Bradbury helps Scots to record high plac­ing

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

Cru­cial scrum

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.

Fer­gus Bradbury.

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