Inverness - Sunday, 22 January 2017
Highland RFC U15s 68, Orkney RFC U15s 14
Last Sunday the Orkney under 15 team travelled to Inverness to play Highland RFC in the Prelimary Round of the Caledonian Cup. On arrival in Inverness the designated pitch was found to be unplayable due to the heavy frost, fortunately an alternative was found a short walk away.
While both teams warmed up it was obvious that the visiting team would have to be at their best as they faced a side of a considerable larger physique. In the opening period the Orkney team impressed with some strong running and good tackling and when in possession the ability to spread the ball through very quick handling.
Unfortunately after five minutes Highland broke through the Orkney defence to score a try the conversion being missed, this was quickly followed by another Highland try from a tap penalty near the Orkney line when a big forward forced his way over, once again the conversion was missed.
This set back seemed to give the team a lift and when Kieran Morrison received the ball in mid field he showed the Highland defence a clean pair of heels and scored a well deserved try, Jamie Clouston demonstrated to the opposition how to take a place kick and slotted the conversion, 12-7.
Highland replied with another two tries neither being converted. Orkney once again replied with a well-constructed passing move with Jay Foubister showing good strength to score, Jamie Clouston once again converted 22-14. In the run up to half time Highland scored another unconverted try leaving the score at 27-14.
During the second half Orkney appeared to tire with a very fit Highland taking advantage of this scoring a further seven tries two being converted giving a final score of 68-14. The squad could leave the field with heads held high as they had made a great effort with the whole team getting pitch time. On being asked for a nomination for man of the match John Cairns replied “Every player in a Orkney shirt”.
This trip was completed using two Mini Buses for a change and everyone appeared happy with the different mode of transport. Thanks to Kenny Sinclair and Graham Brough for driving and Torquill MacLeod for travelling.
The squad was: M Simpson, Kieron Morrison, Jacob Urgias, Euan Dougal, Cameron Foy, Archie Flett, Keith Dearness, Reid Kemp, Jamie Clouston, Jay Foubister, Zander Scott, Charlie Pasotti, William Omand, Reece Worthington, Gavin Sinclair, Jamie Flett, Tom McArthur, Craig Brough, Ben Swanney and Ryan Tait.
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