Scotland Under-20s 17
Ireland Under-20s 10
Scotland achieved their highest finishing place in the RBS 6 Nations under-20 championship after securing their third victory of the campaign with a deserved win over Ireland at Netherdale, writes Alan Lorimer.
The Scots faced an Ireland team that had beaten France and Italy, but which had lost to England and Wales in their last two outings.
In the event, Scotland showed that the forward power which destroyed Italy at Netherdale was not a one-off as Ireland succumbed to the strength of the Scots pack.
“It was a great way to sign off the championship,” said Scotland assistant coach John Dalziel.
“The guys have put a lot of effort into their campaign and they really deserve this win. I thought they looked up for it right from the whistle.”
Outstanding for Scotland were skipper Magnus Bradbury, who carried ball effectively, and prop Zander Fagerson, the cornerstone of the pack. But the biggest accolade went to Melrose lock Lewis Carmichael who was voted man-of-the match after an immense performance and not least his two tries.
The other Borderers involved were Gala full back Ruairi Howarth, Melrose flanker Neil Irvine-Hess and replacements Ross Graham and Ruairi Knott, all playing their part in a winning Scotland performance.
The hosts led 12-10 at the break, with tries from Bradbury and Carmichael, both from driven line-outs, and a conversion by scrum half George Horne to a try for Ireland by winger Stephen Fitzgerald and the conversion and a penalty goal by stand-off Ross Byrne.
Then, in the second half, Scotland had to defend in the third quarter before reasserting themselves for Carmichael to score his second touchdown, again from the line-out, sealing a fine win.