Scotland achieved a record score against Italy with a seven-try demolition of the young Azzurri in the Six Nations Under-20 international match at Netherdale, writes Alan Lorimer.
“It’s all about momentum” said Scotland Under-20 coach, Sean Lineen, whose young squad were looking to build confidence ahead of the next round against England.
“There’s a lot to work on. We didn’t play all that well with ball in hand.”
Where Scotland dominated was in the set scrum where Glasgow Warriors’ prop Zander Fagerson was immense and deservedly won the man-of-the-match award. Alongside the big prop, Hawick’s Ross Graham, at hooker, again impressed with a dynamic performance, while the Melrose pair Lewis Carmichael and Neil Irvine-Hess played their part in a top-class display.
Behind the scrum, Gala full back Ruairi Howarth posted a confident performance, while Melrose midfielder Tom Galbraith showed up well when he came off the bench for a stint at stand-off, guiding the Scots to three late tries and kicking two conversion goals.
The Scots had the game won by half-time as they led 19-0 with tries from skipper Jamie Ritchie (2) and scrum half George Horne, who kicked two conversions.
Then, after the break, Scotland kicked on, scoring tries by Howarth, a third by Ritchie, and a final blitz from wingers Ben Robbins and Alex Coombes, Horne adding a further conversion and Galbraith two.