The sending off of Campbell Magnay at the 45th minute proved to be woeful for the Aussie U20s, as they started their World Championship campaign with a 15-10 defeat against Scotland. Cautioned with a yellow card in the sixth minute after lifting Scot flanker Matt Smith in a tackle, Magnay was red-carded minutes after half-time when he was involved in a neck roll.
Australia took advantage of their weight in the scrum, earning a penalty in the beginning. As the first half went on, the Aussies lost their scrum domination. Eventually, Scotland earned their first points from a set piece penalty. A man-down Australia dominated possession but errors prevented them from gaining an upper hand in the match.
Ultimately, Australia’s Izack Rodda forced his way through Scotland’s defence, scoring a try in the 25th minute. Magnay’s red card in the second half created an opportunity for Scotland’s tighthead Zander Fagerson, as he drove over for a try in the 47th minute. The Aussies continued to press hard, and in the 56th minute flyhalf Mack Mason put Australia back in the lead.
However, Scotland clinched victory as Darcy Graham dashed through the Aussie defence to score the match-winning try in the 64th minute.