Borderers boost young Scots squad

Darcy Graham try for Hawick Wands
Darcy Graham try for Hawick Wands

England U18s39

Scotland U18s27

Scotland Under-18s, featuring several young Borders players, put in a spirited attacking performance, yet fell short of their English opposition at Kingston Park on Sunday.

The Scots scored first through full back Saul Melvin-Farr.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the visitors leaked three tries in quick succession to leave them 22-5 down after 20 minutes.

Yet, showing great confidence in their own ability and pride in the jersey, Scotland crossed the line twice before the break to pull themselves back to within touching distance.

Hawick Wanderers winger Darcy Graham was first to score through a well-executed interception, soon followed by club-mate, Fraser Renwick, to leave a 22-17 half-time score.

The second period, saw England score first through stand-off Theo Brophy-Clews, converted by Johnny McPhillips.

His opposite number, Blair Kinghorn, retaliated on behalf of his team, firstly through a penalty goal and then through a try and touchline conversion to take Scotland to within two points.

A lapse in concentration, however, saw England replacement Charlie Capps touch down. McPhillips addedthe conversion and a later penalty.

Other Borders players in the squad were: Blair Robertson (Kelso Harlequins), Grant Huggan (Hawick Wanderers) and Craig Pringle (Loretto School/Melrose).