Despite a few late call offs both the unders and overs were able to put out a full XV, plus subs. Players mixed in and were happy playing for either side to balance out the sides. This is what’s its all about and I am delighted the lads just want to play rugby, regardless of what shirt they have on.
The game kicked off with very little between the two teams. Kyle Robb was pulling the strings for the youngsters, captaining the side from number 10 and showing his class from the boot and ball out of hand.
Some strong performances were seen from centre duo Ryan Mooney and Jack Paterson, showing some fancy footwork and spinning out of tackles. Jacob Urgis‘ commitment to training and games (not missing a Second XV game so far) showed, not missing a single tackle as well as displaying some strong running on the wing! Hard work pays off. Keith Deerness slotted in at full back and had a strong game, demonstrating his versatility as a player.
Despite the lighter pack, there was no mercy at scrum time and the youngsters held their own! First time prop, Keith holland, carried the ball with dominance and remained strong in his tackles. Playing out of position and joining the forwards, both Ryan Arcus and Silas Cox did very well. Arcus was a solid 8, and Cox joined the back row at 7.
Looking very at home in the line outs, Frazer Merriman had a good game at lock. Murray Simpson had another first class game, so good that he came away with the Man of the match award for the under 30s.
The over 30s had some good spells and very unlucky not to come away with more points on the scoreboard. Bryan Linklater skippering his side, lead by example with some strong runs and leading his side well. Putting in a hard shift, Derek Nicolson made some big hits and displayed some strong running for the overs.
The back row of Ally Amer, Martin Harper and Paul Johnston were all over the park. Paul Johnston came away with the over 30s man of the match with a strong performance at number 8.
In the backs, Bruce Pinkerton and Allan Thomson made up the 9 and 10 pairing, both showing their skill and experience. Scanning the pitch at full back, Alan Pirie had another good game. It’s safe to say he’s cemented his position there this season.
Jack Paterson switched from young to old and helped inject some speed into the old boys. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the youngsters came away with the win but the old boys never gave in and kept fighting till the end. Superb to see so many lads committed to playing this and it’s is so good for the club. It’s brilliant to see some new names on the team sheets and we hope everyone enjoyed the game. I would like to thank Jono Heal who has continued to help coach.
Final score: Unders: 29 Overs: 10
Over 30s Team: 1 Ben Smith, 2 Chris Gunn, 3 Roy Temple, 4 Derek Nicolson, 5 Bryan Linklater, 6 Martin Harper, 7 Ally Amer, 8 Paul Johnston, 9 Bruce Pinkerton, 10 Alan Thomson, 11 Stew Esslemont, 12 Colin Risbridger, 13 Martin Wishart, 14 Mark Spence, 15 Allan Pirie, 16 Aaron Spence, 17 Derek Robb, 18 Craig Stout, 19 Justine Pizon, 20 Nicol Harcus
Under 30s team: 1 Murray Simpson, 2 Omar McMahon, 3 Keith Holland, 4 Fraser Merriman, 5 Conner Crawford, 6 Jacob Heal, 7 Silas Cox, 8 Ryan Arcus, 9 Scott Swannie, 10 Kyle Robb, 11 Magnus risbridger, 12 Ryan Mooney, 13 Jack Paterson, 14 Jacob Urgias, 15 keith Deerness, 16 Ryan wade, 17 Johnny smith, 18 Frazer dowel, 19 Dale walls
Match Report: C.N.
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