The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Eighth place for Lineen’s side


Scotland ended their World Rugby under-20 campaign by losing to Ireland for a second time in the seventh place playoff match at Viadana on Saturday.

The young Scots’ one win was against Argentina in the third of the pool matches which, together with a bonus point in the first game against Ireland, earned Scotland a place in the top eight for the first time.

“I’m proud of the guys for beating Argentina and getting us into the top eight. But we wanted to finish on a good note,” said Scotland head coach Sean Lineen.

“It was a poor game and we missed chances. But that’s been the story of this tournament.

“In the Argentina game when the passes stuck we created opportunit­ies.

“I feel very sorry for the players. They’re better than that,” suggested Lineen.

New Zealand recaptured the title after a four-year gap with a 21-16 win over defending champions England.

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