professionals today and built a strong platform for us to control the match early on.

“Throughout the week in the hotel, in training and out and about we made a conscious effort to make sure every player’s head was held high. This has definitely paid-off. Our scrums, line-outs and tackles were quality and we created five good tries.”

Scoring for the Italians was centre Giulio Bisegni and full-back David Odiete. Stand-off John Apperley converted both attempts and knocked-over a drop goal which opened the scoring three minutes into the match.

The young Scots will now take on the same opponents as the senior team in a double header next weekend against Samoa. The young south-sea islanders beat Fiji 29-20 in the other ninth place knock-out. The under-20s will play on Friday 22 June (kick-off 11am UK time) at the University of the Western Cape, while the senior team will play at 3.30am (UK time) on Saturday 23 June in Samoa. 

Half-time: Scotland under-20 19-10 Italy under-20
Full-time: Scotland under-20 34-17 Italy under-20

Scotland under-20 team: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Jamie Farndale, Mark Bennett, Finn Russell, Tom Steven; Harry Leonard (captain), Murray McConnell; Robin Hislop, Fergus Scott, Alex Allan, Gary Graham, Andrew Redmayne, Will Bordill, Callum Reid, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: George Turner (for Scott, 17mins), Jamie Bhatti, Gavin Robertson, Andrew Nagle (for Reid, 71mins), Stuart Smith (for Graham, 64mins), Matt Torrance (for McConnell, 78mins), Tommy Allan, Keith Buchan.

Italy under-20 team: David Odiete; Alex Morsellino, Giulio Bisegni, Andrea Bettin, Alessandro Tartaglia; John Apperley, Guido Calbrese; Sami Panico, Giovanni Maistri (captain), Pietro Ceccarelli, Matteo Ferro, Alfio Luca Mammana, Zanini Guglielmo, Jacopo Salvetti, Federico Conforti.
Replacements: Giovanni Scalvi, Luca Scarsini, Luca Conti, Alessio Zdrilich, Vittorio Marazzi, Marcello Violi, Edoardo Padovani, Giovanni Benvenuti.