Yorkshire Carnegie Academy youngsters Dan Lancaster and Archie Smeaton narrowly missed out on a winning start to their Scotland U18 careers as a late try from Wales snatched a 32-30 on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon.

Bishop Burton College student Lancaster started in the centres for the Scots and capped his debut with the home side’s second try.

Scotland were energetic throughout and scored four tries in front of a crowd of more than 500.

Man of the Match Nathan Chamberlain opened the scoring for Scotland after four minutes with a well-taken penalty and the home side had a couple of opportunities to extend their lead, before Wales levelled the scores through a Luke Scully kick.

The first try of the game came the way of the Scots. A great break by Jamie Dobie saw him race into the Wales 22 and several phases later hooker Rory Jackson got over the line. The conversion was missed and Scotland led 8-3.

On 28 minutes Wales got their first try of the game, with Ioan Davies scoring under the posts and the conversion put Wales into a 10-8 lead.

However, the lead didn’t last long and after some lovely build-up play Lancaster crossed. Chamberlain’s conversion made it 15-10 to Scotland and that’s how it stayed until the break.

Wales came out of the traps quickly in the second-half and scored three quick tries. First Joe Roberts went over and then Jac Morgan and Josh Thomas scored, with Thomas kicking one of the conversions to give Wales a 27-15 lead.

However, Scotland responded well with Ollie Smith going over to reduce the deficit and then Nathan Chamberlain scored and converted his own try to make it 27-27.

Chamberlain kicked a penalty with around five minutes left to play, but Wales snatched it at the death with a try from Harri Doel sealing a 32-30 win.

Scotland U18 Head Coach Iain Monaghan said he was pleased with the performance of his side ahead of their match against England in Stirling next Sunday.

Speaking to scottishrugby.org, he said: “We knew it was going to be a real stiff test and I think the boys surpassed their own beliefs.

“We spoke about turning up right from the start and we watched a bit of the Scotland U20 game on Friday and the boys took a lot of heart from their performance.

“I’m really proud of the attitude and the effort and I thought the guys who came off the bench to finish the game brought a real spark and loads of energy and added to the good work the boys were doing, so it’s hugely exciting going forward.”

Scotland U18 team:
15. Rufus McLean (Merchiston Castle School) CAPTAIN

14. Scott Robeson (George Heriot’s School)

13. Ollie Smith* (Strathallan School)

12. Dan Lancaster (Yorkshire Carnegie / Bishop Burton College)

11. Jack Blain* (Stewart’s Melville College)

10. Nathan Chamberlain (Bristol / SGS College)

9. Jamie Dobie * (Merchiston Castle School)

1. Thomas Jeffrey * (Peebles)

2. Rory S Jackson * (Edinburgh Academy)

3. Mak Wilson * (Duns)

4. Kieran Watt (Watsonians)

5. James Barker (Newcastle Falcons / Gosforth High School)

6. Gavin Wilson * (Dumfries Saints)

7. Tyler Thomas (Merchiston Castle School)

8. Cammy Brown (Kelso)


16. Scott Clelland * (Ayr RFC)

17. Ashley SInton (Newcastle Falcons / Gosforth High)

18. Daniel Gamble* (Kelso RFC / Merchiston Castle School)

19. Tom Morris (Dollar Academy)

20. Archie Smeaton (Yorkshire Carnegie / Hymers College)

21. Luhann Kotze* (Biggar)

22. Callum Hoffie (George Watson’s College)

23. Charlie Hudson (St Peter’s York)

*BT Sport Academy Player Supported Player