Scotland U20 vs France U20, Fri, 09/02/2018 - 19:45

Scotland U20
19 - 69
Full time
France U20
Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 19:45 | Broadwood Stadium

Scotland U20 remain winless in this year’s Six Nations after the age-grade side fell well short against a slick French outfit in this evening’s clash at Broadwood.

France posed an attacking threat from the get-go, and whilst Scotland showed a never-say-die attitude throughout, the visitor’s finesse and relentless go-forward was ultimately the difference between the two sides.

Whilst Scotland battled in an even-sided opening 15 minutes, the French eventually pulled into a commanding position with stand-off, and eventual man-of-the-match, Romain Ntamack pulling the strings. The visitors lead 34-0 at the break.

Scotland rallied following half-time and showed plenty of guts despite the significant deficit. Guy Graham – who had initially been substituted after taking a first-half knock – returned to action to score a well-deserved quick-fire brace which blew some much-needed wind into Scotland’s sails. However, as France struck back with two tries of their own, the game was all but dead and buried.

Following the defeat Scotland Head Coach, Stevie Scott said: “We were really disappointed with that first half when defensively we looked really frail. Every time they got the ball we looked under pressure,” he explained. “We were defending and defending – and that takes its toll on you.”

“The [French team] are all pro players, but I am more disappointed with our team than worried about the opposition. We need to cut our error-count down and we need to tighten our defence up – those are the two areas that let us down tonight.”

“Some of the stuff was positive, we had a good line-out maul, and our exits were good. We had a good training week but we just started so poorly.”

It was the visitors who took the lead following an early spell of domination up-front. Maxine Lemardelet was the man at the bottom of the pile as France finished off a well worked lineout drive.

With their tails up, the French soon doubled their advantage. Ntamack showed tricky footwork to squeeze through a gap before lobbing a well-judged pass to winger Pierrer Boudehant, who finished well in the corner.

Although Scotland looked to grab the match by the scruff of its neck – with Stafford McDowall and captain Robbie smith leading by example – the visitor’s back-line was simply too potent. Maxime Lamothe and Baptiste Heguy added try number three and four to give France an imperious 34-0 lead at the break.

It wasn’t to get much easier for Scotland as France scored three quick-fire tries to start the second-half, however Stevie Scott’s outfit battled back into the match and it was back-row Guy Graham who lead the charge.

As Scotland piled towards the French try-line – and with the home support urging them on every inch of the way – Graham eventually peeled off the back of a rolling maul to get the host on the score board.

Scotland would soon add another, and yet it again it was Graham who was the spark behind the revival. As stand-off Ross Thompson fed the ball wide, the back-row broke through an attempted French tackle before powering over from five metres out.

France would score yet another brace of tries to add some polish to an already substantial score line - whilst Scotland would add a reply of their own via a penalty try – however the match was all but over.

Team lineups

Scotland U20
France U20

Backs

15 Matthis Lebel
14 Lucas Tauzin
13 Pierre-Louis
12 Adrien Seguret
11 Pierre Boudehent
10 Romain Ntamack
9 Arthur Coville

Forwards

1 Hassane Kolingar
2 Maxime Lamothe
3 Demba Bamba
4 Thomas Lavault
5 Killian Geraci
6 Baptiste Heguy
7 Sacha Zeguer
8 Maxence Lemardelet

Substitutes

16
17
18 Murphy Walker
19
20 Rory Darge
21
22
23

Substitutes

16 Lucas Peyresblanques
17 Ugo Boniface
18 Giorgi Beria
19 Pierre-Henri
20 Ibrahim Diallo
21 Jules Gimbert
22 Louis Carbonel
23 Arthur Vincent

U20 6 Nations Championship 2018 table

PosTeamPWLDPts
1Wales U2011002
2Scotland U20 10100
3Ireland U2000000
4France U2000000
5England U2000000
6Italy U2000000

U20 6 Nations Championship 2018 latest results

Italy U20 45 v 31 Scotland U20
Scotland U20 24 v 17 England U20
Scotland U20 19 v 69 France U20
Wales U20 36 v 3 Scotland U20