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Posted Monday, March 12th 2018

Chamberlain shines but Lloyd's Wales U18 edge out Scotland U18

Nathan Chamberlain’s man of the match performance proved to be in vain as Ioan Lloyd’s Wales U18 left it late to edge out Scotland U18 at BT Murrayfield on Sunday.

Chamberlain, who started at fly half, finished with a 15-point haul courtesy of two penalties, two conversions and a fine second half try, but a late Welsh try snatched victory at the death.

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 Dan Lancaster scored Scotland's second try of the game. Chamberlain's conversion made it 15-10 to Scotland and that's how it stayed until the break.

Left, Wales U18 full-back, Ioan Lloyd and right, Scotland U18 fly-half, Nathan Chamberlain (JMP UK).

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.

Meanwhile, a Scotland U20 development team drew 10-10 with Romania U20 in Greenock today. Ben Appleson kicked a penalty and conversion and Matt Davidson scored Scotland's only try.

"We knew it was going to be a real stiff test and I think the boys surpassed their own beliefs,” said Scotland U18 head coach, Iain Monaghan. 

"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."

(Main image via Scottish Rugby). 

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