REPORT | Scotland U16 sides finish Colwyn Bay Rugby Festival with strong performances

Scotland U16 Reds and Blues played their final round of fixtures at the Colwyn Bay Rugby Festival on Sunday (8 April).

Scotland U16 Blue finish the festival undefeated with a 43-19 victory over Lambs, while Scotland U16 Red narrowly missed out on a third consecutive win of the festival after Welsh side RGC triumphed over the Scots, winning 35-42.

The six-day festival took place at Parc Eirias, where the young Scots went head-to-head against Welsh sides Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and RGC and English side, The Lambs.

Scotland U16 Greens played two fixtures at the festival, losing out to RGC in their first round before claiming victory over Lambs last week.

Scotland U16 is an important stage in the development of young, ambitious players, with the selected home based 50 being split into two teams – the Reds and the Blues, and an additional team formed entirely of Scottish Qualified players – the Greens.

Players from the three teams will be selected to attend a two-week training camp in Valladolid in Spain over the summer as development programmes in Scotland grow.

 

MATCH PLAY – Sunday 8 April

Scotland U16 Red v RGC

Scotland U16 Reds ran in an impressive four tries in the opening half of their match with RGC. Tom Banatvala, Angus Hoffie (2) and Duncan Hood all touched down in the first half with Christian Townsend coming through with the conversions.

RGC also crossed the white wash but it was Reds that were ahead going into the break.

HT: Scotland U16 Red 28-14 RGC

The Welsh side bounced back in the second period, scoring three more tries. Ewan Henderson added to the Scots’ score-line with Townsend once again converting but it wasn’t enough to secure the win as RGC scored a final try in the closing minutes.

FT: Scotland U16 Red 35-42 RGC

 

Scotland U16 Blue v Lambs

The game was won in the first half for Scotland U16 Blue with an impressive 6 tries from Ross McKnight, Euan Cunningham, Alex Samuel, Tim Brown, Robbie Renwick and Michael Gray with both Peter Wallwark and Luke Armstrong coming through with the conversions.

HT: Scotland U16 Blue 38-19 Lambs

Lambs failed to add to their three tries from the opening period and a final try from Peter Wallwork sealed the Blue’s third consecutive victory of the festival.

FT: Scotland Scotland U16 Blue 43-19 Lambs

Images: Tony Bale (www.tonybale.uk)