U16 v Musselburgh
The U16 were away to Musselburgh at Stoneyhill. This is not a Sunday to remember with both Muir centres picking up injuries - Michael Sinclair with a dislocated elbow 15mins in and Robert Kay retiring with a damaged knee. The team regrouped and put in some strong tacking holding Burgh to 8-5 at half time. The 2nd half made Muir think, 10 man rugby was the plan. It worked well but the occasional lapse of concentration saw Muir go down 29-5.
U15 v RHC
We enjoyed a warm welcome from RHC, who played a strong backline against an injury weakened side. Whilst not taking anything from RHC, our forwards competed strongly, particularly in the scrum and lineout. However, our shortage of backs meant that the fast running RHC backs were able to run around our wing and score freely in the first half. A stronger second half, where our forwards and new half back pairing looked impressive restricted them to one try, but by then the game was lost. Hopefully all our injured players will recover quickly.
S2 v Gala Red Triangles
Boroughmuir started strongly with some good forward pressure which resulted in an early score for Dario Moran. Good defensive alignment from the back line kept their Gala counterparts under pressure for most of the match, however, a few missed tackles let Gala back into the game to lead 14 – 12 with ten minutes to go. In the final period strong Muir play had Gala pegged back in their own 22 before Moran went over for his hat trick. Final score 17 – 14 to Boroughmuir.
S1 v Gala Red Triangles
The wind played a significant part in the S1 match. Following initial breaches of the Gala defence in the first third, Gala worked their way up to the Muir 22 however great defence and a super counter-attack saw Boroughmuir score a great converted try. In the second period there was again some great defending with Muir soaking up the pressure but Gala eventually scored a well-deserved try which was converted. Boroughmuir scored again after they pressurised and harried their way up the pitch from the re-start. Gala scored again in the third period before great break by the Boroughmuir stand-off from half way saw him side step, duck, dodge, dive and elude the Gala defence to score under the posts and seal a very good victory for S1. Special mentions for the outstanding tacklers on the day Euan, Rory, Finlay, Angus & Lewis. Final score was 12 – 7.
P7 - West of Scotland Tournament
The P7's just managed to get a team out this weekend with the Edinburgh holiday taking it's toll on us. The rain started just as we took to the pitch for our first game against Stirling County. Our second meeting in a week and unfortunately the outcome was the same. The first half was very close with Stirling edging it 2 -1 but the second half we began to struggle a bit. The heavy pitch and driving rain and the fact we only had 1 sub meant there were a few tired legs out there and Stirling scored 3 unanswered tries.
By the time we played our second Game against Ayr conditions were not great and the cold and wet certainly affected the boys. The final game was reduced to one half only against Birkmyre and everyone really just wanted to finish up and dry off. I think we will put this week down to experience and look forward to next week's trip to North Berwick and hope conditions are much, much better!
P6 – West of Scotland Tournament
Before the tournament even started it was raining and although we tried to take shelter by the time of the first match kicked off everyone was soaking!
Game 1 - Heavy rain: With the rain thrown into the mix it was hard to concentrate and when you have good team like Stirling County, the smallest mistake can be costly. Rain, more rain and the cold and we went down 3-0.
Game 2 - Horizontal rain: Our second game was against Ayr and although we had a much better game the slippy ball and tough conditions had taken its toll, we went down 3-1. After that Stirling County threw in the towel and then we had to call it a day through injury. All in all probably one of those days you wished rugby was an indoor sport!