Ireland U18s 10 Scotland U18s 0
It took two forward-oriented tries from full back Dan Lavery and number eight and captain Sean O’Brien for Ireland to shake off Scotland on an almost waterlogged surface in the Under-18 Four Nations Tournament at Dunvant in Wales.
Ireland finally made the breakthrough when Lavery followed the example of others in a series of mauls and rucks to make the last few yards to the line in the 46th minute. O’Brien finished a similar effort 10 minutes later.
Ireland will play their final match of the weeklong competition against England in what could be the decider at Pontypridd on Friday.
Ireland U18s: D Lavery, S O’Brien try each.
IRELAND U18: D Lavery (Irish Exiles); S Monaghan (Boyne RFC), S Morrow (Methodist College), I Whitten (Wallace HS), C Smith (Coleraine AI); M Skelton (Naas RFC), S Cranley (Pres Bray); D Mahony (St Michael’s College), S Douglas (RBAI), J Hagan (Belbriggan RFC), J McCullough (RBAI), J Graham (Royal School Armagh), T O’Donnell (Clanwilliam RFC), D Johnston (Methodist College), S O’Brien (Tullow RFC – capt).
Replacements: R Sweeney (St Marys College) for Hagan 45 mins; D Millard (Irish Exiles) for Mahony 47 mins; N Keogh (St Munchin’s college) for McCullough 55 mins; K Sheehan (St Michael’s College) for Johnston 56 mins; C Murphy (Belvedere College) for Smith 58 mins.
SCOTLAND U18s: C Goudie; J Coutts, C Adnerson, G Hogg (capt), A Robertson; C Marshall, M Bringhurst; S Linton, T Wright, R McCallum, W Litt, S Turnbull, D Levison, A Thompson, R Vernon.
Replacements: G Nagle for Linton 46 mins; F Wilford for Wright 51 mins; J Hunter for Bringhurst, R Curle for Marshall 56 mins; G McGilchrist for Litt 64 mins.
Referee: I Robinson, England.