Dodd's late try helps Scotland 20s edge out Italy

SCOTLAND clinched second place in Pool B of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia with a nailbiting 17-16 victory against Italy.

Scotland's Tom Dodd
Scotland's Tom Dodd

The Scots scored three tries from Robbie Nairn, Luke Crosbie and Tom Dodd but it was a conversion by Conor Eastgate which proved to be vital.

The opposition were only able to cross the whitewash once through centre Marco Zanon, yet a fine kicking display from stand-off Antonio Rizzi kept Italy in the game.

Nairn opened the scoring with a sublime try in the early stages in which he displayed pace and power to touchdown.

But Italy levelled through Zanon and when Rizzi kicked the conversion Italy were ahead.


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Scotland turned down a kickable penalty on 14 minutes and the risk paid off when Crosbie scored after a driving maul. Eastgate slotted the conversion but then missed a penalty.

Italy were denied a try by the TMO as Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn got a hand under the ball to stop Giovanni D’Onforio.

Italy kicked a penalty before the break and Rizzi added two more after the interval to lead 16-10. But Scotland showed character and Dodd scored the winning points.