Wales v Scotland

An exciting start at Stadium Zip World saw both teams win penalties inside the opening three minutes, but neither side could utilise it with Wales kicking for the corner only to put the ball dead, followed by Christian Townsend’s attempt at three points, which was missed to the left.

The following ten minutes saw Scotland’s forward pack dominate proceedings, and in the fourteenth minute Scotland’s decision to tap and go from a penalty five metres set the squad up for fruitful beginnings. Charging for the line in a strong body position and backed by his team-mates, Number 8, Matthew Deehan could not be stopped, grabbing his first try of the tournament, and putting the first of the night’s points on the board.

Scotland where soon back up to to the line again with excellent work from scrum-half Murray Redpath. The Scots won two penalties in quick succession and began to pile the pressure on Wales, but an error in the lineout meant the home side could relieve the danger.

With Wales back in attack in the final five minutes of the second half, Scotland’s defence was fierce and, a great read in midfield gave Andy Stirrat the opportunity to drive his opposite man back in the tackle. Wales then made a half-break but again Scotland stood firm, and Deehan was straight over the ball for the steal. Murray Redpath saw space in the backfield for a box kick, but it was just too strong and rolled dead.

Wales made their first real noteworthy attack in the final three minutes of the half, shipping the ball out to the left, winning a penalty on Scotland’s 22. They kicked for the corner, but Scotland’s maul defence was strong, and Ollie Melville soon hacked a loose ball clear.

Despite moments to go, Wales were gaining momentum and won another penalty, this time in front of the posts. Jac Lloyd went for the three in an effort to narrow the Welsh deficit but his effort struck the left post, and Scotland were able to see the ball away for half time.

Half time: Wales U20 0-7 Scotland U20

The visitors second half was initially off to a strong start as Wales’ penalty count continued to grow. Scotland picked up a penalty from just under 40 metres after 45 minutes, and into a strong wind Robin McClintock slotted a penalty to extend their lead to 0-10.

But the home side were soon back in the match. Alex Mann played Tom Cowan through a small gap, and he wonderfully offloaded back to Mann, who powered over from four yards.

Scotland survived a short period where Wales were on top, and after a kick to the corner from a penalty, Rhys Tait got the ball to hooker Paddy Harrison after clever lineout, but his foot was in touch as he tried to force his way towards the try line.

The young Scottish side continued to press and it wasn’t before long that Wales were penalised again, this time for not releasing. McClintock took a shot at goal from 45 metres out into the wind but connected with it beautifully and the ball clipped the right post on the way over.

Unfortunately, the tides were set to turn and Wales soon took the lead for the first time. An overthrow at the Scottish lineout inside their own 22 gave the home side possession, and Joe Hawkins ran an excellent line to pick a hole in the defence and run over from close range.

Another try was round the corner for the hosts. Winning a penalty from a scrum in their own half, Wales mauled Scotland a long way back to win yet another penalty, opting to kick for the corner. Despite Scotland’s maul defence standing strong, replacement scrum half Morgan Lloyd found Harri Houston in space on the right wing, who dived over the whitewash.

Wales secured the bonus point with the last play of the game. Joe Hawkins found another great line, and after a tackle on the line, Morgan Morse had the simple task of finishing it off under the posts leaving Scotland hard done by after a strong showing, particularly in the first half.

Full time: Wales U20 26-13 Scotland U20

Referee: Sara Cox

Player of the Match: Alex Mann (Wales)

Scotland: 15. Robin McClintock 14. Ross McKnight 13. Duncan Munn 12. Andy Stirrat 11. Ollie Melville 10. Christian Townsend 9. Murray Redpath 1. Mikey Jones 2. Patrick Harrison 3. Gregor Scougall 4. Josh Taylor 5. Max Williamson 6. Olujare Oguntibeju 7. Rhys Tait CAPTAIN 8. Matt Deehan

Replacements: 16. Gregor Hiddleston 17. Ali Rogers 18. Callum Norrie 19. Jake Spurway 20. Robert Gordon 21. Jonty Cope 22. Euan Cunningham 23. Ben Evans

Wales: 15. Cam Winnett 14. Harri Houston 13. Eddie James 12. Joe Hawkins 11. Oli Andrew 10. Jac Lloyd 9. Archie Hughes 1. Rhys Barratt 2. Efan Daniel 3. Adam Williams 4. Benji Williams 5. Ryan Woodman 6. Tom Cowan 7. Ethan Frackrell 8. Alex Mann CAPTAIN

Replacements: 16. Morgan Veness 17. Joe Cowell 18. Ellis Fackrell 19. Lewis Jones 20. Morgan Morse 21. Morgan Lloyd 22. Daniel Edwards 23. Joe Westwood

live commentary 8:00 PM Friday 11 Feb 2022

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