SCOTLAND under-18s slumped to a disappointing 43-0 defeat to Ireland at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence on Tuesday evening.
Head coach Ally Donaldson had made twelve personnel changes to the side which pushed hosts Wales all the way on Friday before eventually losing 31-30, but the new look team struggled to contain the lively Irish, who ended up scoring seven unanswered tries (with number eight Caelon Doris crossing the whitewash three times, and winger Daniel Hurley grabbing a brace).
The young Scots will play their final U18 International Series fixture against England on Saturday afternoon – and will be hoping to improve on 39-15 defeat the experienced when the two sides met at Bridgehaugh earlier this month.
Scotland under-18: P Anderson (Melrose Wasps); B Eynon (Strathallan School), C Hutchison (George Heriot’s School/North Berwick), F Strachan (Bedford School/Northampton Saints), B Appleson (Edinburgh Academy); K Brunton (Hawick High School/Hawick Wanderers), H Warr (Dollar Academy); C Clark (Stirling County), R Smith (Ayr RFC/Douglas Ewart High School) , C Eastwood (George Watson’s College/Watsonians), D Rogers (Highland), J Bruce (Strathallan School), A Horne (Preston Lodge HS), F Haig (Fettes College), D Marek (Richard Huish College/Bath).
Replacements: P Cairncross (Kelvinside Academy/East Kilbride), R Dunbar (Stirling County RFC/Linlithgow Academy), E McLaren (Dollar Academy), A Erskine (Leister Tigers/Uppingham School), C Cruikshanks (Dollar Academy), R Campbell (Melrose Wasps), C Gowling (Sedburgh School/Newcastle Falcons), G Hughes (Dollar Academy), F Dingwall (Bedford School/Northampton Saints), S MacDowell (Merchiston Castle School), R McMichael (Wellington College/Harlequins).
The team play their final U18 International Series fixture against England on Saturday afternoon – and will be hoping to improve on 39-15 defeat the experienced when the two sides met at Bridgehaugh earlier this month.