Young Scots beat USA to secure place at JWC 2014

In their fourth match at this year's IRB Junior World Championship, Scotland under-20 defeated their USA counterparts, 39-3, to win through to Sunday's play-off for ninth place and also ensured their place in the tournament in 2014 in New Zealand.

Captain and centre Mark Bennett lead by example, reponsible for two tries and 22 of his team's points in the five-try victory, the other scores coming from scrum half Scott Steele, full-back JJ Kilmartin and centre Chris Auld. Bennett added two penalties and three conversions, with a final conversion from stand-off Ben Cooper.

Head coach Sean Lineen said: "After taking the lead early on we weathered the storm to come back in the second half. Conditions weren't great, it was raining heavily and we took a while to wear them down - we came through in the end, though.

"They made it difficult for us in the first half but we upped our game after the break. Mark Bennett led really well, JJ [Kilmartin] ran well and Rory Hughes did a good job on the wing.

"Robbie Wilson came off the bench at tighthead and put in a performance, too. We were trying out some different combinations and people really put their hands up for the next game."

That next game will be against their final pool opponents from last week, Samoa, and Lineen does not underestimate the task in hand.

He said: "It'll be a truly massive game. We stuck in there to win last time. The Samoans are a stone a man heavier than us - and now we have to work out how to wear them down."

Coming out of the traps at pace, the Scots struck first, forcing the USA to make errors, with two penalties in the first ten minutes secured by the boot of Bennett. The Americans fought back to keep the score at 6-0 until the dying moments of the first half when scrum half Scott Steele saw the gap and crossed the whitewash, the score converted by Bennett to make it 13-0 at the break.

It was Bennett again who added the first points of the second half, converting his own try after 44 minutes, the USA adding their only points five minutes later with a penalty, closely followed by their second yellow card of the game.

Ten minutes later and it was a repeat performance from Bennett, who added another seven points, increasing Scotland's lead to 27-3. Another unconverted score from full back JJ Kilmartin widened the gap after 70 minutes and just shy of the final whistle, centre Chris Auld touched down, his try converted by stand-off Ben Cooper to end the game 39-3.

Scotland now meet Samoa on Sunday (23 June) kicking off at 2pm BST to play for 9th place.

Scotland under-20 team v USA under-20, 9-12 play-off, Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes

15 Jamie Kilmartin (Bath Rugby)
14 Jamie Farndale (Edinburgh Rugby/Edinburgh Accies)
13 Chris Auld (Edinburgh Rugby/Gala)
12 Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) (captain)
11 Rory Hughes (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County)

10 Ben Cooper (Otley)
9 Scott Steele (Leicester Tigers)

1 Jamie Bhatti (Stirling County) *
2 Callum Black (Edinburgh Accies)
3 Phil Cringle (Edinburgh Rugby/Stewart’s Melville FP)
4 Ruairidh Leishman (Stirling County)
5 Adam Sinclair (Perpignan)
6 Eoghan Masterson (Leinster)
7 Will Bordill (Glasgow Warriors)
8 Tommy Spinks (London Scottish)

Substitutes
16
Reyner Kennedy (Stirling County) (on for Black, 50m)
17 Robbie Wilson (Boroughmuir) (on for Cringle, 65m)
18 James Malcolm (GHA) * (on for Bhatti, 55m)
19 Alex Henderson (Boroughmuir) (on for Masterson, 50m)
20 Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors/Stirling County) (on for Spinks, 70m)
21 Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) (on for Steele, 60m)
22 Blair Hutchison (Loughborough Students) (on for Bennett, 62m)
23 Damien Hoyland (Boroughmuir)

* supported by sportscotland Institute of Sport

Scotland under-20 JWC fixture schedule:
Argentina under-20 (44-13) Scotland under-20
Scotland under-20 21-26 Wales under-20
Scotland under-20 36-33 Samoa under-20

Scotland under-20 39-3 USA under-20 (9-12 play-off)
Scotland under-20 v Samoa under-20 (9th place play-off), Sunday 23 June, k/o 2pm BST, Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes