2023 World Rugby U20 Trophy

Kenya

Full-Time

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78

Pass finds touch

Scotland giving everything here for a score, but it’s just not happening.

Afshar’s pass evades everyone and goes into touch just inside our half.

76

Cleared

Afshar hoofs us up the pitch, to just inside Uruguay’s half.

FT

Full time

A heart-breaking defeat in Nairobi. Congratulations go to Uruguay.

70

Penalty conceded

Scotland trying desperately to respond, but we are penalised for holding on at the breakdown.

Uruguay will kick at goal from over 60 metres here.

80

Time off

Around 35 seconds left, but time is off as play gets too close to an injured player around halfway.

77

Crucial Uruguay penalty

Findlay Thomson thunders up the pitch, making 60 metres, but another jackal penalty is conceded and that could be that.

73

Frantic play

Uruguay kick out on the full, and Scotland throw in from just outside the 22.

It goes array, and Uruguay kick 80 metres up the pitch and almost score but for a knock on.

Scotland will scrum down five metres out.

60

Yellow for Uruguay

Another UNBELIEVABLE maul from Scotland!

It’s easily made 20 metres there, and a Uruguayan forward has been sin binned for collapsing.

67

Uruguay score

A huge score for Uruguay.

Pick and goes from the rucks give them front foot ball, and then a break on the right gets them over.

59

Second chance

Uruguay exit, and then from the lineout Scotland cough up possession.

But luckily, Uruguay’s kick goes straight out and Scotland get a second go at it.

71

Missed

It easily had the legs there from 62 metres, but it goes right of the posts and wide.

64

Just in touch

Scotland fling it from side to side, and Finn Douglas gets it on the left, but he just has a toe in touch and Uruguay have the lineout on their 10 metre line.

66

Kicked dead

So so unlucky from Afshar.

He gathers a half-blocked box kick so well with his fingertips, but his hack ahead goes all the through the dead ball area and out.

Uruguay scrum just over 40 metres from our line.

54

It’s good

Uruguay lead by 11.

63

Scotland scrum

Uruguay gather their own restart, but Scotland are strong in their defence.

Good pressure forces a knock on, right on the halfway line.

56

Chance missed

What a break from Dan King. The dummy gets him through in the middle of the park, but his offload to Findlay Thomson goes to deck and a knock on is given.

61

ANOTHER DOUBLE!

This time it’s Erskine who gets his second!

The maul was this time stopped legally, but the forwards fought for each inch to get to the line, the big second row being the one to ground it.

49

COREY DOUBLE!

Tait with his second! Another one from the maul.

It’s such a good platform for Scotland in this game.

48

Good response

Scotland come forward straight away, and McLean’s grubber is gathered by King. Nothing coming, and we go back for a penalty advantage which is duly hoofed into the left corner…

53

Scrum penalty

Scotland concede a penalty at the scrum.

Uruguay will kick for goal once more…

42

Offside

Scotland get a good kick away inside their own half, but the chasers are offside and Uruguay kick to touch.

They’ll have the lineout just over 40 metres from Scotland’s line.

45

Third try for Uruguay

A knock on at the halfway line from Scotland, and Uruguay thunder up the pitch on the counter and score in the corner.

52

Uruguay scrum

Scotland making yards with every carry in this match, but Tait knocks on at the bottom of a ruck and Uruguay will have the scrum on halfway.

Worth saying that while Scotland look dangerous with every possession, so do their opponents.

40

Yellow for Uruguay

An unneccessary push on Corey Tait, and Uruguay’s hooker is sent to the bin. Scotland kick the penalty into Uruguay’s 22 but lose it at the lineout.

HT

Half time

That’s the interval.

There’s real promise when Scotland come forward, but more possession in the right areas is needed for Scotland to turn this around in the second half.

41

Second half underway!

Dan King restarts this game.

COME ON SCOTLAND!

36

Incredible drop goal

Uruguay come forward and hack through, but Dan King grounds it.

Scotland exit via the goalline dropout, but Uruguay respond with an excellent 50 metre drop goal.

39

SCOTLAND HIT BACK!

Another Corey Tait maul try!

Dan King is hit late and Scotland win the penalty, which is kicked to the right corner.

The maul is once again excellent in it’s structure and Tait goes over at the back.

28

Second Uruguay try

A successful driving maul from the lineout gives our opponents a second score.

32

Held up

So unfortunate for Corey Tait.

Good play from Scotland gets the up to the line, but Corey Tait is wrapped up as he wrestles his way over.

Uruguay will exit from their own line.

25

Erskine gets the try!!!

The lineout goes to the tail successfully, and Eddie Erskine is too strong for the defence a phase later and fights over.

Afshar’s kick is good.

27

Yellow card

Interesting few minutes for Eddie Erskine…

He’s just been sin-binned for taking the man in the air at a lineout.

Uruguay kick the penalty out around six metres out on the right.

23

Scottish penalty

An incredible maul that from Scotland on the left, and it leads to a penalty.

Dan King belts it into touch inside Uruguay’s 22.

13

Big turnover

A big linebreak in midfield from Ben Salmon gets Scotland up the pitch, and Craig Davidson gets brought down inches short.

But a Uruguay defender gets on the ball at the ruck, and the holding on penalty is given.

19

Third time lucky

Uruguay lead by 10.

15

Knock on

Scotland attack up the left, and Uruguay almost intercept but there’s a slight knock on.

Lucky for Scotland that, as their opponents looked to be in for a second score until the referee blew his whistle.

20

Missed, but we go again…

Scotland survive again, but within a minute another jackal penalty is won by Uruguay.

This kick at goal comes from inside Scotland’s half, right of the sticks…

9

Kick tennis

Some almighty hoofs in the Nairobi son just now. Dan King brings an end to it by sticking it into touch around halfway.

5

Uruguay hit first

A slow start from Scotland, but you have to say this is an excellent try from Uruguay.

A break down the right wing, and two inside offloads get them over the line from a phase that started on halfway.

10

Good pressure

A first real attacking platform comes for Scotland as a knock in midfield from Uruguay gives us the scrum put-in.

14:00

Anthems done

Kick off in one minute!

2

Wide!

An early let off for the Scots as the kick is low and wide.

1

Uruguay get us underway!

COME ON SCOTLAND!!!

18

Attempt at goal

Another penalty for Uruguay and another shot at goal here, this time from in front of the sticks but around 53 metres out…

2

Penalty Uruguay

Ben Afshar hoofs the ball into touch as Scotland deal with the kick off, but from the resulting lineout the Scottish pack give away the penalty for an early attempt to sack the maul. The lifted man was still in the air when contact was made.

Uruguay will kick at goal from the right side, just inside the 40m line…

3

Uruguay almost away

Another slight let off as Dan King’s kick is charged down and Uruguay hack the ball into touch on the left.

Scotland exit from the lineout inside their own 22, and went it is booted back Ben Afshar calls the mark.

13:49

Welcome!

It’s almost time for Scotland’s final pool stage match of the 2023 U20 World Rugby Trophy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Stay with us to see if Scotland can reach the playoff finals for the chance to play in the World Rugby Championship in 2024!

13:56

Here come the teams!

As the sides come out onto the pitch, here’s a reminder of your Scotland U20 side to face Uruguay today.

Kick-off 9:00 am