Scotland Under-20s sign off Six Nations in style with big win over Wales

Sean Lineen's men shrug off confusion caused by Covid-19 pandemic to rack up a 52 point haul, with stand-off Nathan Chamberlain weighing in with 32 points

Nathan Chamberlain scores the first of his three tries as Scotland Under-20s finished their Six Nations in style against Wales. Image: © Craig Watson -
Nathan Chamberlain scores the first of his three tries as Scotland Under-20s finished their Six Nations in style against Wales. Image: © Craig Watson -

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DAVID BARNES @ Stadiwm Zip World

STAND-OFF Nathan Chamberlain scored three tries and kicked eight from eight for a personal haul of 32 points as Scotland Under-20s broke the half century in a Six Nations match for the first time ever, on a night when the game was able to recapture centre stage after a day of high confusion caused by the impact Covid-19.

The woefully late decision on Friday afternoon to call off the senior match in Cardiff had temporarily thrown this game into doubt, before it emerged that it would go ahead as scheduled but behind closed doors, with only a few hundred family and friends allowed access to the Stadiwm Zip World in North Wales. This is likely to be the last rugby any of us see for a while, and – from a Scottish perspective, at least – it was a fairly nourishing pre-hibernation feast.

It is the first time since 2016 that the young Scots have managed two wins in a single Six Nations campaign. They also defeated Italy away three weeks ago, and head coach Sean Lineen was clearly delighted at how his side have bounced back from a hugely disappointing 2018-19 season when they lost nine out of 10 competitive matches played. Last night’s 23 man squad contained 13 players who had some involvement the previous year.

“A lot of these players have been together a while,” said Lineen. “We’ve been competitive in every game – we could have won the England game – and just to be consistent is something that Scottish teams strive to be, and we’ve certainly got that with this group.

“We’ve worked hard on our skills and on not being scared to play. At the same time, having a good set-piece is vital. We don’t often get a good scrum and a good lineout in the same year, and to actually have a foundation makes a massive difference.”

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The Scots fired out of the blocks to take the lead within four minutes when Rufus McLean tidied up an overthrown line-out and sniffed out a gap that he had more than enough gas to exploit. Chamberlain slotted the tricky conversion, then added a penalty earned by a dominant visiting scrum, and then weighed in again with a well taken try following some slick interplay by scrum-half Roan Frostwick and second-row Cameron Henderson.

Wales stand-off Sam Costelow had two long-range penalty attempts during the opening 40 minutes to get his team off the mark, but both fell short. The hosts did, however, strike first in the second half when a powerful line-out drive from 22 metres out surged over the whitewash for the appropriately named Morgan Strong to get the downward pressure.

That was the prompt for a flurry of tries. The Scots bounced straight back when flanker Connor Boyle started and finished a slick handling move from the tail of a line-out which also involved Jack Hill and Henderson, Welsh centre Bradley Roderick streaked home for his team’s second try, Chamberlain gathered his own chip ahead and stepped past the last defender to score again for Scotland, and then Welsh hooker Dom Booth showed a remarkable turn of pace when outstripping replacement Scots wing Jack Blain – who was just on the park and perhaps still finding his bearings after over a month out with an ankle injury – to chase down a kick-ahead as it bounced over the Scottish try line.

In the last quarter, Scotland grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with Chamberlain claiming his hat-trick, before full-back Ollie Smith and centre Robbie McCallum, on an interception, eased the scoreboard past the half century mark.


Teams –

Scotland: O Smith; R McLean, M Currie (C Scott 75), R McCallum, J Henry (J Blain 60); N Chamberlain, R Frostwick (K McGhie 70); T Lambert, E Ashman, M Wilson (G Breese 70), K Watt (J Campbell 50), C Henderson, J Hill (G Brown 58), C Boyle, R Darge.

Wales: I Lloyd; F Jones (L Scully 48), B Roderick (J Hawkins 65), A Owen, M Grady; S Costelow, E Evan (D Buckland 60); T Bavacqua, D Booth (W Griffiths 65), B Warren (H O’Connor 51), J Fender, B Carter, I Davies, J Morgan, M Strong.

Referee: Chris Busby


Scorers –

Scotland: Tries: McLean, Chamberlain 3, Boyle, Smith, McCallum; Cons: Chamberlain 7; Pen: Chamberlain.

Wales: Tries: Strong, Roderick, Booth; Con: Lloyd.

Scoring sequence (Wales first): 0-5; 0-7; 0-10; 0-15; 0-17 (h-t) 5-17; 5-22; 5-24; 10-24; 10-29; 10-31; 15-31; 17-31; 17-36; 17-38; 17-43; 17-45; 17-50; 17-52.

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About David Barnes 3960 Articles
David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.


  1. Is there a way to see the under20 game on bbc iplayer, i have tried but without success so far. Sc4 would be the channel it was on live

    • The BBC iPlayer can be a bit patchy in terms of bringing up content easily. If you go on search and type ‘alban’ it should come up. The one to pick is ‘Dan 20’ which is under 20.

    • You can also find it using the schedule tab on iPlayer – select Friday 13th March, S4C, and then scroll down til you find it

  2. Well done Sean Lineen and his coaching staff and well done to the players.This must send a strong message to Townsend and the SRU why they cannot achieve these victory’s with the national side.
    Keep the good work up.

    • Shade Munro has done particularly well with a relatively small pack. Would certainly like to see him take over from Danny Wilson.

  3. Some of the play and scores were outstanding. The lad Chamberlain has a chance, he looked pretty composed. Might be worth Cockerill having a look at him.

  4. Congratulations to team last night. But article is not quite accurate information. Team did not lose all 10 competitive games last year. They beat Wales last year too.

  5. As a renowned rugby dilettante I watched this game on Welsh TV [in lieu of the cancelled match] and despite my poor command of Welsh I observed the Scots performed extremely well. A lot of plays reminded me of some of the National team plays last week against France, is there some amazing “joined up” coaching/thinking going on. [No bad thing]. There appears to be a growing ” strength in depth” lets hope its not a false dawn. Is this down to the SRU’s policies/plan/etc or merely a fantasy? Excellent site David… keep it up.


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