A Wooden Spoon for Scotland Under 20s but their least wooden performance in both attack and defence as they finished their Six Nations campaign on a comparative high.

It was a fifth defeat in these four weeks in Cardiff, but Scotland’s improved performance included pushing hard for a match-winning try before late penalties for Wales outside half Sam Costelow sealed the win.

Technically it was Scotland who were the home side and maybe that inspired them to their best performance out of the blocks as they matched Wales throughout the first half at Cardiff Arms Park.

The away team, Wales, did lead 19-17 at the break, but the Scots certainly had their moments including only their second try in open play in the whole of this Six Nations Championships.

That was finished off by centre Michael Gray bursting through from an inside pass from outside half Cameron Scott, two players who have grown in the last few weeks.

Apart from that it was the tried and trusted lineout drive which brought a familiar try for hooker Patrick Harrison. The lineout drive also brought a penalty for Scott.

It was all put in perspective at the start of the second half, Wales wing Carrick McDonough flying into an attempted catch, clashing heads and leaving the field on a stretcher after a lengthy period of treatment.

While the main thoughts were with McDonough, of course, it was also tricky for the players left on the pitch to pick up momentum where they left off.

When Scotland did regain their mojo it was predictably through a lineout drive which went 22 metres before No 8 Ben Muncaster was able to finish off from close range for the try. Scott maintained his perfect kicking record.

A double blow for Scotland meant a Penalty Try for Wales and a yellow card for wing Ollie Melville for a high tackle. Two penalties for Wales outside half Sam Costelow settled a pulsating encounter.