21st May 2019

u/20 Six Nations – Can Wales Stay In Contention Against Scotland?

 

Wales u/20 still has a mathematical chance to be crowned as the 2019 u/20 Six Nations Champions. They have to beat Scotland tonight and earn five log points and depend on France to beat Ireland tonight, then hope Italy beats France in Round Five next week Friday while they must beat Ireland also next week Friday with a bonus point.

Scotland, on the other hand, needs a win desperately to avoid the wooden spoon. They are currently last on the log with four points behind Italy and five behind England.

Wales made four changes, one change was made at the back with Alex Morgan replaces Tomi Lewis who got injured in Wales' win against England last weekend. Jac Price returns to the lock position after he has served his suspension while prop Kemsley Mathias and flanker Ellis Thomas are promoted from the bench.

“There are a number of changes in the squad, and this is a reflection of the competition we have leading towards the World Cup,” Wales head coach, Gareth Williams said.

“We are very focussed on the challenge of Scotland. They are a good team who will be excited to be at home and they will pose a real threat to us.

“We’ve been keen to put England behind us despite being proud of the resolve we showed in gaining that result.”

Scotland made three changes to the team that lost against France a week ago. The returning exiles centre Cameron Anderson and loose forward Kwagga van Niekerk, who both missed last month’s defeat to France through respective injury and unavailability - are two of three changes to the starting line-up as Robbie McCallum (Complutense Cisneros) is selected at inside-centre in the place of the injured Grant Hughes.

Head Coach Carl Hogg, said: “I think there are aspects of our game that are really pleasing. When we get the ball in hand, we are creating opportunities. We look very sharp and very clinical, which is really pleasing.

“The key challenge for us, as we’ve discussed all week, is making sure we perform consistently under pressure. And that’s the key for a full 80-minute performance.

“There have been huge improvements made over the first three games, but international rugby is about performing under pressure, so we’re looking forward to continuing our development this Friday night against Wales.”

 

 

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