Mixed fortunes for Grove brothers

Sixways siblings Alex and Ollie Grove had mixed fortunes as they turned out for Scotland on Friday night.

Academy ace Ollie was on the score sheet with a penalty as Scotland Under 20s secured their first ever away 6 Nations victory, scoring three tries to beat Italy 18-16 in Capoterra, Sardinia.

Scotland under-20 head coach, Eamon John, said: “We had to show some real character and had to dig and fight for the victory.

“The crowd were very hostile, it was a bit of bear pit out there, but a brilliant atmosphere and a fantastic achievement for the boys – to score three tries away from home in those condition is an excellent achievement.

“They came to difficult environment, in difficult conditions and had to fight back from losing the lead – the momentum totally changed in the second-half and we had to win the game all over again as the crowd got louder and louder.

However, there was no such luck for elder brother Alex as Scotland A lost 13-3 to Italy A on Friday evening in Biella.