Stafford leads Scotland to crucial victory
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.