Match report: Scotland U20 v Uruguay U20
Scotland U20 fell to defeat in their final pool stage match against Uruguay U20 in Nairobi, meaning they will compete in the 3rd/4th place playoff on Sunday.
Uruguay kicked off the scoring when some quick passing allowed their centre to slip past Scottish defence and dot down over the line on the right side.
Scotland were almost in a for a quick response, but a penalty conceded by Craig Davidson just half a meter short of the whitewash stripped the opportunity from the men in blue.
Another penalty for Uruguay let their stand-off having another shot at the sticks. He was successful, bringing Scotland’s opponents to 10 points ahead.
Finally, to lower Scotland fans’ heartrates, the forwards trundled towards the line with structured pick and goes to get Eddie Erskine over the line. Ben Afshar’s accurate boot got the conversion.
A few minutes after his try, Eddie Erskine was sent to the sin bin for taking the man in the air at a lineout.
Uruguay capitalised off the Scots being one man down and scored their second try of the afternoon with a driving maul.
Another chance at another five points for Scotland came shortly after, but clever defence from Uruguay kept Corey Tait held up.
Another three points came for Uruguay when out of nowhere, the full back surprised all with a successful 50 metre drop goal.
Scotland came back fighting with a heavy driving maul – something that has proved successful for the team throughout the tournament. The forwards managed push past defence with Corey Tait at the helm who crashed over the line. Ben Afshar completed the points with a successful kick.
Half time: Scotland U20 14-20 Uruguay U20
A knock on from the Scots allowed the Uruguayan backs to race up the pitch and stretch over the line, adding another try just after half time.
Simple but effective, the Scots utilised their powerful driving mauls once again and Corey Tait was over the whitewash for his second try of the match.
Another penalty was awarded to Uruguay for Scotland collapsing the scrum and they took advantage with another successful shot at a long-range kick.
Scotland responded by shortening the points gap through yet another driving maul, this time with previous try-scorer Eddie Erskine finishing a phase later.
Some disciplined pick and gos allowed Uruguay front foot ball which led to a fourth try for them with just over ten minutes to go, and an 11-point lead.
Scotland pushed frantically in the final minutes for a response, but Uruguay held firm and took the win.
Full time: Scotland U20 26-37 Uruguay U20