It was a case of what goes around comes around as Ireland’s Under 20’s, who stole the game against England on their last outing, found the tables turned on them by the Scottish side! However with many of the U20 squad called up for club duties (boo) it was a much understrength side that took the pitch.
I do have issues with the club side taking preference over representative honours at this level and Ulster have been one of the main offenders. The Ulster representation for this game was made up of Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins), Chris Taylor (Malone), John Donnan (Ballynahinch), John Andrew (Ballymena) and John Creighton (Malone) who all played a part.
This result leaves Ireland Women as the only successful side in the Six Nations Championship this weekend..
Report from The Official RBS Six Nations
Tommy Allan showed nerves of steel to kick Scotland to a nail-biting 21-20 RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland, who received a taste of their own medicine at Netherdale.
Having downed champions England with a last-gasp conversion last time out, Ireland bore the brunt of a heart-breaking defeat at the death after Damien Hoyland’s second try of the match handed Allan the chance to win it for Scotland.
It was a second straight win for Scotland who impressed in overcoming Italy in the second outing, having slipped to defeat to England in their first.
Scotland full-back Ruaridh Young, in the starting XV for Keith Buchan, opened the scoring, capitalising on Robbie Fergusson’s fine grubber kick through before Allan added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
Tom Daly got the visitors up and running with a penalty but back came Scotland again and Hoyland intercepted and romped to the Ireland try-line from 50 metres out to put his side in command.
Allan again converted but that score stirred Ireland into life and the visitors mounted some concerted pressure of their own.
Finally it told as No.8 Ryan Murphy dived over for Ireland’s first try of the night and David Panter then brought the visitors to within a point with his side’s second score.
Ireland then found themselves 20-14 to the good and good value for the win after more sustained pressure in the Scotland 22 resulted in a penalty try, Daly converting from in front of the posts.
Scotland flanker Will Bordill had been sent to the sin bin and from the resulting scrum, Ireland made their possession count, leaving referee Ian Davies with little opportunity but to award the try.
But Scotland were not to be outdone and Allan superbly found Hoyland in space and the winger stormed over the line before Allan struck a sweet, curling effort to hand the hosts a 21-20 lead.
There were still five minutes remaining for Ireland to respond but try as they might, they couldn’t force their way past a defiant Scotland defence, ensuring victory for Sean Lineen’s men.
Ireland U20: Darragh Leader (Galwegians/Connacht); David Panter (Corinthians/Connacht), Tom Daly (Lansdowne/Leinster), Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); Steve Crosbie (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) (capt); Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons/Exiles), Chris Taylor (Malone/Ulster), Gavin Thornbury (UCD/Leinster), John Donnan (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Ryan Murphy (Dolphin/Munster).
Replacements used: Mark Roche (Lansdowne/Connacht) for Scannell (2-8 mins, blood sub; 66), John Andrew (Ballymena/Ulster) for McGuigan (69), Darren Sweetnam (UCC/Munster) for Crosbie (72), John Creighton (Malone/Ulster) for McGrath (77), Eoghan Masterson (Clontarf/Leinster) for Timmins (79). Not used: Ryan Furness (Worcester Warriors/Exiles), Adam Boland (Lansdowne/Connacht), Jerry Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).