Boroughmuir P7 Tournament Report
From the start we knew what was coming. Our group B pool had Boroughmuir in with Currie, Melrose and Stirling County - if we wanted a win it was going to be a tough day at the office!
Pool game 1: Boroughmuir Rugby v Melrose: Melrose started playing with some good passing of the ball to the wings, trying to take the ball wide. The players did well to soak up some concerted Melrose efforts and started to show some good technique around the breakdown point, which won us some good ball. The players managed to get some good phases allowing them to score some well worked tries. Boroughmuir win 3 - 0
Pool game 2: Boroughmuir Rugby v Currie: Last year's winners played with a lot of determination, putting in some good passing, with drives up the middle from their big guys. Our attention and strength at the breakdown was winning some good ball which allowed us to get the ball out to our speedy wings, where we were able to exploit some holes in the Currie defence. It was a tight game
with good play coming from both sides, however, in the end the Muir players held their defence and came out ahead. Boroughmuir win 2 - 0
Pool game 3: Boroughmuir Rugby v Stirling County: Muir started off well and put together some great passages of play against a well drilled County team, which saw us take the lead at half time.
County came back with their big players through the middle, which we had some trouble in stopping. However, a last minute SC effort was thwarted by some very determined Muir players to end the game. Boroughmuir win 3 - 2
Semi-final: Boroughmuir Rugby v Gala: Having won the pool group, we had a semi final against Gala. There was some good passing play and runs from Gala, but Muir were too strong in nearly all areas. This set up good attacking positions and didn't give Gala any time to respond. A last minute break up the Gala blind-side saw Muir touch down for a convincing win.
Boroughmuir win 9 - 1
Final: Boroughmuir Rugby v Stirling County: The earlier win against SC, was obviously driving the County players on, and they presented an early threat with some good play up the middle.Our tackling wasn't as clinical as previous, as the players tired, which allowed the County runners to stay on their feet and sustain their attacks, and take them 2-0 up at half time. The players dug deep, and racked up two scores but a last try by County won them the game and the tournament. Boroughmuir lost 2 - 3
All in all, the players can feel rightly proud of their achievements. Some great rugby was played by all and it was great to see that fighting spirit. We have some things to work on, but there is a lot of positives that can be taken too. Well done to all the team, and here's wishing that all our injured make a speedy recovery! Thanks to Biggar for a great last tournament for us, and someday it might be sunny as well as warm down there!
Boroughmuir P6 Tournament Report
P6 travelled to Biggar for the first fixture of the season happy that for once the sun was shining
First up Currie who started the game with a surging run and despite some big tackles opened up the scoring. Muir responded with a well worked run that spilled just at the last and unfortunately Currie took advantage. The game continued to be controlled by Currie who put in some great plays winning 5 – 0
Next came Stirling in which Muir seemed to find their feet a bit more demonstrating more tackling and some determined running. The ball was starting to go out wide and Muir managed a couple of scores. However Stirling ended up eventual winners at 5-2
Muir faced Gala A for the last match which turned out to be our best performance. The game was end to end with Muir putting up more of a defence in the tackle. Muir also were starting to off load to their advantage which led much more confident play. Honours even in the end at 3-3.
As the day went on Muir were putting in more tackles and were getting much better at support play so some good stuff to build on.
First fixture with the new P6 rules including scrum and kicking saw all the players putting in a lot of effort. Despite the results, everyone had really enjoyed their afternoon. One exception perhaps being Callum Marjoribanks who spent most of the afternoon and evening on a precautionary trip to A&E with suspected concussion. Callum was eventually given the all clear by the docs so will be back, flying down the wing in no time.
Boroughmuir P5 Tournament Report
Our P5's retained the Trophy they won last season at P4.
Well done on a fantastic performance again.
Report to follow....
Boroughmuir P4 Tournament Report
Report to follow