Scotland Under-20s coach Sean Lineen continues his Southern Reporter column with an overview of last week’s match against England and a look ahead to the final 2015 Six Nations game against Ireland at Netherdale.
As we approach our last game of the Six Nations Championship, I would like to start by thanking everyone who has come along to support us, this far, at Netherdale.
The crowd has been fantastic, and really spurred our players on to a tremendous two wins from two games at home. It’s not over yet, though, and we urge you to come along and be part of another big and loud following for this week’s match against Ireland, as we target our third successive victory in Galashiels.
Last week we went down 26-11 to a strong England team in Darlington, yet there were a lot of positives to take from our display.
We gave everything for the full 80 minutes, and the players emptied themselves for the shirt.
A couple of errors at the set-piece and too much respect for the opposition left us trailing at half-time, yet the boys showed real pride, belief and hunger to fight their way back in the second-half.
We stopped England from scoring in that period, and showed great promise in attack epitomised by the quality of Ben Robbins’ try.
It’s all to play for this week as we welcome Ireland, who have also recorded two wins and sit above us on points difference alone.
Both teams will be looking to finish on a high, and we will give absolutely everything to maintain our unbeaten record on home turf. There’s another big derby happening at half-time as Gala and Melrose minis clash in the final of the junior Bill McLaren trophy.
We know how intense Border derbies can be and I can’t see this one being any different. Good luck to all involved, and as always, we look forward to seeing you there!
Scotland U20 v Ireland U20, Netherdale, Friday, February 20 (7.30pm) – Adult tickets £10, seniors (60+) £5, concessions and Scotland season-pass holders go free.