Scotland under-18 and the under-19 development side played out a good contest on Sunday to show that there is plenty of talent coming through the ranks in this country.
Played in the sunshine at Inverleith in Edinburgh, it was the under-18s with the opening score after several attempts to charge over the line, including a dart from wing Jacob Lineen, resulted in second-row Cameron Henderson barging over in the 30th minute.
Stand-off Matt Davidson converted and, despite the under-19s best efforts that was the way it stayed at the break.
The under-19s started the second half well and No.8 Dan Marek went over for a try. Inside centre Will Hunt added the extras and it was 7-7.
In the closing 10 minutes, with the sides still tied, the under-19s began to assert their authority with two scores coming minutes apart.
The first saw great pace from replacement front-row Finlay Richardson who stretched the defence on the left wing to take the lead for his side with a try. Scrum-half Kaleem Baretto converted brilliantly from the touchline.
Baretto then finished things off at 19-7 with a try of his own after what had been a useful exercise for both sets of players.
#U19vU18 70' | TRY! Kaleem Baretto dives over in the left corner after Patrick Anderson makes the initial break for Scotland U19…(19-7)
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 26, 2017
Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo
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