U16s v Gala Red Triangles
The U16 team went to windy but dry Netherdale today to play Gala. It was full squad out for Muir - all desperate to play. Gala had the early ball and field position - however as they did all afternoon the Muir forwards worked hard to win the ball. Once the ball was won the Muir backs were devastating with ball in hand. This was a mature performance of running and supporting rugby and which the home side struggled to deal with.
The highlight of the game was the cross field kick from 10 to Gully on the wing. A clean catch on the 10m line and a run in to score. It was a delight to watch the Muir handing - backs and forwards. There was support, strong direct running lines and great handling. All 23 players in the squad played today and the encouraging part of the game was the shut out with a range of players, who were delighted with the result. Well done.
Final score 56 – 0, leading scorer Sean Gilligan.
U15 v Livingston
The U15s played their first competitive match in 3 months today, thanks to months of unplayable pitches, which has affected all age groups across the area. As we’d only managed a few sporadic training sessions in all that time they were very rusty. However, they rose to the challenge and performed to a higher level than we had any right to expect. Robbie tackled incessantly, Jamie got his first competitive try of the season and Stephen put in some great try saving tackles, along with a try of his own. Although the score was 41-27 to Livingston, it was great to finally get some game time. Thanks to Livingston for being such welcoming hosts – there will be lots of tired, sore limbs tonight.
S2 v Currie
With a number of the squad away on a school ski trip a depleted S2 squad travelled to Malleny Park to take on the Currie S1/2 development squad. It was their first game since December and the boys were eager to play again.
Currie had the early pressure but a quick score by Lee saw Muir take the lead. Currie were solid up front and it wasn’t until half way through the first half that the Muir forwards began to find some form. The backs played well with some good passing and offloading which resulted in further scores. Cameron had a good game winning turn over ball, leading the close quarter charges and putting in some big hits, a performance that earned him man of the match. Towards the end of the second half Currie scored a couple of well worked trys.
Final Score, Currie 10 – 32 Boroughmuir
S1 v Currie
The boys did well today - Playing into the wind they got the ball along the line really well to spread the Currie defence, gradually making ground up the pitch the try line came into sight only for the final pass to the winger in space not to be made, the ball was held on to in the tackle and from the resultant penalty Currie ran the length of the park to score a converted try, 4-0. The response was immediate though and from the tap Lewis made a great break, supported by Angus who off loaded really well for the support to have a simple drop over the line for a converted try, 4-4. From the kick off
Currie spread the ball wide again, and their winger ran round the defence, but was stopped from scoring under the posts which was to prove crucial as the conversion was missed, 7-4. The Boroughmuir boys then put together a fine passage of play with good handling and great support play which resulted in a score under the posts, 7-8.
Currie opened the scoring in the second half, 11-8. Another good response from Boroughmuir and good ground was gained by strong running from Lewis, Scott & Finlay ably supported by Seumas & Andrew but Currie were holding out well and then managed a turnover, their big strong centre had caused problems all day and managed to evade all tacklers to score again, 14-8. This time the response got the deserved result, all the team linked well and got a try just a wee bit too far out for our kicker, 14-11. Currie restarted and were quickly turned over, as the boys began to realise time was running out. Some desperate Currie defence kept us out but eventually we got the try that brought the scores level, with everybody watching Andrew took the last kick of the game and he flew it through the posts for a really well deserved victory 14 – 15.
Muir edged out Currie 4 – 1 in the development third. Work to be done but the first away win of the season is a good start.
Unfortunately due to the pitches at Inverleith being unplayable, the fixture at Stew Mel was cancelled and all age groups trained instead.