Australia U21s start with win
June 10, 2005

Australia defeated Scotland 28-22 at Chacras RC to open their IRB Under 21 World Championship campaign on a winning note.

Cameron Shepherd scored the vital try after 75 minutes to secure victory.

The Australians had started strongly, allowing wing Digby Ioane and scrumhalf Nic Berry to score tries within the first 10 minutes.

Scotland responded with some effective forward play and capitalised on Australia infringements to bring the score back to 13-9 at the break, flyhalf David Blair scoring three penalties.

The Scots went ahead early in the second half with two more Blair penalties before more enterprising back play from Australia opened up the opposition defense twice to allow Leroy Houston and Shepherd to touch down.

Scotland could have won it at the death, but a handling error metres from the Australian line denied them.

Australia 28 (Digby Ioane, Nic Berry, Leroy Houston, Cameron Shepherd tries; Julian Salvi pen; Cameron Shepherd pen, con) defeated Scotland 22 (Stevie Lawrie try; David Blair 4 pens; Garry Law pen; Stevie Lawrie con)

Half time: Australia 13-9

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