Hawick wing Darcy Graham is confident that his Scotland team can still challenge for pole position in the Under-20s Six Nations despite being edged in Colwyn Bay on Saturday.
John Dalziel’s men suffered an agonising defeat at the hands of their Welsh counterparts, as replacement Billy McBryde kicked a match-winning penalty in the last minute of the game.
But 18-year-old Graham believes his team are good enough to cause an unprecedented upset.
“We went out there believing we could win and we almost did,” he said.
“We now have to keep that determination up and keep believing in ourselves.”
Following on from their historic victory over England in the first round, Scotland under-20 were on the cusp of another momentous triumph, in being the first under-20 team to claim victory in Wales, however it was not to be.
The young Scots took the lead with a Rory Hutchinson penalty in the 22nd minute, and held it until McBryde’s penalty goal with less than a minute left on the clock.
Scotland went into the half-time interval with a 15-5 lead thanks to tries from Matt Smith and Murray McCallum, and five points from the boot of Hutchinson. Wales came back after the restart and the scores were level until McBryde struck his one-and-only penalty of the game to see the home side claim the spoils.