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Scotland u/20 ended the hopes of England being crowned 2018 Six Nations Championship and did exactly the same to Wales who had a marginal chance to be crowned 2019 Six Nations Champions. Scotland's first win in the 2019 Six Nations Championship came in emphatic fashion as they ran in four tries to secure a bonus-point win over Wales in Edinburgh.
Wales were hoping a win against Scotland would set up a championship decider against Ireland next Friday at Zipworld Stadium but they can now only deny the Irish a Grand Slam after they secured title glory with a week to spare after defeating France.
Captain Connor Boyle led the way for the hosts, scoring an early opener before Robbie McCallum and Rory McMichael got in on the act before half-time. The tries kept coming and Jack Blain secured a morale-boosting bonus-point after the break.
Substitutes Will Griffiths and Sam Costelow added late scores as Wales rallied in search of the win they needed to keep their own title hopes alive, but Scotland held on to hand the Championship to Ireland.
Wales head coach Gareth Williams said “It was really disappointing in how we executed things - we had about a 60 per cent turnover rate which is unacceptable at any level to be fair and that cost us – we couldn’t get a foothold in the game,”
“I thought Scotland was excellent but we prepared to expect that, they have grown through the Six Nations, but we didn’t match that and deserved to be on the wrong end of the score-line.
“We’re always asking questions of players who have the opportunity, nights like this help answer questions on that as well. It’s an ongoing process, we talk about development a lot but winning is a part of that process and that was a game which should have been much tighter but through our errors, we didn’t allow that to happen and Scotland was superb in capitalising on our mistakes.
“We showed great resolve to get a losing bonus point out of it because I don’t think we really deserved to get anything out of it to be fair.”
Scotland: Tries: Boyle, McCallum, McMichael, Blain Conversions: Thompson (2) Penalty: Thompson
Wales: Tries: Griffiths, Costelow Conversions: Evans, Costelow Penalties: Evan (2)