Picky, 29th March 2015
Orkney U18s 34, Moray U18s 7
Orkney U18's looked to continue their run of form against Moray RFC in a double header match for the league and the quarter final of the Caledonia Plate. Orkney were fired up infront of a novelty home crowd and this inspired the boys to show everyone watching how far we had came as a team since their last home game against Gordonstoun in October.
However, it was Moray who started the second half with more intent and the strength and size of their forwards threatened Orkney's defense. The Orkney's back who were well drilled throughout the game ran in another try, making it two tries from two games for Jason Scott, it was converted by Taylot-PT to extend Orkney's lead to 29-0 and give them the bonus point for the league. For the next 20 minutes the intensity of the game began to take effect on both sides and after a sustained period of play with countless phases, the Moray captain battered over the line to give them their first try of the day, it was converted to make it 29-7. However this was shortly answered by Fergus, who cut a brilliant line to run through between the posts untouched. Sam Croy missed the conversion to make it 34-7 after an hour of play. The last 10 minutes of the match were heated and a number of penalties were given away by the Moray side. Orkney were unlucky to add a sixth after Ciaran Drever's try wasn't awarded. The final score was 34-7 to Orkney.
This kept Orkney 3rd in the table, ten points behind leaders Gordonstoun who have played 2 more games than Orkney. It also sent Orkney through to a semi-final home fixture against Dundee Eagles which is scheduled to be played on the 18th of April. Man Of The Match went to Fergus MacIvor for the second game in a row as he had such a large hand in the final score. Thanks again have to go to Nicol Gray, Andrew MacDonald, Jason Scott and the Under 16 players who stepped up to the mark and made a strong statement for a permanent place in the side for the remainder of the Season.
Match report by Cameron Gray