Boroughmuir P7: WEEKEND REPORT
Saturday, 21st September: This Saturday the Boroughmuir P7's provided the perfect start to the Boroughmuir First XV game against Kelso providing a guard of honour, along with the P7 Kelso boys for the players to run out to, prior to the start of the main match.
During the half time the P7's from Boroughmuir and Kelso provided a thrilling match, if front of a packed main stand, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats.
A big thanks to all P7 and First XV players for making the day such a good one - a big thanks also to Allan MacKay for announcing the names of try scorers which
really made the day for us!
Sunday, 22nd September - North Berwick Tournament: Today was going to be tough, with teams from Stew Melville, Edinburgh Accies, North Berwick, Haddington
Watsons, Musselburgh and Preston Lodge, competing.
First match in our pool saw us up against a good Watson Warrior Team. The team got of to a great start put in some quick tries through some good passing and great ruck play.
However, the Warriors put together some good passages of play and put in a good score. In the second half both teams played well, with Muir scoring again to win 3 - 1.
Next match was against a spirited Preston Lodge side. PL had some well worked plays, however, the team seemed to step up a gear and put in the big tackles. Some good handling and support saw us put together 8 score and a clean sheet - win 8 - 0.
Our last pool match was against Musselburgh, who were looking for the win. Musselburgh started better and scored first, with Muir just hanging in there and putting in a last minute score to go in at the half time all square. With a Churchill speech from the coaches at half time the team upped the pace and put in two great well worked scores to end the match 3 - 1 winners, which put us into the final against Stewart Melville.
The final was between Stew Mel Lions and Boroughmuir. The whole team went on as giants and lifted their game to play a good Lions team. The teams were evenly matched with good flowing play coming from both sides, which was broken with a lovely intercepted pass by Muir to sprint the length of the pitch to score. Muir go in at half time one up!
The second half started the same as the first half with both teams playing some great rugby. An early break up the wing saw the Lions level the match. Everyone of our players dug in and put up a great effort, with us just missing out on two very close calls for tries, however the match ended all square: draw 1 - 1 and a share of the spoils!
A big thank you to North Berwick for a great tournament on a nice sunny day. A great big well done to each and every Muir player today, who, as the day progressed got better and better, which stands us in a great position for the coming season - we were really proud of you all!
Boroughmuir P6 North Berwick Tournament Report
The North Berwick fixture saw a very positive performance from our P6 players. especially in the tackle, defending as a team and general commitment to the cause.
Game 1 - Muir 3 Watsons 3
Muir P6 were strong from the start with an evenly matched game against Watsons. A draw was a fair result.
Game 2 - Muir 5 Preston Lodge 1
Preston Lodge were up next. Muir kept concentration to win over PL in a game that we were just too strong for a determined opposition.
Game 3 - Muir 0 Musselburgh 3
In the last game the boys competed admirably against a big, physical and well-drilled Musselburgh side
Boroughmuir P5 North Berwick Tournament Report
Tournament Winners - Report to follow
S2 Report - Boroughmuir 32 v 6 Dalkeith
A shortage of front row forwards meant Fraser and Angus R were playing out of position at Dalkeith, so a big thank you to both of them.
Lewis won the toss and opted for downhill with the wind for the 1st third of 20 minutes, the Dalkeith kick off was well taken and returned up to half way, there was then a period of good passing along the line from Boroughmuir without actually going anywhere, not enough depth in alignment made it hard to break through, but eventually the good handling produced a gap and we broke through for a good try, by Lewis, running in from half way. The kick off was well taken again and returned with a more positive response again good handling up to the 22 produced another gap for us to burst through for a converted score. The boys continued to pass well and close down Dalkeith as soon as they looked like getting any momentum. We had to swap Ethan for Seumas and the first thing he did was put in a great clearance kick which was well chased down by Sam and possession fell in to Boroughmuir hands for a great score. 15 - 0
2nd third was uphill against the wind and could have gone either way, Dalkeith came out the more positive, putting in some great tackles and determined to make use of the elements. Good pressure from them saw a great score being achieved in the corner. Boroughmuir replied and managed to run in another 4 scores. 14 - 3
3rd third the Dalkeith boys raised their game and they attacked with a bit more passion, despite stalwart defence they did manage to force a touchdown wide out. Straight back into the fray and a concerted attack by Boroughmuir resulted in a well deserved score. Unfortunately this was the last meaningful action of the match as the ref brought the game to a finish. 3-3
A great performance by the boys, especially the boys that were playing out of position, and a well earned victory, 32 - 6.
Boroughmuir 12 - 5 Watsonians
RHC conceded our league fixture as they couldn’t raise a team. Watsonians who are in the other “A” pool had a bye this weekend so a friendly was arranged to give each team some much needed game time. This was a fine, close and competitive match that really was ideal build up for the remaining league fixtures. Watsonians started strongly and retained the ball well but we managed to pin them back in their half with good defence and quick defensive line speed. A period of pressure down the right touch line by the forwards eventually resulted in a try as Cammy drove over to claim reward for some fine forwards effort. The first half ended 5 : 0.
Watsonians started the 2nd half the stronger and had a good sustained attack down the left, again our defence held firm and eventually Lee ran the ball out of our half. After an evenly matched period Watsonians ran in a try as our defence creaked with some half hearted tackling. The conversion was missed making the score level. Watsonians were lifting their game now and set up a maul which made good ground before we managed to hold it up. Eventually we turned over the ball at a scrum and the ball went out to the back line where Iain put Grant into a gap which he exploited to run in a score, Iain converted giving us a 12:5 lead. With only a few minutes remaining Watsionians launched a series of attacks and credit to the team for raising their intensity and repelling the onslaught, it was a nervous last few minutes but eventually we won a penalty and Lee hoofed it in to touch to chalk up our first win against Watsonians.
Final score; Boroughmuir 12 : Watsonians 5.