Stafford leads Scot­land to cru­cial vic­tory

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

Stafford McDowall cap­tained Scot­land’s un­der-20s to a cru­cial vic­tory over Ire­land on Tues­day night.

The Scots ran in six tries in a 45-29 win to win the rel­e­ga­tion play-off and make sure they can take part in next year’s World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships.

They’ll now face Ge­or­gia on Sun­day as they bid to fin­ish ninth in this year’s cham­pi­onship.

Dun­dren­nan cen­tre McDowall (pic­tured) , who had to make do with a place on the bench for Thurs­day night’s de­feat to Eng­land, said: “This was a pres­sure game. And now we’ve got the win, the pres­sure is a bit off.

“We can re­ally push on in this last game to get as high a fin­ish as pos­si­ble. We talked about it dur­ing the week that we could get at them out wide be­cause we’ve got a re­ally dan­ger­ous back-three.

“Kyle Rowe’s try in the sec­ond-half, fol­low­ing the burst in their twenty-two re­ally fin­ished them off. We knew we had mo­men­tum and then it was just about fol­low­ing our struc­ture and play­ing in the right ar­eas – which I think we did.”

Al­though Ire­land had an 11 point ad­van­tage at one stage, Scot­land led 2417 at the in­ter­val and went on to dom­i­nate the sec­ond half.

McDowall cap­tained Scot­land in their first two games – de­feats to Italy and Ar­gentina – be­fore Robbie Smith from Dum­fries took over the arm­band for the 35-10 loss to Eng­land.

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