Scotland U20 claim emphatic win against Wales

Scotland were victorious in their round 5 match of the U20 Six Nations tonight at the Stadiwm Zipworld in Colwyn Bay. The match, which was the only Six Nations match to go ahead this weekend, kicked off in front a small crowd of just family due to the ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus in the UK.

It was the visitors that kicked the match off and quickly forced Wales into a competitive game with two penalties in the opening minutes, both in Scotland’s favour.

Scotland hooker, Ewan Ashman played a bold move putting the ball right out the back of the line-out. It was taken by Rufus McLean who weaved his way through the Welsh players and over the try line. Nathan Chamberlain added the extras to give Scotland an early lead. (0-7)

Scotland were penalised for holding on following the restart and gave Wales their first opportunity to put points on the board. Sam Costelow opted to kick to posts, but his kick from the halfway line went shy and play resumed.

Scotland had their turn next as a strong shift from the pack in the scrum resulted in a penalty in Scotland’s favour. Chamberlain stepped up and extended the lead with a smooth kick between the posts. (0-10)

Scotland continued to pile on the pressure in the first half against the strong Welsh side. A great break down the wing from Jacob Henry saw the side race towards the Welsh 22' and edge closer to their second try.

A line out on the 5m line proved to be victorious for Scotland. The welsh pack pushed hard against the visitor’s driving lineout maul but Scotland managed to spin the ball out to the backline. A pass from the breakdown to Chamberlain pushed Scotland’s lead further when he dived over the line.

He converted his own try to put the visitors into a comfortable lead. (0-17)

As the half-way mark drew closer, Wales pulled themselves back into the game retaining possession and territory. The hosts tried to get their first points on the board with a penalty from the halfway line, but Costelow just missed.

Half-time: Wales 0-17 Scotland

Wales came back strong in the second half holding onto their possession and edging their way into the Scottish line. They piled on the pressure and forced Scotland into a penalty. A kick to touch gave them the territory they needed.

The hosts put in an impressive driving line-out maul from the 22’. Scotland held them back initially, but the Welsh pack were patient and powered all the way. Morgan Strong crashed over the line for the hosts first score of the match. (5-17)

Wales made a couple of changes, but Scotland were quick to fire out with some quick, expansive attacking rugby on display.

A fantastic set play from the line-out resulted in Scotland’s third try of the match. Cameron Henderson made solid ground before off-loading to Connor Boyle who powered over the line. Chamberlain added the extras. (5-24)

Wales showed how dangerous they can be in attack as a response. They strung the passes together and worked the ball along the line, with Bradley Roderick carrying the ball over the whitewash. (10-24)

Chamberlain put in an impressive solo try to secure a bonus point for Scotland. A neat chip a chase gave the stand-off the chance to score his second try of the match. He converted his own try and Scotland edged their lead even further. (10-31)

Again, the hosts responded quickly. A kick from Luke Scully and hooker Booth showed some pace to gather the ball and dive over the line. Conversion was successful. (17-31)

As the match headed towards the final ten minutes, Jack Blain evaded two defenders before passing to Chamberlain. The stand-off put in an incredible effort to score his third try and seal the hat-trick. Another successful conversion and the score was firmly in Scotland’s favour. (17-38)

The points kept on coming for Scotland as they used the momentum to make the final ten minutes count. Ollie Smith dived over the line for Scotland’s fifth try of the match with Chamberlain again adding the extras. (17-45)

Into the final minutes and an intercept from Robbie McCallum, followed by a sprint to the try line, gave Scotland the half century that they deserved for this match.

Player of the Match Nathan Chamberlain successfully converted the final try of the match.

​Full-time: Wales 17-52 Scotland

Head Coach Sean Lineen was obviously delighted by his sides impressive victory away from home.

“We knew that this last game was going to be a big one. We prepared pretty well all week. The pitch suited us nicely and the boys played some really good rugby." Sean Lineen

He continued to say: “This group of players have been together for a few years now. They had a good U18 championship a couple of years ago and they have been pretty competitive in all of the Six Nations matches.”

Player of the Match Nathan Chamberlain praised the team. He said: “Our defensive effort was absolutely outstanding today. The first half, to keep them to 0-17, was great from the boys. A good effort. And to then come out roaring and scoring a lot of tries. Even our defence in the second half was really good as well. I am really pleased.”

Wales U20s: 15. Ioan Lloyd, 14. Frankie Jones, 13. Bradley Roderick, 12. Aneurin Owen, 11. Mason Grady, 10. Sam Costelow, 9. Ellis Bevan; 1. Theo Bevacqua, 2. Dom Booth, 3. Ben Warren, 4. James Fender, 5. Ben Carter, 6. Ioan Davies, 7. Jac Morgan (C), 8. Morgan Strong

Replacements: 16. Will Griffiths, 17. Callum Williams, 18. Harry O’Connor, 19. Ed Scragg, 20. Gwilym Bradley, 21. Dafydd Buckland, 22. Joe Hawkins, 23. Luke Scully

Scotland U20s: 15. Ollie Smith, 14. Rufus McLean, 13. Matthew Currie, 12. Robbie McCallum, 11. Jacob Henry, 10. Nathan Chamberlain, 9. Roan Frostwick; 1. Thomas Lambert, 2. Ewan Ashman, 3. Mak Wilson, 4. Kieran Watt, 5. Cameron Henderson, 6. Jack Hill, 7. Connor Boyle, 8. Rory Darge (C)

Replacements: 16. Rory Jackson, 17. Alex Maxwell, 18. George Breese, 19. Jamie Campbell, 20. Gregor Brown, 21. Kyle McGhie, 22. Cameron Scott, 23. Jack Blain

live commentary 7:35 PM Friday 13 Mar 2020

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