Scotland U20 V Wales U20
Scotland U20 marked their first win of their Six Nations campaign with a 27-20 victory over Wales in a thrilling encounter at Meggetland in front of a 2,473 strong crowd.
The hosts efficiency in attack gave them the upper hand during the first-half of the match – setting the high tempo and commanding possession – as they were able to run in three tries and hold a 13-point lead at the break.
Their Welsh counterparts were able to hit back in the second-half, as fresh legs off the bench brought in a new lease of life for the side, however the visitors were unable to catch up to Scotland’s early lead.
Scotland Head Coach, Carl Hogg, said: “We’ve seen glimpses of what they can achieve in recent games, but they’ve not been able to do it over an 80-minute timeline, but I thought for 75 minutes tonight, we were excellent.
“We always looked the dominant side and looked in control and we did the simple things very well.
“I’m just delighted for the players because it’s them who have put in the hard work over the last 5/6 weeks and they’ve got their just rewards.”
The Scots enjoyed the early bulk of the possession and were able to reap the rewards when skipper Connor Boyle cruised passed the Welsh defence to put the first points on the scoreboard [5-0].
Several breaks and quick phases lifted the crowd again for a concerted period of pressure, and it wasn’t long until the hosts scored their second try of the night as Roan Frostwick flicked the ball out to Robbie McCallum who raced under the posts. Ross Thompson added the extras [12-0].
Scotland’s rapid defence hindered the visitor’s opportunities and the hosts were able to bring to a halt some promising attacks despite being reduced to 14 men following a yellow card for Kwagga van Niekerk.
Momentum shifted over a brief period as Wales were able to get on the scoreboard following two successful penalties by Cai Evans [12-6]
Scotland’s retort was prompt, however, as Thompson drilled an accurate cross-field kick over to the opposite wing which saw Rory McMichael collect and dot down over the line [17-6].
Thompson was successful with the conversion to give the side a 13-point lead into the interval [19-6].
HALF-TIME: Scotland U20 19-6 Wales U20
Scotland came out firing at the beginning of the second period and strengthened their position in the game following a successful penalty by Thompson [22-6].
The hosts were able to build on the tally when a series of slick passes created space for Jack Blain to exploit as the winger scampered over the line to open a substantial gap on the scoreboard [27-6].
Wales rang the changes across a number of positions and began to assert their dominance in attack.
Following a series of sustained pressure, the Welsh side were able to cross the line for their first try of the game as Will Griffiths raced over the whitewash, with Evans adding the extras [27-13].
Replacement Sam Costelow – who looked dangerous whenever he had possession of the ball – trotted over the line on the stroke of full-time, with Evans capping it off with another successful conversion [27-20].
FULL-TIME: Scotland U20 27-20 Wales U20
Man-of-the-match: Connor Boyle
Referee: Joy Neville (IRFU)
Scotland U20: Matt Davidson; Rory McMichael, Cameron Anderson, Robbie McCallum, Jack Blain; Ross Thompson, Roan Frostwick; Murphy Walker, Ewan Ashman, Euan McLaren, Ewan Johnson, Cameron Henderson, Charlie Jupp, Connor Boyle CAPTAIN, Kwagga van Nierkerk
Replacements: Angus Fraser, Andrew Nimmo, Will Hurd, Ross Bundy, Jack Mann, Murray Scott, Nathan Chamberlain, Ollie Smith
Wales U20: Ioan Davies; Alex Morgan, Max Llewellyn, Aneurin Owen, Dewi Cross; Cai Evans, Dafydd Buckland; Kemsley Mathias, Dewi Lake, Ben Warren, Teddy Williams, Jac Price, Ellis Thomas, Jac Morgan, Iestyn Rees
live commentary 7:30 PM Friday 8 Mar 2019
Roan Frostwick9. Scrum half
Ross Thompson10. Flyhalf
Jack Blain11. Left Wing
Robbie McCallum12. Inside Centre
Cameron Anderson13. Outside Centre
Rory McMichael14. Right Wing
Matt Davidson15. Full Back
Murphy Walker1. Loosehead
Ewan Ashman2. Hooker
Euan McLaren3. Tighthead
Ewan Johnson4. Lock
Cameron Henderson5. Lock
Charlie Jupp6. Blindside Flanker
Connor Boyle7. Openside Flanker
Kwagga Van Niekerk8. Number 8