Scotland U18 32-27 England U18

Scotland recorded a famous win over England in the opening game of the U18 Six Nations Festival in Wales this afternoon.Scotland U18 produced a remarkable comeback to beat England

Iain Monaghan's side came from 27-10 behind to win 32-27 in an entertaining encounter at the Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach.

Femi Sofolarin scored Scotland's only try in the first-half and England led 15-5 at the break.

England increased their lead to 20-5 early in the second-half, before Jack Blain crossed to reduce the deficit (10-20).

Another converted try by England pushed them 27-10 ahead, before the Scotland comeback began.

Femi Sofolarin scored his second of the match and then centre Robbie McCallum also got in on the act, with his try converted by replacement Dan Lancaster. That made the score 27-22 to England.

With minutes remaining Blain raced up the touchline beating four defenders to cross at the corner, with Dan Lancaster converting his try to make it 29-27 to Scotland.

Lancaster then kicked a late penalty to secure a sensational 32-27 victory for Scotland.

Winger Rufus McLean was named the Man of the Match.

Scotland U18 play France U18 at Cardiff Arms Park on Wednesday (kick-off 5pm) before facing Ireland four days later.

Speaking to scottishrugby.org, Scotland Head Coach Iain Monaghan said: "Our boys have worked very hard since the defeat to England two weeks ago and did a lot of studying of the game.They highlighted a couple of key points around defence which they could improve.

"We also added a couple of additional players to the squad who were involved with Scotland U20, and that has given the group a boost.

"England can score from anywhere and they did that today, so it's all credit to England and we're learning a bit from them about how to play.

"Credit to our guys for the character they showed in the second-half to grind out the victory.

"It's quite a quick turnaround to our game against France on Wednesday, so we'll recover well, review the game and do a quick session.

"It's great to start with a win as it'll give the boys belief ahead of that game."

Scotland team (v England), U18 Six Nations Festival, Centre for Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach:

15. Charlie Hudson (St Peter’s, York)

14. Rufus McLean (Merchiston Castle School) 

13. Scott Robeson (George Heriot’s School)

12. Robbie McCallum* (Loretto School)

11. Jack Blain* (Stewart’s Melville College / Stewarts Melville RFC)

10. Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol / SGS College)

9. Jamie Dobie* (Merchiston Castle School)

 

1. Thomas Jeffrey * (Peebles)

2. Rory Jackson (Edinburgh Academy)

3. Daniel Gamble * (Kelso / Merchiston Castle School)

4. Tom Morris (Dollar Academy)

5. Cameron Henderson * (Strathallan School)

6. Jack Hill (Sedbergh School)

7. Connor Boyle* (Stewart’s Melville College / Stewart’s Meville RFC)

8. Rory Darge* (Borders College / Melrose)

 

Replacements

 

16. Scott Clelland* (Ayr)

17. Mak Wilson * (Duns)

18. Alex Pleasants (The Henley College / Wasps)

19. Archie Smeaton (Yorkshire Carnegie / Hymers College)

20. Gavin Wilson* (Dumfries Saints)

21. Kristian Kay (Stowe School / Wasps)

22. Dan Lancaster (Yorkshire Carnegie / Bishop Burton College)

23. Matthew Currie (Merchiston Castle School)

24. Paul Cunningham (George Watson’s College)

25. Femi Sofolarin (Dulwich College / Harlequins)

26. Cameron Brown (Kelso)

 

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