Scotland U16 40-3 Newcastle Falcons U16

Scotland under-16s warmed up for next month's Wellington Festival with a convincing 40-3 win over a young Newcastle Falcons side in a training match on the 3G pitch at Murrayfield this afternoon.

The Falcons kicked an early penalty to go ahead but the Scots hit back with a try after 21 minutes.

Ross McCann got over the whitewash and captain Ewan Fox converted to make it 7-3 to Scotland.

A second try for Scotland followed 10 minutes later through Gregor Paxton and once again Fox converted to give them a 14-3 lead at the break.

Early in the second-half Newcastle Falcons missed a penalty and then after 54 minutes George Blackwell touched down for Scotland, with Gregor Haldane adding the extras to increase their lead to 21-3.

Charlie Lonergan then scored two tries in six minutes, with Gregor Haldane converting both to make it 35-3 to Scotland with just over ten minutes left on the clock.

Hamish Bains scored the Scots’ sixth and final try of the afternoon on 73 minutes to make it 40-3, but this time Haldane missed the conversion.

Scotland under-16 head coach Gary Mercer was pleased with the performance and result ahead of next month’s Wellington Festival.

He said: "The last two weekends of training have been very productive and the boys have collectively come together as a group.

"They have trained well and with good intensity, which was evident today with a convincing victory over Newcastle Falcons."

Scotland under-16 squad:

Graham Allan (St Columba's School), Hamish Bain (Portobello High School), Paul Cairncross (East Kilbride / Calderglen High School), Kenneth Drummond (George Watson's College/Watsonians), Matthew Fagerson (Dundee Eagles / Strathallan School), Ewan Fox (Dundee Eagles / High School of Dundee), Gregor Haldane (Stirling County / Dollar Academy), Andrew Horne (Preston Lodge RFC / Preston Lodge High School), Charlie Lonergan (GHA / St Aloysius' College), Ross McCann (Royal High Cougars / Royal High School), Gary Munro (Jed Thistle RFC / Jedburgh Grammar School), Mark New (Mackie RFC / Mackie Academy), Gregor Paxton (Kilmarnock RFC / Grange Academy), Charlie Shiel (Royal High Cougars / Royal High School), Bruce Sorbie (Robert Gordon's College), Aaron Tait (Ayr RFC / Wellington School), Sam Yawayawa (Boroughmuir RFC / Firhill High School), Callum Eastwood (George Watson's College/Watsonians), Lloyd Clark (Moffat RFC / Austin Friars), Thomas Klein (Melrose / Earlston High School), Ewan Malloch (George Watson's College/Watsonians), George Blackwell (Kirkham Grammar School), Jamie Ross (Marbella RFC / Bayside Comprehensive School), Ralph Johnston (Wigton RUFC / Nelson Tomlinson School), Alan Gregory (Cambridge RUFC / Kings, Ely), Ben Scoular (Old Leamingtonians RFC / Warwick School)