Ireland U20 vs Scotland U20 , Fri, 18/03/2016 - 19:35

Ireland U20
26 - 18
Full time
Scotland U20
Friday, 18 March, 2016 - 19:35 | Donnybrook

Scotland under-20 were unable to build on a one-point half-time lead in Dublin, as a second-half surge from their Irish counterparts saw the home-side record a 26-18 victory and claim third spot in the Six Nations table at the close of the championship.

John Dalziel’s men led 13-12 at the break through a fine Darcy Graham try and eight points from the boot of stand-off Adam Hastings, however Ireland rallied after the break, and two tries in quick succession in the third quarter opened up a gap which proved too great for Scotland to overcome. 

Dalziel said: “We had a lot of injuries throughout the game and lost a lot of key guys, but the players on the pitch gave everything. 

“The Irish defence really tightened up in the second-half, and there was a couple of moments and missed opportunities which we didn’t take despite the amount of possession we had.

“Ireland really grew into the game and their defence in the second-half proved really hard to break down

“We were missing a few boys going into the game, but the players that came in, Stephen Ainslie and the likes, were outstanding. They’re a resilient bunch so they’ll bounce back knowing that they can do better than the performance tonight.

Adam Hastings was first on the scoresheet with a fifth minute penalty, to which he added another ten minutes later to put Scotland 6-0 up with a quarter of the game gone.

Ireland replied with through hooker and man-of-the-match Adam McBurney, who bundled over the whitewash following a lineout drive. Stand-off Johnny McPhillips was successful with the conversion to give his side the lead for the first time in the match (7-6).

Back-row Matt Smith left the pitch for an HIA after 28 minuutes, to be replaced by debutant Lee Scott.

Scotland looked the more dangerous of the sides in attack, and their persistence paid off when Darcy Graham picked a lovely inside line off the ever-aware Hugh Fraser, and used his pace to leave the scrambling defenders in his wake. Hastings split the uprights with the conversion to put Scotland 13-7 ahead.

Almost instantaneously, Ireland replied with a try of their own from wing Jacob Stockdale, who was the beneficiary of his die putting the ball through the hands and exposing their extra men in the wide channels (12-13).

Half-time: Scotland 13 v 12 Ireland

The home-side carried their momentum forth into the second-half, and grabbed  their third try in the 44th minute, with back-row Will Connors being awarded with the score following a TMO decision. Full-back Brett Connon adopted kicking duties, and slotted the conversion (19-13).

Scotland suffered more injuries following the try as wing Robbie Nairn suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Ruaridh Dawson – a scrum-half.

Ireland rallied and looked confident following the score, and extended their lead in the 55th minute through a penalty try, after a series of scrum infringements from the Scots, to which Connon added the extras (26-13).

As a consequence of the repeat offences, tighthead prop, Callum Sheldon, was shown a yellow card and Scotland were reduced to 14-men.

Despite the disadvantage, Scotland battled on and showed great resilience to close the deficit through centre George Taylor, who added pace and power to a well-worked counter-attack to score in the corner. In the absence of Hastings, Rory Hutchinson took on the kicking duties, but was unable to slot the conversion (26-18).

Scotland, buoyed by Taylor’s score, went back on the attack immediately, yet couldn’t find the finishing touches needed to close the deficit further.

Full-time: Scotland 18 v 26 Ireland

Team lineups

Ireland U20
Scotland U20


15 Brett Connon
14 Hugo Keenan
13 Shane Daly
12 Conor O’Brien
11 Jacob Stockdale
10 Johnny McPhillips
9 John Poland


1 James Bollard
2 Adam McBurney
3 Conan O'Donnell
4 Peter Claffey
5 James Ryan
6 Cillian Gallagher
7 Will Connors
8 Greg Jones


16 Hugo Kean
17 Andrew Porter
18 Ben Betts
19 Sean O'Connor
20 Max Deegan
21 Niall Saunders
22 Paul Kiernan
23 Terry Kennedy


20 Lee Scott
21 Ruaridh Dawson

U20 6 Nations Championship 2016 table

1Wales U20550010
2France U2054108
3Ireland U2053206
4Scotland U20 52304
5England U2051402
6Italy U2050500

U20 6 Nations Championship 2016 latest results

Ireland U20 26 v 18 Scotland U20
Wales U20 35 v 6 Italy U20
France U20 41 v 17 England U20
Scotland U20 21 v 36 France U20
England U20 16 v 42 Wales U20