Cummings: We know we’ve got another big shift to come

Scotland under-20 captain Scott Cummings is confident his side will relish in the challenge of facing their Welsh counterparts for 7th spot in the final round of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, at the Manchester City Academy Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 4.30pm) – live-stream on worldrugby.org.

The young Scots put it a solid performance against Australia in the 5th place semi-final, yet were unable to control a late surge from the opposition, who came away with a 35-19 victory.

Reflecting on the game, Cummings said: “All the boys put in so much effort, nobody can be faulted, but there were just a few moments where we had opportunities and made a couple of mistakes where we could have scored one or two more [tries].

“We’re still immensely proud of our performance, I can’t say enough about the effort the boys put into the game. One of our goals is to make Scotland under-20 a world-class side, and against a world-class opposition like Australia, to put in a 60 minute performance having already beaten them is a great achievement.”

Scotland go into the final round with wins in the pool stages against Australia (15-10) and Italy (27-19) under their belt, both coming in the pool stages. The side’s two losses came at the hands of finalists and hosts, England (0-44), and Australia (19-35).

Wales play Saturday’s encounter looking for their second win of the tournament, with their sole victory coming against Georgia (10-9) in the second round.  Two of their three losses were to current titleholders New Zealand (17-18 and 71-12), with the other defeat in the first round against Ireland (25-26).

Cummings knows what is at stake and believes both sides will be fired-up following their losses in the previous round of the competition.

He said: “It’ll be a very close encounter as they [Wales] are a very good side. However, we’ve just got to focus on our game and see what we can do against them, and try and put in the best performance we can.

“The [Scotland] group will pick themselves up ahead of the game. Although we’re gutted with the Australia result, we know we put in a good performance.

 “We’re going against a Welsh side who didn’t have the performance they wanted in the last round either, so they’re going to come out fighting.

“We know we’ve got another big shift to come. We’ve played a lot of rugby, but every team is in the same boat and we go into the last match on level pegging in that respect.”