Success today at the Biggar Mini Tournament for our P6 & P7 age groups
P7 Biggar Tournament Report
P7, notorious tournament slow starters, kicked off against Dalziel, a team we expected to beat. The boys didn't disappoint, running out 7-1 winners, the team getting better as the match progressed. The referee was intolerant of any tackling above the shorts, Boroughmuir giving away a succession of penalties, but the team gradually got the message, getting the tackles in low and hard.
Next up was Biggar, a team we've had some good tussles with in the past. Muir dominated from the kick-off with some effective tackling and rucking allowing us to dominate possession. Muir ran in some beautiful tries including one straight from a lineout, through the hands to score in the opposite corner. Muir winners, 5 -1.
The next game was a showdown with Stirling County. The winners of this game would head to the final. The P7s had never beaten County before, the best result being a 5-5 draw. The boys were confident though and managed to come back from behind twice to physically dominate the second half and win 4-2.
In the final Muir faced Melrose, another team the P7s have never beaten. Muir's tackling and rucking were excellent from the kick-off and we raced into a 3-0 lead. The boys held off Melrose in the second half with a couple of long range scores to finish Boroughmuir 5 Melrose 2. Boroughmuir, tournament winners!
Biggar Tournament - P6 Report:
You never quite know how things will go on your first turn out of the season so it was great to see how well the Boroughmuir P6 guys played.
Picking up from the end of last season, they showed good skill, great commitment and big hearts in remaining unbeaten for the day and so it was terrific to see them win the Tournament.
In the Group games, they took a comfortable win against Hamilton (9-0), playing some sound rugby using the width of the pitch but also refusing to ease off in defence. Against Stirling and Currie, the games got tougher. For the former, it took a while to step up to the level required but they did enough to hold them off and push on for the win with some determined running (5-3). For the later, the guys started to play some real ‘team’ rugby, using their back line to good effect, and having switched off for the first score against, they didn’t look back and showed signs of the rugby that was going to be needed to win the next 2 games, winning (5-2).
In the semi-final they played Dalziel, after an early exchange of scores the guys really stepped up and played their best rugby of the day, very strong in defence and mixing up the attack play very well between taking it short and passing down the line to come out winners (7-1).
In the final, it was a replay of the last pool game, with Currie having beaten Melrose in their semi-final.
Currie proved to be more resilient and always a threat with some pacey runners in a game where the efforts of the day started to show as both teams started to tire. At the end of the first half Boroughmuir had managed to ease into the lead (4-2) by continuing to play some top quality rugby but Currie got off to a strong start to the second half scoring twice to Boroughmuir’s once and applying a lot of pressure. The guys dug deep and then eventually pushed on to close the game out and take the win (7-4) and wrap off a great day of rugby.
Special mentions are required for all: Fraser, Alexander, Joseph and Ollie for their all round play throughout the day, some of the tackling, particularly Alexander’s, was outstanding. Robbie, Aiden, Hayden and Rory for their great attacking running skills. Henry and Jude for repeatedly making their marks on games by competing for the ball and then running strongly with ball in hand. Gregor and Murray for showing more strongly as the day went on, taking the ball up and linking with others to create great opportunities.
All in all a terrific day with plenty to build on over the coming weeks and months