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Joe Hawkins of Wales scores a try.

FULL-TIME: Wales U20 32-24 Scotland U20

FULL TIME: WALES 32 – 24 SCOTLAND

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Eight tries and seven changes of lead in a stupendous match to finish the U20 Six Nations Championship. Wales overtake Italy to finish fourth with two wins, while the Scots go home with the Wooden Spoon.

77 Min: Wales 32 – 24 Scotland

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Costelow comes up with the goods from almost 50 metres in his 18th and final appearance for WalesU20, What a way to finish!

75 Min: 14 Man Wales still battling on

Brilliant defence has kept the Scots out at one end and Costelow just pushed a 25 metre drop goal attempt inches wide. It is still in the balance.

57 Min: Wales 29 – 24 Scotland

Scottish backs caught offside on their 10 metre line and up steps Costelow to extended the gap to five points with a nerveless kick.

52 Min: Wales 26 – 24 Scotland

The Welsh forwards hit back in style and eventually Morgan Richards crossed. As he was going over he took a slap to the face and the referee turned it into a Penalty Try and issue a yellow card to Ollie Melville.

50 Min: Wales 19 – 24 Scotland

Scotland made almost instant use of their man advantage when N08 Ben Muncaster powered over from close range. Scott again converted to push his side back into the lead 24-19 lead.

49 Min: Red Card Wales

Replacement flanker Harri Deaves receive a red card after a TMO and referee review for an incident at a ruck on the Scottish 10 metre line.

41 Min: Injury Switch for Wales

Jacob Beetham has come on to replace Carrick McDonough, who has gone off on a stretcher after taking a nasty fall as he came to challenge for a ball in the air.

HALF-TIME: WALES 19 – 17 SCOTLAND

25 Min: Wales 19 – 17 Scotland
It is turning into a points-fest! This time it is Wales prop Cameron Jones who barges over the line after some patient build-up play. Costelow fails to convert and so Wales lead by two.

Cameron Jones try

19 Min: Wales 14 – 17 Scotland
This crazy run of points scoring continues through Michael Gray who takes advantage of some weak Welsh tackling to give Scotland a 17-14 lead. That makes it four tries in 20 minutes.

14 Min: Wales 14 – 10 Scotland
Scrum-half Ethan Lloyd delivers a crash ball to his centre Joe Hawkins who barges over to score another try for Wales. Costelow adds the extras and the home side now leads 14-10.

Joe Hawkins try

11 Min: Wales 7 – 10 Scotland
This end to end match has seen Scotland hit back through hooker Patrick Harrison who scores in the left corner. Cameron Scott then converted from out wide to put his side in front.

07 Min: Wales 7 – 3 Scotland
Wales respond well and after some patient play Christ Tshiunza powers over from close range. Sam Costelow succesfully converted to give Wales a 7-3 lead.

Christ Tshiunza scores

04 Min: WALES 0 – 3 SCOTLAND
A lively start for Scotland see’s them take the lead through a Cameron Scott penalty. They earnt a penalty after several attacking phases deep inside the Wales 22.

SCOTS WON THE COIN TOSS

It will be down to the visitors to choose which way they play after skipper Alex Samuel won the toss. The Scots are seeking their first win and will be hoping to avoid picking up the dreaded Wooden Spoon. Wales won their opening game against Italy and will be hoping to win to overtake them and finish fourth overall.

WELSH LINE-UP

15 Morgan Richards (Dragons/Pontypridd)
14 Carrick McDonough (Dragons)
13 Ioan Evans (Pontypridd)
12 Joe Hawkins (Ospreys)
11 Tom Florence (Ospreys)
10 Sam Costelow (Scarlets)
9 Ethan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby)
1 Cameron Jones (Ospreys)
2 Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby)
3 Nathan Evans (Cardiff Rugby)    
4 Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs)         
5 Rhys Thomas (Ospreys)
6 Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs)
7 Alex Mann (Cardiff Rugby – capt)
8 Tristan Davies (Ospreys)

Replacements:
16 Oli Burrows (Exeter Chiefs)
17 Lewys Jones (Nevers)
18 Zak Giannini (Llanelli Wanderers)
19 James Fender (Ospreys)
20 Harri Deaves (Ospreys)
21 Harri Williams (Scarlets)
22 Will Reed (Dragons)
23 Ben Burnell (Cardiff Rugby)
24 Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Rugby)
25 Eddie James (Scarlets)
26 Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby)

NEXT UP WALES V SCOTLAND

There is real honour at stake in the final fixture off this unique U20 Six Nations Championship with the Scots going for their first win and home nation Wales aiming to stay off the bottom of the table.

The game is Live on BBC2 Wales or anyone wanting to watch. Wales coach Ioan Cunningham has made seven changes to the side which suffered defeat to England last Wednesday in the penultimate round.

FRENCH WIN A THRILLER TO END RUNNERS-UP

France beat Ireland in an all-action match at the Arms Park to finish second in the final standings of the Six Nations.  Scrum half Nolann Le Garrec showed his kicking quality for the French scoring a total of 14 points from all areas of the pitch.

This was arguably France’s most complete performance of the tournament and if it was not for some inconsistent patches in some matches they would have been genuine challengers to England’s crown.  Ireland’s outstanding skipper and No 8 Alex Kendellen scored two tries to make it six in the tournament.

HT: IRELAND 20 – 24 FRANCE

It’s a hum-dinger in the second match of the day with the French leading 24-20 againat Ireland in the battle for the runners-up spot. The Irish are one point ahead, but France outscored them by three tries to two in a great first-half display.

GRAND SLAM ENGLAND

England completed the U20 Six Nations Grand Slam at the Arms Park with a 27-17 win against Italy. The team who are coached by Alan Dickens proved been worthy winners and completed the tournament with a four try victory.

The England scorers were Orlando Bailey, Jack Bates and a double from winger Arthur Relton.  Italy can be pleased with their resilient performances in this year’s tournament and did well to hold England to a 10 point margin.

This was the first time that England had won the U20 Six Nations since 2017 and their squad featured many players who have featured in senior rugby for their clubs this season.

Standout performers for England throughout the tournament include, hooker, Sam Riley of the Harlequins who was a constant source of tries for the red rose. Gloucester’s Jack Clement and Exeter’s Arthur Relton also look to have big futures in the game.

England coach, Alan Dickens was delighted that the tournament was rescheduled instead of cancelled and said that the tournament provided an invaluable experience for his players.

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