Scots teenagers mount stir­ring fight­back but Welsh cling on for Five Na­tions vic­tory

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SCOT­LAND came des­per­ately close to achiev­ing a first-ever win over Wales at un­der-18 level, but ul­ti­mately lost 31-30 in the open­ing round of the Five Na­tions Festival at St He­lens in Swansea yes­ter­day.

“This was a step up from our per­for­mance against Eng­land ear­lier this month.” said Ally Don­ald­son, the Scot­land un­der-18 head coach. “The boys gained a lot of be­lief from the game against Eng­land. They now know that they have to per­form at their best to achieve a re­sult.”

Af­ter trail­ing 28-13, the Scots came within a point of tak­ing the match. In all, Scot­land scored three tries, one each from Cammy Hutchi­son, the He­riot’s cen­tre, Rory McMichael, the Welling­ton Col­lege wing, and Fraser Stra­chan, the Bed­ford School back row. All three tries were con­verted by Ben Appleson, the Ed­in­burgh Academy left wing, who also con­trib­uted with three penalty goals.

The Scot­tish per­for­mance was all the more cred­itable given that they were with­out two key play­ers, Matt Fager­son and Mark New, through in­jury.

The Scots’ next game is against Ire­land at New­port on Tues­day.

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