Youth Section Match Reports Sunday 14th April 2013
Boroughmuir S2 vs West of Scotland
It was warm, windy and sunny when the game against West of Scotland got underway. A slightly weakened West team began strongly with some positive driving play that brought an early score and conversion. There followed a period of forward dominated play which West got the better of but a combination of solid defence, good tackling and some knock-ons prevented another score. Several attacks by Muir failed to produce a score until Lee burst through and touched down. Another try from West meant we turned around 3:7 down. We were not quite as competitive as West in the rucks, nor disciplined enough, giving away a few too many penalties at the breakdown. It was clear Muir needed to be more physical in contact, improve discipline and raise the level for the 2nd half. It happened! From the kick off the reserve prop, Jack (thanks to the West Coaches for kindly agreeing to the substitution) made a powerful run up the Stand side of the pitch and the rest of the team responded taking the ball through several phases for Cameron to touch down in the left corner. Iain successfully converted despite the strong blustery wind. Muir managed to maintain the increased intensity, retaining the ball well though attacks built on multiple phases, with Lee touching down to show reward for some excellent all round play. At the restart Dario gathered the ball and ran in another score with one of his characteristically elusive runs. West came back strongly and despite some spirited defence scored again but missed the conversion to make the score 13:10 with 5 minutes remaining. Pleasingly Boroughmuir maintained their standards and Lee made another fine break from his own half, good support running from Dario kept the defence guessing and Lee touched down to seal the win with his hat-trick of tries (and win man of the match). An excellent team performance, especially in the 2nd half.
Final Score, Boroughmuir 16 : 10 West of Scotland (5 tries to 3).
Boroughmuir S1 vs West of Scotland
There was a stiff breeze at Meggetland on Sunday for the visit of West of Scotland, a team we have never beaten at any age level and to be honest we have never been close to, we lost by 40 points in the corresponding away fixture.
With three thirds of 20 minutes playing with the wind for two of those would prove the difference and unforunately that advantage went to West.
Boroughmuir kicked off and the West players were quick to start attacking but good defence kept them out, the ball was spun along their back line and their forwards adopted a more direct approach but they all floundered on a resolute defence. On a couple of occasions turnovers were achieved and minor incursions into the West defence were successful, unfortunately the option of kicking the ball into the wind meant the ball did not travel very far and end up in the hands of a grateful West player. West eventually scored after about 8 minutes when their biggest forward broke through for a converted score. Muir restarted and went straight at the West defence, unfortunately the supporting players were too slow and a turnover occurred resulting in more defensive work which was still resolute with West only managing to inch their way forward despite the wind advantage, inevitably a second score did arrive and after a similar result at the restart a third quickly followed. Boroughmuir stuck to their task and were very unfortunate to conced a fourth score near the end of the the third. Boroughmuir 0 - West 14
2nd third and with the wind at their backs it took 'Muir a couple of minutes to adjust to the change in the elements but once they did it was a case of eating into the West score, a great break from half way by Scott resulted in him brushing of several attempted tackles before touching down just outside the posts for a converted score. This was just the boost Muir required and they settled in to their attacking role with fresh enthusiasm. the tackling at kick offs was excellent and the pressure put on West resulted in turnovers or penalties to Muir, two more well deserved Boroughmuir converted scores were to follow before the end of the third. Boroughmuir 12 - West 14
All to play for in the third 3rd and to win a score against the wind was required, unfortunately it did not materialise but Muir did get in to the opposition 22 which was the furthest either team got against the elements. West did manage one converted score in the final period but all credit to the S1 boys for a fantastic performance, a complete transformation from the side that lost at Burnbrae in September.
The performance also bodes well for our tour to Bishops Stortford in May as the opposition there are expected to be of a similar standard to West, who are a very good side.
Final score, Boroughmuir 12 - West 19
P7 v Preston Lodge
Boroughmuir raced in to a 3 – 0 lead with some great tries and were playing some great rugby. PL came back into the game strongly and had levelled the score at 3 – 3 before we took the lead once more. It was a very competitive game and quite physical at times but this is what we are going to expect going in to S1’s next season. There was some very good rugby from both teams and the tackling and commitment was great to watch. In the end Boroughmuir ran out winners by 6 – 4 and was a very good & determined result for the home team.
P6 v Preston Lodge
The P6's nearly had a full squad out for the games last Sunday against Preston Lodge. On a glorious sunny day we managed to split our squad in two and give PL two games. In our first game the team started off well. Tackling was good but what was really good to see was our support play, which was the difference between the teams. Big Luke managed to 'target the gaps' and always have the opportunity to offload. A good performance and we came out with a good win. Our second game was much the same, but with different players. Some good individual performances going in and again, always having the opportunity to offload to support saw us put in a good win and not concede a try. Well done to the squad, for sticking to our game plan!!
P5 v Preston Lodge
The days earlier rain had stopped so fortunately no snorkels required just the healthy gales to contend with!
Muir fielded two squads and it was Green who were first into action against PL. Not much between the two squads to start with however Muir started to take control with strong rucks and a lot of hard work. Muir scored first but PL soon responded with a good individual try. The game continued in the same way until Muir managed to start moving the ball down the line showing some great link ups which in the end resulted in a two score win 5-3
The big game was up next Green vs Blue. After a brief recovery Greens were back on the pitch facing a Blues team raring to go. Both teams put on a great display for the crowd. Hard work at training was starting to pay off with longer more accurate passes, backward tackles and running on to the ball all evident. Both teams put in a huge effort against both each other and the wind. The game proved to be the most exciting of the day and with no side managing to find the edge and so a draw was the fair result.
PL returned to the field this time against Muir Blue and were out for revenge. Struggling with back to back games and playing into the wind, Muir quickly found themselves four scores down however kept their heads up and to their credit levelled the score without reply. Despite Muir getting the last score of the day the game finished a very close 7-9.
Great day for Muir P5 with all the players putting in a shift and showing off some really good rugby. Smiles all round.
P4s v Preston Lodge
On a very windy afternoon the P4's were able to field three teams who were very competitive both against Preston Lodge and also against each other. It was really good to see the everyone showing so much commitment in all phases which bodes well for the future. The most pleasing thing was the ability to handle the ball so well in such windy conditions.
The team are coming along nicely!
P3 v Preston Lodge
On a sparkling but blustery Sunday afternoon the P3 squad fielded an impressive 3 sides the golds, greens and blues to face a first 7 select from Preston Lodge.
We had a mini round robin tournament with each team playing the other once in a 15 minute game.
All sides were pretty evenly matched and the scores reflected that fact. In the end PL won 2 and lost one. Scores were close with no side scoring more that 4 tries.
The boys (and Lilly) are all showing signs of tangible improvement with better handling and passing, forward movement and positioning. Most importantly they all left with smiles on their faces. Even before the home baking was dished out (thanks to all who helped !)
Great day out for coaches, kinds and the support.