Caledonia U18 Cup
Pickaquoy - Saturday February 13, 2016
Orkney/Caithness U18s 5, Highland RFC U18s 82
Orkney/Caithness under 18s played Highland in the first round of the Caledonian Cup. With only three of the Caithness contingent being available the squad was stretched fortunately some of the boys who have just turned 16 and are now able to play under 18 Rugby stepped in.
With Highland playing in the Presidents Conference the highest level of age group Rugby the boys expected a tough game. Due to postponements and lack of fixtures this was the teams first game for eleven weeks so lack of match practice was going to be a factor.
After five minutes of play Highland opened the scoring with a try near the posts that was dually converted. For the remainder of the half the visitors continued to dominate scoring tries at regular intervals with the home side unable to stem the flow. The sides turned round at half time with Highland having a 39 point lead.
During the break the home team although disappointed at the score still showed a positive attitude and determination to take the game to the visitors.
Highland continued to be the stronger side adding to the score as the second half progressed. The home side started to make some headway with breaks into the visitors 22, eventually this lead to to the first score with Arjun Pankhania going over for a try, unfortunately the conversion was missed. The final score was 82-5 to Highland, a well deserved victory giving the home team some food for thought.
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