Scotland U20 vs Ireland U20, Fri, 08/02/2019 - 19:30

Scotland U20
5 - 24
Full time
Ireland U20
Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 19:30 | Netherdale

Scotland U20s lost to their Irish counterparts at Netherdale tonight 5-24.

The visitors enjoyed more penetration in attack and scored three tries to Scotland’s one in match that was evenly contested for the most part.

Ireland managed the strong wind well throughout and used the pace in their back division to better effect, scoring a sweeping move on the final whistle.

Scotland had the better of the breakdown, but failed to use the wind at their back in the second half at establish any consistent territory.

Ireland’s penalty infringements were punished with Scottish kicks into the opposition half but twice the resulting line-out went awry in the second half as the hosts attempted to get a foot-hold in the game and they were forced to rebuild again.

Small errors cost the Scotland side any continuity in attack and they were only able to put together multiple phases on a handful of occasions.

Scotland ended the first half facing a 10pt deficit having played into the stiff wind and the game was still there for the taking.

A short range try from Irish hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin, converted by fly-half Harry Bryne on 22minutes and an earlier Byrne penalty separated the teams at the end of the first 40mins.

Despite drawing a higher penalty count from the visitors Scotland were unable to punish the Irish with significant territory gains due the headwind, despite fly-half Ross Thompson hitting a lower trajectory on occasion.

Indeed Thompson tested the conditions with a penalty attempt on 16mins from well inside the Irish half but the ball was held up in the breeze just short.

Winger Jack Blain and full-back Rufus McLean were hungry for work from the back three and threatened the Irish with runs from deep.

Scotland’s best scoring chance in the first half fell to hooker Euan Ashman who was driven to the Irish line from a lineout inside the Irish 22 only to lose the ball inches from the whitewash.

Facing a 10-0 deficit at half-time Scotland went to the bench early in the second period with Nathan Chamberlain coming on for fly-half Ross Thompson on 46minutes, closely followed by an injury to centre Cameron Anderson which brought on Matthew Davidson two minutes later.

The home side spent decent time in the opposition half but small handling errors broke up any attacking continuity and didn’t allow for phases to be built and the Irish defence to the stretched.

Ireland extended their lead further to 17-0 on the hour mark after their back row Scott Penny linked up with centre Liam Taylor to break into the hosts 22. Ireland built their phases and number 8 John Hodnett scored. Byrne converted for 0-17.

Scotland then had their strongest spell, when despite having centre Robbie McCallum in the sin bin, they kicked deep into the Irish 22 from a penalty and were patient in their phases which was finished off under a pile of bodies from short-range by skipper Connor Boyle on 71 minutes. Conversion missed.

Ireland themselves looked most dangerous through their centres especially 13 Liam Taylor, who was awarded Man of the Match.

The outside centre helped to create the final score as he attacked the Scottish defensive line and fed winger Jonathan Wren at pace who then beat the defence to score on the final whistle. Byrne converted.

Final score Scotland 5 – 24 Ireland


15. Rufus McLean, 14. Rory McMichael, 13. Cameron Anderson, 12. Robbie McCallum, 11. Jack Blain, 10. Ross Thompson, 9. Roan Frostwick, 1. Murphy Walker, 2. Ewan Ashman, 3. Euan McLaren, 4. Ewan Johnson 5. Cameron Henderson, 6. Charlie Jupp 7.  Connor Boyle ©, 8.Kwagga Van Niekirk


16. Angus Fraser, 17. Andrew Nimmo (on for Murphy 71’), 18. Will Hurd (on for McLaren 63’) 19. Ross Bundy (on for Johnson 60’), 20. Jack Mann (on for Van Niekirk 56’), 21. Kyle McGhie (on for Frostwick 60’), 22. Nathan Chamberlain (on for Thompson 46’) 23. Matt Davidson (on for Cameron Anderson 48’)


15. Jake Flannery, 14. Conor Phillips, 13. Liam Turner, 12. David Hawkshaw, 11. Jonathan Wren, 10. Harry Byrne, 9. Cormac Foley, 1. Josh Wycherley, 2. Dylan Tierney-Martin, 3. Thomas Clarkson, 4. Charlie Ryan, 5. Niall Murray, 6. Martin Moloney, 7. Scott Penny, 8. Josh Hodnett.


16. John McKee, 17. Michael Milne, 18. Luke Masters, 19. Brian Deeny, 20. David McCann, 21. Colm Reilly, 22. Sean French, 23. Rob Russell.

Team lineups

Scotland U20
Ireland U20


15 Jake Flannery
14 Conor Phillips
13 Liam Turner
12 David Hawkshaw
11 Jonathan Wren
10 Harry Byrne
9 Corman Foley


1 Josh Wycherley
2 Dylan Tierney Martin
3 Thomas Clarkson
4 Charlie Ryan
5 Niall Murray
6 Martin Moloney
7 Scott Penny
8 John Hodnett


16 John McKee
17 Michael Milne
18 Luke Masters
19 Brian Deeny
20 David McCann
21 Colin Reilly
22 Sean French
23 Rob Russell
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Man of the match: 
Liam Taylor (Ireland U20)

U20 Six Nations Championship 2019 latest results

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