Lasswade S1: 4 v 53 :Boroughmuir S1
Boroughmuir 53 (Tries: Gavin Inkster 5, Cameron Scott 3, Magnus Tait, Ben Mackintosh, Michael McLeod, Luke Colvin, Cameron Ledingham, Adam Jacques. Con: Ben Mackintosh 11) : Lasswade 4
After the disappointment of the last two games being cancelled, we headed to Lasswade on a glorious Sunday morning with perfect conditions for rugby.
The first third saw us race in to an early lead and found ourselves a couple of tries up in the first few minutes. This was followed by 4 more before the end of the first period to lead by 6 tries to nil (22-0)
The second third was a closer affair, as Lasswade came more in to the game, started to defend much better and had a lot more attacking phases. Another couple of tries for us followed before Lasswade scored a well deserved try with some good support play and then a great conversion from their goal kicker. (30 - 4)
The last third was more like the first, with strong running and support play. A further 6 tries were scored to run out comfortable winners by 14 tries to 1. We looked very dangerous with the ball in hand and when we were going forward but need to make sure we align much quicker after the breakdown to get ready for the next phases. Our rucking was very good and improving all the time and excellent support play created some very well worked tries.
All in all, another great performance with some fantastic rugby and an excellent overall team performance. All credit to Lasswade for never giving up and sticking in right to the end, despite the scoreline.
Lasswade S2: 25 v 10 :Boroughmuir S2
A glorious day for rugby in sunny Lasswade, the pitch was nearly perfect, plenty of lush grass and only a wee bit moisture lying on top.
1st half - Lasswade kicked off and the ball was successfully collected, whilst wondering what his options were the recipient was tackled, spilled ball was picked up and next man was tackled and that was the bench mark set for the day.
The opening exchanges turned out fairly even though with the action taking place between the 22’s and both sides doing their share of attacking. Excellent ball from the scrums was not producing the same results in the backs however, with too many knock ons and unforced errors. This meant Lasswade settled quicker than us and as a result of a poor clearance kick they scored the first try, unconverted. 3 – 0. Unfortunately we did not respond as we usually do and from a quickly taken penalty Lasswade ran in for a second score under the posts, 7 – 0. We know Lasswade have a very quick back in their squad and so far he hadn’t been called in to action but when he did get his hands on the ball he successfully jinked and side step his way along the whole defensive line before running in for another score under the posts. 11 – 0. The rest of the 1st half was played in a very competitive manner with Boroughmuir desperate to get on the score sheet, early substitutions were required by both teams. Luckily we had plenty replacements.
2nd half – Our kick off was well taken by Lasswade and returned with gusto, they had several strong runners, and they broke through for an early score, not a good way to start the 2nd period. 14 – 0. With our injuries multiplying we asked Scott to play out of position in the back row and he made use of his new found freedom almost straight away bursting through several tackle attempts for our opening score. 14 – 3. This gave the boys the boost in confidence they needed and half way into the 2nd half decided to play their best rugby, excellent handling, strong running and good support work created a well taken Finlay D try converted by Euan. 14 – 7. Lasswade responded with a try, 18 – 7, and Boroughmuir responded in turn with another good try of their own, 18 - 10. Lasswade had the last word though through their speedster and big centre they scored the games final tries, 25 – 10.
The ref was excellent throughout and said the only difference in the teams was tackling, a summary none of our boys disagreed with. The early kick off certainly did not suit us and as one of the boys commented, during the warm up, he should still have been in his bed, which might have explained the teddy under his shirt!
Boroughmuir U15/16 Results
Beggar U15 12 - 82 Boroughmuir U15
It was a beautiful late summers day for our visit to Biggar, fantastic conditions for playing rugby. A few injuries had left us a little under strength, especially in the front row and an unfortunate injury during our warm up to our reserve prop left us short. Alex stepped up to play prop and the scrum competed well considering the inexperience. From the kick off we dominated a period of multi-phase play which almost resulted in the forwards combining to gain the first try before Biggar infringed, a quick tap penalty and Cammy drove over for the score. From the kick off we turned over the ball at a maul and as the ball made it out to Lee he made a strong run which Grant finished off nicely. Biggar came back at us and after a succession of drives we conceded a penalty in our 22 which they took quickly and touched down as several of our payers were ambling back - a soft try to concede, lets hope that’s the last time we turn our backs on the opposition! Time to get back in the game, Danish made a good break with another well judged off load to Lee who made an excellent powerful run to the try line. After the restart we got a good ball, from one of our own scrums, out to the backs allowing Lee to make another strong break, good support by Grant and a nice off load to Danish allowed him to touch down. A 5th try was run in by Lee from another scrum and the 6th try of the half resulted from a turnover and break by Grant and well judged off load to put Ewan in space allowing him to stretch his legs and touchdown. We missed a couple of other opportunities with some dropped passes and a 3 on 1 overlap! but worse still conceded another late soft try. The Biggar forwards put together a series of drives which ended as our defence failed to repel the Biggar No 8s as he powered over. Halftime score 12 : 42.
Some good stuff in the 1st half but still room for improvement. Biggar started the 2nd half brightly retaining the ball but not being able to get out of their half. We eventually turned over the ball Iain received it in some space and showed good evasive skills to avoid several defenders and open our 2nd half account with an excellent individual try. Lee claimed the restart and proved too strong as he ran it back to score his 3rd try. The centre pairing was working really well now and a well judged off load by Iain put Grant into space and he ran through the Biggar defence for our 9th try. A brace of trys from Cammy finished off some fine forwards work, one from the base of an attacking scrum after a fine break by Gregor. The last try came after a couple of stoppages for injuries. From the restart scrum there was some good handling and support by a combination of backs and forwards including some good ball juggling by Calum and smart offload to put Grant in space for his 3rd try. Iain’s kicking had been superb all afternoon and he was denied a 100% record as his last kick hit the upright. A fine win in excellent conditions to make it 3 from 3 in the league so far. Still things to work on, but a pleasing result, with 3 trys each for Cammy, Grant and Lee and one a piece for Danish, Ewan and Iain.
Final Score;- Biggar 12 : Boroughmuir 82.
Portobello U16 0 - 47 Boroughmuir U16