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Scotland U20 18-17 Wales U20

Scotland U20 (6) 18
Pens: Horne 6

Wales U20 (10) 17
Tries: Phillips 2 Con: Tovey 2 Pens: Tovey

By Andy Campbell

Stuart McInally and Rhys Downes
Scotland's Stuart McInally is tackled by Rhys Downes

Scotland's Under-20 side opened their Six Nations campaign with victory over visitors Wales at McDiarmid Park

Two penalties by Peter Horne put the hosts ahead but Kristian Phillips' try helped Wales into a 10-6 lead at the half-time interval.

But the Scots hit back in the second half with two more Horne penalties putting them back in front.

Horne added two more penalties before Phillips scored his second try of the night late on.

Tovey missed an early penalty and Horne kicked Scotland into a 3-0 lead after the full-back's forceful run had forced the Welsh to concede.

The Scots were putting together some neat passing moves and Wales gave away another penalty a few yards inside their own half for killing the ball.

Horne found touch from distance to double Scotland's lead.

Scottish captain Fraser Brown was sin-binned as the Welsh continued to press and Tovey reduced the deficit with a straight-forward kick.

Buoyed by their one-man advantage, Wales worked the ball out to the right and Phillips evaded two challenges before crossing the line. Tovey converted.

Horne reduced Wales' lead early in the second half with an angled kick which went in off the post.

Wales went on the offensive again but could not take advantage of a promising attack as Tovey was penalised for a knock-on.

Scotland flanker Chris Fusaro then broke clear of the Welsh defence only to be stopped 10 yards from the try-line by Tovey's tackle.

After another Tovey miss, Horne was given the chance to put Scotland ahead from distance but his effort was short.

Scotland then came close to scoring their first try of the night as Dai Langdon's kick deep inside his own half was charged down by Henry Pyrgos but the visitors recovered to avert the danger.

Another Welsh infringement afforded Horne another penalty attempt and the full-back atoned for his earlier miss to put the Scots 12-10 in front.

Brown was injured as Wales conceded a penalty near the halfway line and was replaced by Robbie McGowan.

The Scots were frustrated by more Welsh tackling near the try-line as Robbie Johnston was stopped in his tracks.

But the home side were soon awarded a penalty right in front of the posts which allowed Horne to extend Scotland's advantage.

And Horne added a further kick to give his side an eight-point lead.

Wales responded with Phillips breaking away on the right wing to cross the line for a second time and Tovey converted just before the final whistle.

Scotland: Horne, Loudon, McCulloch, Johnston, Anderson, White, Pyrgos; Cameron, Brown, Morton, Campbell, Gray, Dewar, Fusaro, McInally.
Replacements: Gillies, Orr, Taylor, Drennan, Jericevich, McGowan, McKenzie.

Wales: Tovey, Phillips, Reynolds, Beck, Hughes, Langdon, Downes; Watchurst, Williams, Andrews, Pailor, Sweet, King, Navidi, Thomas.
Replacements: Gardener, Attwell, Partridge, Thomas, Leadbeater, Jarvis, Loxton.

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