Scotland under-20 Head Coach John Dalziel admitted he had “never been so proud” after the team finished fifth in the World Rugby Championship on Sunday after defeating Australia.
The 24-17 win came after other victories against Ireland, Italy and Wales in Georgia, putting the seal on a great few weeks by skipper Callum Hunter-Hill and his charges.
And Dalziel took to social media to say: “No words for this u20 side. Never been so proud of a group of players! Deserve all they have achieved!”
A last-gasp try from Charlie Shiel in this game created a piece of history for the team, securing their highest every finish in the event.
Scotland were behind for most of the game, going into the break trailing the opposition 10-3, but a sensational second half performance in which they score three tries secured a monumental win.
The victory was the under-20s second over Australia in successive championships and followed the senior side’s triumph over the men in gold the day prior.
Scotland’s points in the first half came from a Connor Eastgate penalty.
A Robbie Nairn try in the 47th minute, converted by Eastgate, made it 10-10.
Shiel then picked up the ball from the base of a ruck and sniped over the whitewash for his side’s second score to put them 17-10 up with the conversion.
Australia leveled things up at 17-17, but this Scottish side never give up.
Some excellent pressure in defence on 79 minutes won a crucial scrum 10 metres out from the line and Shiel sniped around the fringes and displayed his pace to finish under the sticks.
Eastgate’s conversion finished things off and sparked celebrations.
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