Scotland U18 24-21 France U18

Scotland U18 secured their second win of this year's U18 Six Nations Festival with a gutsy performance against France U18.The Scotland U18 players celebrate after beating France in Cardiff

Following their win over England U18 on Saturday the Scots went into the game at Cardiff Arms Park in confident mood, but it was France who got off to the perfect start.

France raced into a 10-0 lead and once again Scotland had to come from behind.

Full-back Rufus McLean got the first score, which was converted by fly-half Dan Lancaster.

Lancaster kicked a penalty after 31 minutes to level the scores (10-10) and then right on the stroke of half-time winger Jack Blain crossed for his third try in two games. Lancaster converted and Scotland led 17-10 at the break.

Scotland raced into a 24-10 lead thanks to a second try by McLean and conversion from Lancaster.

France hit back with a try and two penalties, but Scotland had done enough to secure the win and now play Ireland in their final game in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon. 

Captain Connor Boyle was named Man of the Match.

Speaking to scottishrugby.org, Scotland U18 Head Coach Iain Monaghan said: "It was very windy, difficult conditions today and the boys tactically played that really well in the first-half into the wind and that probably set them up for the second-half.

"In the second-half a lot more pressure came on them and they didn't lose sight of the objective and game plan in the second-half and defended well towards the end to secure the win.

"We made 11 changes today and the focus over the two games and the warm-ups was to play most of the players, so it now makes selection very difficult for Sunday's game against Ireland.

"One of our key goals is to keep learning from the experiences we get and they are quite a tight bunch and the preperation has probably pulled them closer together.

"We'll appraoch Sunday's game like all the others, we'll do our homework on Ireland and have a real good look at ourselves and the boys will be pretty disappointed in their second-half performance and will be wanting to make amends for that on Sunday."

Scotland team (v France), U18 Six Nations Festival, Cardiff Arms Park: 

15. Rufus McLean (Merchiston Castle School) 

14. Femi Sofolarin (Dulwich College / Harlequins)

13. Matthew Currie (Merchiston Castle School)

12. Paul Cunningham (George Watson’s College)

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

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

9. Kristian Kay (Stowe School / Wasps)

 

1. Thomas Jeffrey * (Peebles)

2. Scott Clelland* (Ayr)

3. Alex Pleasants (The Henley College / Wasps)

4. Cameron Brown (Kelso)

5. Cameron Henderson * (Strathallan School)

6. Gavin Wilson* (Dumfries Saints)

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

8. Archie Smeaton (Yorkshire Carnegie / Hymers College)

 

Replacements

 

16. Rory Jackson (Edinburgh Academy)

17. Alex Maxwell (Brooksby Melton College / Leicester Tigers)

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

19. Tom Morris (Dollar Academy)

20. Jack Hill (Sedbergh School)

21. Jamie Dobie* (Merchiston Castle School)

22. Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol / SGS College)

23. Scott Robeson (George Heriot’s School)

24. Rory Darge* (Borders College / Melrose)

25. Robbie McCallum* (Loretto School)

26. Charlie Hudson (St Peter’s, York)

 

*BT Sport Academy Player Supported Player