Bradbury helps Scots to record high placing
OBAN rugby player Fergus Bradbury featured in the Scotland team that secured their highest finish to date in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship on Sunday.
Prop Fergus, who now plays his club rugby for Stirling County in the BT Premiership, came off the bench mid-way through the second half as Scotland beat Australia 24-17 in Georgia to cement fifth position in the tournament. Scotland’s fifth place finish bettered their previous high of eighth.
Scotland came from 10-3 down at half-time to take the lead at 17-10, before Australia levelled with 10 minutes left. However, a crucial scrum in the dying moments saw the Scots pinch a try, which was converted with the last kick of the game for a thrilling win.
Fergus also featured in the previous round’s narrow 29-25 victory over Wales, again starting as a replacement but coming on late in the game.
His brother Magnus, who was on tour with the senior Scotland squad, did not play in the historic victory over Australia in Sydney on Saturday. And Magnus will not feature in this weekend’s test match against Fiji in Suva, having returned home.
Oban’s Abi Evans will hope to be involved with the Scotland team that competes this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23) at the Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Trophy in Hungary.
The Scots women won the trophy in the previous round in the Czech Republic earlier this month so will have high hopes of doing well.