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Oban rugby player Lomond MacPherson had a baptism of fire in his first start for the Scotland Under 20 age-grade side.
Playing at the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship at the Racecourse Stadium in Rosario, Argentina, the Watsonians winger was called into the starting line-up against New Zealand on Saturday following Scotland’s 43-19 defeat to South Africa last Tuesday.
Coached by former Melrose flanker Carl Hogg, the young Scots were edged out eight scores to five in a 13-try thriller as New Zealand eventually powered their way to victory in what was, from start to finish, an enthralling contest.
Lomond has featured for Glasgow U16s and Scotland U19s, while he currently plays for capital side Watsonians. He was also part of the Edinburgh U20 side that lifted the junior 1872 Cup in November 2018 and was named in the U20 set-up for the first time in his career ahead of the championship.
Hogg’s outfit took a while to settle on Saturday with the Kiwis taking full advantage, racking up a 26-0 lead without reply.
Scotland rallied, however, and two late scores secured a losing bonus point that could be significant heading into this week’s crucial match against Georgia in their final pool stage match.