Boroughmuir HS 1st XV
Saturday saw good news and bad news! Bad news in that Lasswade HS could only raise 9 players for the match and Good News in that they forfeited the tie and so we think we are Edinburgh and Midlothian U18 Regional Plate Champions!
As such we will be in the quarter-finals of the National competition and will have a home match v Kelvinside Academy.
On Saturday, instead, we played a 10-a-side match v Lasswade where both teams enjoyed the open running rugby. Muir coming out on top at full time.
Excellent challenge for the U16 team. A full squad was out playing at Maleny - The team held Currie to 7 points by half time 12-5 however a few injuries cost Muir the game.
It was a good challenge for the team today and was good to see everyone getting a strong game. A rare occurrence in the current league structure.
Next week Forresters / Murrayfield next Sunday at home 11am KO.
P7 Edinburgh & Borders Tournament
A perfect day for rugby brought Boroughmuir down to Inverleith to face Stew Mel, Watsons, Langholm & Melrose in the inaugural Edinburgh/Borders Tournament.
Our first game was against Watsons and this was a close game. We took the lead early and had a few chances to win this game. A loose pass saw Watsons intercept and run in unopposed, similar to yesterday at Murrayfield, and both teams defended really well to hold on to a 1 - 1 draw.
A good start to the day and this was very similar to our next game against Stew Mel. Gavin Inkster ran in his second try of the day before going off injured and again both teams had chances to win but failed to break the defences. Another 1-1 draw but a vast improvement from the last game we played them down at North Berwick.
Langholm were next and this was the first time we had played them so we knew very little about them. A good match with some great runs and tackling from both teams. A determined run from Tom Easton resulted in a well-deserved try and we eventually ran out winners by 2 tries to nil.
The last match against Melrose was a very physical game with some crunching tackles from both sides. Our defence was again excellent and the support play was great to watch. This lead to us running in 3 tries, 2 from Magnus Tait and the other from Hugh Dawson, to earn the win in a really hard fought game.
This was a great afternoon for the P7's and everybody played well today. Our defence, rucking and support play was great to see and enjoyed by all.
There was a lot of excellent rugby from all the P7 teams on show today and was a great opportunity to play teams we don't come across very often.
A big thank you to Stewarts Melville for a great afternoon.
BR P6 MINI RUBY - EDINBURGH v BORDERS
A sunny Sunday afternoon in November saw Stewart Melville's, Watsonians, Biggar, Melrose, Langholm and Boroughmuir assemble for the first Edinburgh v Borders round robin at Melville's pitches.
First up was Melrose v Boroughmuir. We started well and seemed to get into our rhythm quickly. Our offloading and rucking was good, which allowed us to take the game to Melrose, coming out on top 3 scores to 1.
Second match saw us against our benchmark team, Stewart Melville's. Melville's come at you quickly, forcing the mistakes, however, we were every bit as good as them in and around the contact area, however, 3 wayward passes saw them scored 3 times to put them 3 - 0 winners.
Third match was against Bigger. Although Bigger didn't play a bad match we were more physical in the breakdown and tackle areas which meant we could run in a good win.
Fourth match saw us take on a new opponent in the form of Langholm. By this time the players were firing on all cylinders and Langholm didn't really have an answer to the pace that the game was being played at. Another convincing win.
Our last match saw us take on our local club Watson Warriors. We were beaten by Watson at Portobello, but not today. The players showed some real grit and determination to push Watson's back and back.
Our strength in the contact allowed us to win more ball and set up some nice runs, to come out 4 - 0 winners. Some great play was shown by all the players, who stuck to the task well. Good offloading, good rucking and good tackling saw us put in a fine afternoon's work - the slick passing will come soon!
The P5s started with the challenge of facing Melrose. All the players were putting a lot of effort into the tackle and getting to the ruck. Unfortunately the Melrose counter ruck was far too quick for us which led to Melrose coming in deserved winners.
Next up was the home team Stew Mel. Both sides were evenly matched throughout with some great individual running. A great effort from Muir who held on for a single point defeat – a great improvement on previous encounters.
The next game against Biggar went on similar lines with a hard fought contest ending in a draw. Another Borders team Langholm were next. Muir at last managed to take an advantage with some good runs and strong tackling, producing a deserved victory.
By the time we played Watsons for the final game, the cold and fatigue had set in with Watsons proving too strong for the Muir team.