Young Scots show the way

Scotland Under-18 21

Irish Schools 13

Scotland followed up their win at under-20 level with an impressive victory against Irish Schools at Mayfield to suggest that the progress being made in age-grade rugby is now reaping results.

And again Borderers shared in the Scottish triumph, Hawick Wanderers’ Darcy Graham, Fraser Renwick and Grant Huggan all in the starting 15 for the Mayfield match, along with Melrose’s Craig Pringle.

In the event, all four contributed handsomely, Graham in particular impressing with his courage in defence and ability to outwit opponents.

In the second half, Blair Robertson was given a chance to show his scrummaging skills.

The young Scots had already shown their capabilities with a strong performance against England at Newcastle two weeks ago and on this occasion they again impressed, more so in the second half, when a number of substitutions made a positive difference.

Scotland trailed 3-10 at the break after conceding a penalty try converted by stand-off Bill Johnston, who also kicked a penalty goal, the Scots’ points 
coming from the eventual man-of-the-match, Blair Kinghorn.

A drop goal and a penalty goal by Kinghorn, to a penalty by Johnston, narrowed the gap and then when Matt Fagerson crashed over from a set-piece move, Kinghorn added the extras for a 16-13 lead.

The Scots then scored a fine try by winger Robbie Nairn after full back Saul Melvin-Farr had drawn the defence with an incisive run to seal the game.