Scotland under-16 endured a tough end to the Wellington International Festival with a 45-13 defeat to France this morning.
A bright first quarter by the young Scots earned them an 8-5 lead however the resurgent French ran in two converted scores in response, despite having a man in the sin bin to build a solid lead.
Half-time: France U16 (19-8) Scotland U16
If the potency of the French attack was illustrated by the tries scored with a man down, they underlined their clinical credentials as the top team in the tournament with a formidable second-half display, adding another three tries to open up a 45-8 lead with ten to go.
Credit is certainly due to Scotland however, as they battled on throughout, and were ultimately rewarded with a penalty try at the final whistle.
Scotland under-16 head coach, Gary Mercer, said: “Three games in five days was tough on the guys but the commitment they have shown has been phenomenal.
“Over the piece it’s been a great tournament. We competed well against England (26-20) and Wales (27-26) and the players have been a credit to themselves, their families and their nation.
“We’ve really enjoyed it, we’ve gelled together well and look forward to helping the players learn from these lessons and develop into the next stars of Scottish rugby.”
Scotland under-16: Bruce Sorbie; Jacob Adamson, Sam Trowbridge, Adam Hastings, Dan Nutton, Robbie Nairn; Josh Henderson; Fergus Bradbury, Craig Cowan CAPTAIN, Adam Nicol, Lee Scott, Andrew Davidson, Lewis Wynne, Callum Harris, Scott McGinley. Substitutes from: Jack Solman, Ross Gordon, Lyall Archer, Scott Cummings, Angus Neilson, Zach Mercer, Henry Sampson, Cameron Gray, Charlie Lonergan, Luke Taylor, Saul Melvin-Farr
Coaching team: Gary Mercer (head coach), Roddy Deans (assistant coach), Jamie Dempsey (assistant coach).