Scotland pick second win after seeing off USA

Scotland u20 in a past action. PHOTO/Scotland Rugby

Scotland continued to look like the team to beat at the U20 Trophy with a six-try 40-13 win against USA in Nairobi.

In the first round of matches, Scotland ran out comfortable winners despite a second-half comeback by Zimbabwe, while USA were looking to bounce back from a last-gasp loss to Uruguay.

An enterprising USA team had the better of the early exchanges but, in what would be the theme of the first half, failed to capitalise on several line breaks, their favoured offloading game letting them down.

Scotland took advantage to open the scoring when winger Finn Douglas burst over following a rolling maul.

Back came USA, Corbin Smith’s flying finish coming after a break down the short side from dangerous outside centre Aisake Tukuafu. Hugh O’Kennedy added the conversion, then kicked two penalties.

But it was Scotland who edged ahead at half-time, centre Findlay Thomson crashing over after his team laid siege to the USA line from close quarters.

With Scotland starting to take control through their set-piece, scrum-half Ben Afshar twice sniped over off the back of driving lineouts.

An injection of pace from fly-half Andrew McLean gave Scotland a fifth try and the sixth summed up the second half, hooker Corey Tait finishing off another imperious rolling maul.

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