World Rugby U20 Championships: Wales edge out Scotland in final warm up game

Wales and Scotland met on Tuesday afternoon for their final warm up game ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championships.

 

The Championships are hosted in Georgia this year, starting on the 31st May and running through June, and Wales will be the side skipping into the tournament after a close 29-22 victory in Bridgend.

 

The home side took a 15-0 lead after two tries from Owen Lane, the Cardiff Blues wing who has starred on the World Sevens Series this year, with Newport Gwent Dragons fly half Arwel Robson adding a penalty and a conversion.

 

As half time approached though, Scotland narrowed the scores to 15-8 after hooker Robbie Smith crashed though, followed by a penalty from Edinburgh full back Blair Kinghorn, who was playing at fly half for the young Scots as they looked to make full use of his Edinburgh and Scotland Sevens experience.

 

Kinghorn showed all of that talent and promise further shortly after the half time break after he scored and converted hi own try to level the scores at 15 all.

 

With around twenty minutes to go though, Wales regained the lead, with substitute scrum half Reuben Morgan-Williams crossing the whitewash and fellow replacement Ben Jones converting for 22-15.

 

Within ten minutes Wales had further extended their lead with Ben Jones turning provider as he released namesake Phil to score out wide, before converting for a 29-15 lead.

 

Scotland refused to bow out without a fight though, with Ben Appleson scoring a wonderful individual try as he gathered his own kick down the left hand side to close the gap. Josh Henderson, who was at fly half for Scotland in the U20 6 Nations, landed the touchline conversion, leaving the final score at 29-22 in Wales’ favour.

 

Full Time: Wales U20 29-22 Scotland U20

 

Wales U20 XV:

15 Will Talbot-Davies (Newport Gwent Dragons)

14 Owen Lane (Cardiff Blues)

13 Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets)

12 Cameron Lewis (Cardiff Blues)

11 Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets)

10 Arwel Robson (Newport Gwent Dragons)

9 Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues)

1 Tom Mably (Cardiff Blues)

2 Ellis Shipp (Newport Gwent Dragons)

3 Steff Thomas (Scarlets)

4 Will Griffiths (Ospreys)

5 Callum Bradbury (Cardiff Blues)

6 Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues)

7 Will Jones (c) (Ospreys)

8 Aled Ward (Cardiff Blues)

 

Replacements: 16 Owen Hughes (Newport Gwent Dragons), 17 Joel Harries (Newport Gwent Dragons), 18 Scott Jenkins (Scarlets), 19 Harri Dobbs (Cardiff Blues), 20 Max Williams (Newport Gwent Dragons), 21 Jack Pope (Bridgend), 22 Nathan Hudd (Newport Gwent Dragons), 23 Reuben Morgan-Williams (Ospreys), 24 Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues), 25 Connor Edwards (Newport Gwent Dragons), 26 Phil Jones (Ospreys), 27 Pat Lewis (Newport Gwent Dragons), 28 Joe Goodchild (Newport Gwent Dragons).

 

Scotland U20 XV: N/A

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