Same again for young Scots at Junior World Cup

Under-20 Six Nations Championship Round 3, Broadwood Stadium, Scotland 24/2/2017 Scotland vs Wales Scotlands George Thornton stops Max Williams Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Watson

SCOTLAND UNDER-20 head coach John Dalziel has been able to stick with the same starting fifteen which battled to victory over Italy last Thursday, ahead of taking on Wales in tomorrow  [Tuesday] afternoon’s Junior World Cup fifth to eighth place play-off semi-final clash at the Avchala Stadium in Tbilisi, Georgia.

A victory against Wales will guarantee Scotland their highest ever competition finish of at least sixth, and they are well poised to achieve that goal, having already posted promising performances in the three matches played so far. They scored three tries and gave New Zealand a real run for their money before going down 42-20 in their tournament opener, then secured a 32-28 victory over Ireland and that 17-16 success over Italy in their next two pool games.

Wales romped to an emphatic 34-65 victory at Broadwood Stadium when the two sides met in the Under-20 Six Nations back in February, but the Scots are confident that they are in a strong position to cause an upset this time round.

“There is an opportunity to make history in tomorrow’s game, but, first and foremost, the focus will be on our own performance and performing to the levels we have set,” said Dalziel.

“We played some outstanding rugby at times against Italy, but we also made things hard for ourselves at certain times. However, the players dug deep in very challenging conditions, and we will need to have that same belief and dogged determination against Wales.”

“Wales have shown they’re a good side in this tournament, but we’ve also shown that we’ve got the ability to rise to the big occasion and we’ll need to do just that if we’re to get the result we all desire tomorrow.”

There are two changes on the bench, with centre Lewis Berg and prop Daniel Winning coming in for Patrick Anderson and Ross Dunbar, respectively.

Scotland Under-20 team to play Wales Under-20 @ Avchala Stadium in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship on Tuesday 13th June (kick-off 6pm local/3pm BST) –

15. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby)

14. Robbie Nairn (Ayr)
13. Ross McCann (Melrose)
12. Stafford McDowall (Ayr)
11. Darcy Graham (Hawick/Edinburgh Rugby)

10. Connor Eastgate (Wasps)
9. Andrew Simmers (Heriot’s)

1. George Thornton (Bishop Burton College)
2. Fraser Renwick (Hawick)
3. Adam Nicol  (Stirling County)
4. Alex Craig (Gloucester)
5. Callum Hunter-Hill (Stirling County/Edinburgh) CAPTAIN
6. Luke Crosbie (Currie)
7. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Hawks)
8. Tom Dodd (Worcester)

Replacements –

16. Robbie Smith (Ayr)
17. Fergus Bradbury (Stirling County)
18.  Daniel Winning (Boroughmuir)
19. Hamish Bain (Currie)
20. Archie Erskine (Newcastle Falcons)
21. Charlie Shiel (Currie)
22. Josh Henderson (Glasgow Hawks)
23. Lewis Berg (Gala)

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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.