TWO tries from Borderer Corey Tait were not enough as Scotland U20 fell to a 37-26 defeat in their final pool stage match against Uruguay U20 at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The South Americans kicked off the scoring with an early converted try by Pedro Brum, then a penalty from Juan Carlos Canessa made it 10-0.

The Scots responded and the forwards trundled towards the line with Eddie Erskine touching down. Former Southern Knight Ben Afshar kicked the conversion.

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A few minutes after his try Erskine was sent to the sin bin for taking the man in the air at a lineout.

Uruguay capitalised off the Scots being one man down and Máximo Lamelas scored their second try of the afternoon with a driving maul.

Scotland missed a chance at five points when clever defence from Uruguay kept Tait held up.

Uruguay added another three points when out of nowhere full back Icaro Amarillo kicked a 50-metre drop goal.

Scotland came back fighting with a heavy driving maul – something that has proved successful for the team throughout the tournament.

The forwards managed push past defence with Tait at the helm who crashed over the line.

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Afshar completed the points with a successful kick to leave the half-time score 20-14 in favour of the South Americans.

A knock on from the Scots allowed the Uruguayan backs to race up the pitch and stretch over the line, with Juan González adding another try just after half time.

Simple but effective, the Scots utilised their powerful driving mauls once again and Tait went over the whitewash for his second try of the match.

Another penalty was awarded to Uruguay for Scotland collapsing the scrum and Canessa took advantage with another successful shot at a long-range kick.

In the 59th minute Francisco García was sin-binned for Uruguay and Scotland responded by shortening the points gap through yet another driving maul, this time with previous try-scorer Erskine finishing a phase later.

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Some disciplined pick and goes allowed Uruguay front foot ball which led to a fourth try for them from Guillermo Juan Storace with just over 10 minutes to go, and an 11-point lead.

Scotland pushed frantically in the final minutes for a response but Uruguay held firm and took the win.

This result means that Scotland will compete in the third/fourth-place playoff on Sunday.