Scotland U20 vs Italy U20, Fri, 01/02/2019 - 19:30

Scotland U20
22 - 32
Full time
Italy U20
Friday, 1 February, 2019 - 19:30 | Netherdale

Scotland U20 suffered a disappointing start to their 2019 Six Nations campaign despite a valiant effort in the second-half which saw them score two tries in quick succession (22-32).

On a bitterly cold night at Netherdale, the Scots were left rueing costly errors which marred the progress of their attack at crucial moments of the game.  

Scotland U20 Head Coach, Carl Hogg, said: “We lacked accuracy tonight. Especially in our exit zones – we put ourselves under a lot of pressure with spilled passes and poor execution.

“After half-time, we had a twenty period where we were nice and composed in our own half. We played the ball out and put some speed on the ball and we looked a dangerous side, however, unfortunately we didn’t do that over the 80 minutes.

“I thought we came in to the game with lots of energy and lots of endeavour, but because our error count was so high, it’s difficult to maintain intensity within the game.”

He continued: “When we get it right, we look a good rugby team. But we didn’t get it right over an 80-minute period.

“There was a twenty-minute period where there was a good insight into what this team can achieve this Six Nations. There’s definitely talent within this team and you could see that we’re capable of playing some really good rugby.”

This visitor’s efficiency in attack gave them the upper hand in the early exchanges, and it didn’t take long for the Italians to initiate the scoring when Paolo Garbisi slotted through an early penalty (0-3).

The Italians edged further out in front when Matteo Norcera crashed his way over the line, with Garbisi’s conversion attempt falling wide (0-8).                                                    

Moments later, the Italians were looking dangerous again and got themselves back on the scoreboard following another successful penalty by Garbisi (0-11).

Buoyed by the growing dominance in possession and territory, Scotland were soon able to creep into the opposition’s 22.

The Italian defence, however, managed to bring to a halt some promising Scotland attacks, with stand-off Ross Thompson being the only Scot on the scoresheet with a sole first-half penalty, despite prolonged periods of pressure on the opposition line (3-11).

HALF-TIME: Scotland U20 3-11 Italy U20

It was a brighter start for the hosts following the interval as the side came out firing when an initial searing break by Sam Grahamslaw broke up the Italian defence before the ball eventually found Connor Boyle who darted over the whitewash, with Thompson adding the extras (10-11).

With momentum growing, the Scots hauled themselves back into contention and were able to take the lead for the first time in the game when Charlie Jupp darted over the line, with Thompson successfully converting the score (17-11).

Italy were down to 14-men when Koffi was shown a yellow card, however, the hosts were unable to capitalise during the period.

The visitors unlocked the Scottish defence once again when hooker Niccolo Taddia pushed past to score in the corner, with Garbisi splitting the uprights (17-18).

The Italians were able to hit their stride once again and strengthened their position in the game when Federico Mori crossed the whitewash (17-25).

On the 69thminute, the Netherdale crowd were on their feet as Jack Blain picked a great line to sidled his way through the defence before off-loading to Rufus McLean who sprinted over the line (22-25).

The visitors quashed any potential comeback in the last minute of the game when the Italians dotted down on the line, with Garbisi adding the final touches of the night with another successful conversion (22-32).

FULL-TIME: Scotland U20 22-32 Italy U20

Team lineups

Scotland U20
Italy U20

Backs

Backs

15 Jacopo Trulla
14 Edoardo Mastandrea
13 Matteo Moscardi
12 Damiano Mazza
11 Micheal Mba
10 Garbisi
9 Alessandro Fusco

Forwards

1 Matteo Drudi
2 Niccolo Taddia
3 Matteo Nocera
4 Nicolae Stoian
5 Thomas Parolo
6 Mirco Finotto
7 Davide Ruggeri
8 Antoine Koffi

Substitutes

16 Luca Franceschetto
17 Gianmarco Lucchesi
18 Filippo Alongi
19 Marco Butturini
20 Angelo Maurizi
21 Gianmarco Piva
22 Giacomo da Re
23 Federico Mori
Man of the match: 
Paolo Garbisi

U20 Six Nations Championship 2019 latest results

Scotland U20 5 v 24 Ireland U20
Scotland U20 22 v 32 Italy U20