Scotland A showed their senior side the way forward on Friday by holding on for a 13-9 victory over the England Saxons at Kingston Park in Newcastle.
For the second year running the underdogs claimed the spoils as Saracens wing Duncan Taylor scored the only try of the game in the opening minute before the visitors put on a brave defensive effort to hold the Saxons at bay, despite being reduced to 13 men in the closing minutes.
In difficult conditions, the hosts could manage just three penalties via the boot of Leicester fly-half George Ford.
In a howling wind and in front of a crowd of 6,480, right wing Taylor gave the Scots the perfect start when he latched onto an attempted touch-finder from Ford and bolted home.
Tom Heathcote's conversion gave Scotland a 7-0 lead before trading penalties with Ford to leave the scores at 10-6 at half time.
The Scots were playing the more expansive game with full-back Greig Tonks threatening repeatedly and Heathcote's second successful penalty extended the lead.
Ford kicked his third penalty as the rain turned to sleet to keep Jon Callard's side in the hunt and a comeback win looked on the cards as Scottish props Grant Shiells and Jon Welsh saw yellow in the last ten minutes to set up a dramatic finale.
The English laid siege to the Scottish line in the dying minutes but were unable to breach the blue wall.
For England Saxons:
Pens: Ford 3
For Scotland A:
Pens: Heathcote 2
Yellow cards: Reid, Welsh
England Saxons: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 George Ford, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jordan Crane (capt), 7 Will Fraser, 6 George Kruis, 5 George Robson, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Nick Wood, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 George Lowe, 23 Kyle Eastmond.
Scotland A: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Duncan Taylor, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Nikki Walker, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Sean Kennedy, 8 Ryan Wilson (capt), 7 Richie Vernon, 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Steven Lawrie, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Alun Walker, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Gordon Reid, 19 Robert McAlpine, 20 James Eddie, 21 Jamie Stevenson, 22 Ben Cairns, 23 Dougie Fife.