Match Report: Scotland U20 v Wales U20 Development Match

Match Report: Scotland U20 v Wales U20 Development Match

A Scotland U20 development match against Wales U20 was played on Saturday at Scotstoun Stadium behind closed doors in preparation for the 2024 Under-20 Six Nations. It was a tight, high-scoring contest throughout the 80 minutes but ultimately the visitors left with a 46-53 win.

The first score of the evening came within the first four minutes and saw Wales’ full back dive over the line after a series of offloads. The conversion was made.

Scotland responded shortly after and a driving maul saw 17-year-old hooker Joe Roberts crash over the whitewash.

A scuppered Scotland clearance let Wales add another quick five points when the ball was picked up by the full back and passed to the scrum half who was over. The conversion was secured.

A collective effort from several Scotland players saw the ball get pushed up the field and into the hands of Kerr Yule who fought his way over the line. Isaac Coates secured the extras.

Almost immediately, Scotland added their third try of the evening when the ball got into the hands of prop Ollie Blyth-Lafferty who pushed his way past the defence to secure the points. Isaac Coates converted again.

After another five minutes of possession, Joe Roberts got his second try when he got his hands on the ball in a driving maul after a successful line out and crashed over.

Wales responded quickly though and a well timed catch a few meters out let their wing slip through the defence and dot down. The conversion was added.

It didn’t take long for Scotland to respond and wing Sam Rockley put his foot on the gas for a solo sprint up the wing and dotted down behind the posts. The conversion was made by Isaac Coates and Scotland were up by 10 points at the break.

HALF-TIME: Scotland U20 31-21 Wales U20

Wales began the scoring for the second half when another driving maul got the ball over the line.

A few minutes later Kerr Yule added his name to the scoreboard when a great break from Fergus Watson let him offload to the centre who dived over the whitewash.

A Wales scrum was set up close to the Scotland line and quick thinking from the scrum half let him take the ball out and down the blind side, slipping past any defence to squeeze into the corner.

The next score came for the hosts after a series of heavy attacking from the forwards let the ball get passed out to Archie Callaghan on the wing who sprinted into the corner.

Only a couple of minutes later Wales added another through a driving maul.

Another successful Wales line out let them repeat their driving maul, which added further five points. The conversion was successful.

After a series of phases, replacement Scotland full back Jack Hocking used his chance to score some points by sprinting his way past the Wales defence and squeezing the ball right in the corner.

The Wales driving mauls proved too strong for the hosts as they added another five points and bringing them out in front.

Five seconds before the fulltime whistle, space on the wing inside the Scotland 22 let the Welsh winger to sprint down and dot down in the corner, finishing the game.

FULL-TIME: Scotland U20 46-53 Wales U20

After the match Head coach Kenny Murray said: “There was lot to take from that game, both positives and things we need to focus on in the coming weeks. This game gave us, as a coaching team, the opportunity to identify players who are at the level we need to take on these big teams that we will face in the Under-20 Six Nations at the start of next year.

“The squad we had today contained a mixture of players, some that have played at U20 level before, and for some it was their first time. We were also missing some experienced guys who we look forward to welcoming back into the squad in the coming weeks.

“A handful of these guys played for the FOSROC Future XV team during the Super Series this year, and today’s match showed that exposure and game time has brought them miles ahead of where they would have been this time last year against a Six Nations team.

“We were dominant in many aspects of this game, and ahead at half time, but we just took our foot off the gas in the second half and let Wales get the better of us.



15. Euan Muirhead (Boroughmuir Bears) 14. Sam Rockley (Stirling Wolves) 13. Johnny Ventisei* (Glasgow Warriors) 12. Kerr Yule* (Glasgow Warriors) (VC) 11. Fergus Watson* (Glasgow Warriors) 10. Isaac Coates* (Edinburgh Rugby) 9. Eric Davey (Stirling Wolves) 1. Callum Smyth (Glasgow Warriors) (C) 2. Joe Roberts (Robert’s Gordon College/Dundee Rugby) 3. Ollie Blyth-Lafferty* (Edinburgh Rugby) 4. Euan McVie* (Edinburgh Rugby) 5. Ryan Burke* (Glasgow Warriors) 6. Fraser Wilson (Hawick RFC) 7. Freddy Douglas* (Edinburgh Rugby) (VC) 8. Monroe Job (Southern Knights)

16. Marcus Brogan (Hawick RFC) 17. Ben White (Biggar RFC)18. Arran Cameron (Newcastle University) 19. Bart Godsell (Loughborough University) 20. Dylan Cockburn (Melrose RFC) 21. Josh Beveridge (Boroughmuir Bears) 22. Andrew McLean (Boroughmuir Bears) 23. Archie Callaghan (Leeds Beckett University) 24. Craig Nolan (Glasgow Hawks) 25. Corey McCormack (Loughborough University) 26. Ashton Asante (Kelso RFC) 27. Jack Hocking* (Edinburgh Ruby)

*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy Player


15. Matty Young 14. Harry Rees-Weldon 13. Aidan Boshoff 12. Macs Page 11. Walker Price 10. Sam Berry 9. Rhodri Lewis 1. Louis Trevett 2. Harry Thomas 3. Kian Hire 4. Oliver Close 5. Nick Thomas 6. Osian Thomas 7. Harri Baddal 8. Owen Conquer

16. Tomoya Adachi 17. Freddie Chapman 18. Sam Scott 19. Tal Taylor 20. William Plessis 21. Kobi Rees 22. Celt Francis Roberts 23. Orson James 24. Lucca Setaro 25. Frazer Jones 26. Harri Ford 27. Louis Williams 28. Scott Delnevo

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