Scotland U20s V Ireland U20s

Scotland under-20 capped a terrific Six Nations campaign with a 17-10 victory over Ireland under-20 to maintain their unbeaten record at Netherdale this year.

The result meant that the Scotland age-grade side secured at least a third-place finish, the highest in their history.

Scotland under-20 Head Coach, Sean Lineen, said: “We scored three great line-out drive tries and it could have been a lot more, but I’m really impressed with the guys because they never gave up.

“We showed fantastic team spirit and it’s great for the guys to get a deserved win against tough opposition.”

An Irish knock-on from the kick-off allowed Scotland to mount some early pressure and in the opening two minutes Lewis Carmichael won a line-out which allowed a drive over for Neil Irvine-Hess to get the first score of the match.

Scrum-half George Horne knocked over a further two points with the conversion.

Early Scotland dominance in the scrum lead to a penalty inside Irish territory, which Horne skewed just wide of the mark.

Moments later roles were reversed, with Bradbury taking another line-out and Carmichael touching down after the driving maul to increase the score to 12-0 with Horne missing the chance to put more points on the board.

As Ireland began to get a foothold in the game the home side’s defence was put to the test, winger Stephen Fitzgerald broke the line only to be stopped by Rory Hutchinson.

Soon after, Ireland’s stand-off Ross Byrne got their first points of the evening in the 24th minute, slotting a kick from distance after Scotland were penalised for failing to roll away in the ruck.

It took the men in green 32 minutes to score their first and only try, winning a line-out around half-way and moving the ball through the hands from right to left, finishing with Billy Dardis putting in winger Stephen Fitzgerald in the corner.

The tournament’s top point-scorer, Byrne, added the extras with his boot to take his overall tally to 55, and his team to within two points of Scotland as the half-time whistle blew.

Half-time: Scotland 12-10 Ireland

The visitors' momentum continued after the break, putting constant pressure on the Scotland line for the first ten minutes and eventually crossing the whitewash, however it didn’t stand and was pulled back for a knock-on.

Ireland centre Sam Arnold went close again, but thanks to another crucial tackle from Scotland’s Hutchinson, he was stopped just short.

Scotland continued to hold firm, with a strong defensive performance from Zander Fagerson and in the 72nd minute their efforts were rewarded when another line-out and drive resulted in lock Carmichael crossing the line for the second time to give Scotland a 17-10 advantage and seal his man-of-the-match award.

Horne’s follow-up kick glanced across the face of the uprights, but it wasn't to matter, and after a tense final few minutes, Scotland gave the Netherdale crowd a victory to celebrate for the third time this year.

Full-time: Scotland 17-10 Ireland

live commentary 7:30 PM Friday 20 Mar 2015

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