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Youth Section Reports - Preston Lodge Mini Tournament 2013

Report from the Annual Mini Tournament at Preston Lodge

12 May 2013

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P7 – Tournament Report

After last weeks great performance winning our own Tournament we went down to Prestonpans in a confident mood.

The Round Robin format meant no final this week but guaranteed 5 hard games to play.

Musselburgh were our first opponents and we came right out the blocks, taking the game straight to them. Following on from last week, we continued to ruck really well and our handling has got very good indeed. Support play was excellent and we eventually ran out winners by 5 – 0, another good start.

The second game against Haddington ended with a similar to score to our first game.

North Berwick have been very difficult opponents in the past and this game was no different. It was nail biting stuff and a really hard physical game of P7 rugby. The two teams were excellent to watch and the rugby on display was fantastic. With Muir leading by 2 tries to 1 and the clock ticking down we managed to keep the attack of NB at bay and then some fantastic passing and support we squeezed in at the corner to seal a great win.

Against Preston Lodge we had to work really hard from the first whistle and we raced in to an early lead. Again some great work and support  put us in to 3 – 0 lead and looking good but PL came back with a bulldozing score in the corner and then a further try to narrow the gap to only one score. We managed to hold on superbly to record the win against the host team.

A try almost from kick-off against Portobello set the tone for the game but we still had to make sure we played well and not take a win for granted. A determined defence from Portobello kept the score to 5 tries as we ran out winners.

The boys thoroughly deserved their win again today and had to work very hard to come away with the “George Gillan Memorial Trophy” against some very good teams.

Thanks again to all the wonderful support of all the P7 parents today and they should all be very proud of another superb performance on the pitch.

P6 - Tournament Match Report

A cold and drizzly Sunday found the Boroughmuir Mini's down at Prestonpans for the Preston Lodge Tournament this weekend. The P6 pool 2 group found us up against North Berwick, Musselburgh, Watson Warriors and Peebles, which was a tough pool for our development team.

First up was a replay of one of last weekend’s pool matches against Watson Warriors. This was a really hard fought affair which brought out some gritty rugby from both teams, with both teams having chances to win, however it ended up a nil, nil draw.

Second match brought us up against Musselburgh. Again another hard fought match. The players stuck to the task and despite some loose passes and some missed tackles, the players managed to put over 3 tries to 1, for a good win.

The third match was against North Berwick. NB seemed to match us in every department with some good breaks for both teams. A big push up field saw us put over a well deserved score giving us a slender 1 - nil win. Our last pool match was against Peebles Whites, a new team for us. The players seemed to be gaining in confidence to put in a good performance. Some good offloading and support play saw them race to a 4 - nil lead, however, a determined Peebles team clawed back 2 tries, giving us a 4 - 2 win.

This set of results put us through as group winners to face Portobello in the semi-finals. From the off Portobello put in a quick well worked try, which stunned our players into action. A gutsy performance saw BR put together four great moves to come out 4 - 2 winners, and a space in the finals against Watson Warriors (again)!

The final was a hard fought affair, with both teams going 'toe to toe'. First try went our way but later on Warriors put one over to equal the match. This is how it stayed right up to the last seconds, when the Warriors sneaked over to put them ahead and the win. A very good match to finish with and all the
players should be rightly proud of their performances. As ever we have some things to work on, but it's encouraging to see our team dig deep when we need to and play the rugby, we know we can play - a good afternoon's work!

P4 - Tournament Match Report

Preston Lodge was a tournament of highs and lows for the P4s. A straight run of victories through the pool games and a strong showing in the semi-final saw the P4s loose out in the final to Dunbar by a sudden-death 'golden' try: surely the cruellest of ways to lose.

The pool stage began with an edgy game against Watsonians. A tight first half, saw 'Muir open up in the second half and stretch ahead to secure the game. Next came Musselburgh. Again a tightly contested first half saw the boys start to pass the ball around more and deliver some direct running. The product of their labours were a string of well worked tries, taking the game. The final pool game was against north Berwick and followed a similar pattern, 'Muir securing and setting up a semi final against the hosts Preston Lodge.

By this stage some of the boys were feeling the effects of their hard work, but they picked themselves up and got focused. The semi final saw the boys brimming with confidence and a number of them ran in several tries to secure a place in the final against Dunbar. The final was a toughly contested, but balanced game of rugby, with neither side conceding an inch, and with the lead changing hands several times. At the end of full time the game was tied five tries a piece and it was then down to sudden death. Unfortunately for the boys Dunbar got an early advantage and ran in a well worked try. Both Dunbar and 'Muir did the tournament proud with their efforts and it boast well for the fixture with Dunbar next year. The boys were able to hold their heads high even if they were feeling a bit bruised.

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