Wales U20 28-15 Scotland U20
Following their opening weekend defeat to Ireland, Wales registered their first win of the tournament against Scotland in Colwyn Bay. Though Scotland started the match stronger, their pressure did not reap any rewards as captain Harry Jackson missed two penalties early on.
Wales then gained momentum as openside flanker Dan Thomas shone in the loose, as he continued to secure or turn over the ball for the rest of his side to take advantage of – a key factor in the first try of the match which was scored by Ross Jones.
Ospreys fly-half, Sam Davies, who is also the son of Scarlets coach Nigel, scored 13 points as Wales did not concede the lead once in the game. Winger Luke Morgan also got his points tally into double figures as he scored a try in each half.
Wales didn’t have it all their way though as Scotland staged a fight back in the last 15 minutes of the match as Jamie Farndale added two tries. Sadly it proved too little, too late.
Wales march on to the Stoop in the next round as they face England, while Scotland host France.
France U20 12-13 Ireland U20
Ireland managed their first ever win in France at U20 level on Friday night with a close but impressive display in Grenoble. Previously their best result in France had been a draw.
Mike Ruddock’s side started slowly as they went in at half time 6-3 down, their only points coming from the boot of captain Paddy Jackson.
In the second half the match came to life early on as substitute Foster Horan scored an excellent individual try under the posts:
Two more penalties from the Bayonne fly-half, Clément Otazo, gave France a slim lead once more but Ireland sealed the win with the boot of JJ Hanrahan. France had one more chance at winning the match in the final minute of the game but the video referee ruled out Karl Chateau’s effort across the line.
Ireland will hope to make it three wins from three when they host Italy in the next round while France play their rearranged fixture against Italy this weekend.
Italy U20 v England U20
Once again for Italy, their scheduled match was postponed due to a frozen pitch. They were due to play England on Friday night in Rovigo but referee Cedric Marchat ruled the pitch as unsafe for playing on.
Italy will hope to get their Six Nations campaign under way against France this weekend, while England’s next match is on Friday 24th February against Wales at The Stoop.