Scotland got off to a blistering start at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, defeating Australia 15-10
Darcy Graham’s 63rd-minute try sealed the win for the young Scots in a gripping match at the AJ Bell Stadium
John Dalziel’s side face England next, at Manchester City’s academy ground on Saturday
Scotland claimed a 15-10 win over Australia in their U20 World Championship clash on Tuesday, with the side in gold having a man sent-off.
There was no score in Salford in the opening 20 minutes of their opening pool match, as both teams struggled to get their game-plan going.
Adam Hastings broke the deadlock for Scotland with a penalty but their lead was short-lived as lock Izack Rodda went over to make it 3-7.
Following the turnaround though a pivotal moment occurred in the 44th minute as Australia’s outside centre Campbell Magnay was handed his marching orders following a second yellow card, thus offering Scotland a leg-up with plenty of time remaining in a finely poised fixture.
Scotland didn’t need long to strike as tighthead Zander Fagerson pushed his side 8-7 in front before Australia’s Mack Mason made it 8-10.
But eventually the numerical advantage saw Scotland come out on top as wing Darcy Graham crossed in the 64th minute for a 15-10 scoreline.
Australia: 15 Jack Maddox, 14 Simon Kennewell, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Nick Jooste, 11 Liam McNamara, 10 Mack Mason, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Maclean Jones, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Vunipola Fifita
Replacements: 16 Josh Taylor, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Harry Hocking, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Harry Nucifora, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Liam Jurd
Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Rory Hutchinson, 12 Tom Galbraith, 11 Ben Robbins, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Hugh Fraser, 8 Jamie Ritchie, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Lewis Wynne, 5 Scott Cummings (c), 4 Andrew Davidson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Jake Kerr, 1 Murray McCallum
Replacements: 16 Lewis Anderson, 17 Dan Elkington, 18 Callum Sheldon, 19 Alex Craig, 20 Ally Miller, 21 Charlie Shiel, 22 George Taylor, 23 Cameron Gray
Referee: Thomas Charabas (France)
Assistant Referees: Ian Tempest (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)