Shield & Plate Competition Boroughmuir Under 18’s
By Ron Carr
After losing the semi-final of the Under 18 National cup game, the Muir’s Colts shook their heads, and decided to get on with the next competition – The Shield & Plate.
Arriving at Haddington, the talk was that this was to be the Muir Colts match. After marching along to Haddingtons 5 minute walk away pitch the Colts swung in to their normal warm up regime looking like they wanted the match to get started.
And start it did with the ball thudding along close to the Haddington 22 where both teams fought for possession, but Muir won this and Jack Hamilton, scrum half, went over for a quick try. At the restart, Muir took the ball, and into the arms of the forwards it went who then rumbled up the pitch.
Releasing the ball to the backs, the ball quickly went through their hands with Johnny Goldring running in another pretty quick try.
Haddington though didn’t give up and held Muir for some time before the Muir forwards started rucking the ball with some ease, releasing it again to the backs where the flying winger, George Archibald, ran in his try.
At the restart, Haddington came at Muir, running them up into Muir’s 22 and held them there for a quite a while, but Muir’s forwards eventually turned the ball over, and released the backs to go on another run with Jamie Summer, centre, running in his try. Half time came and went.
Haddington never gave up at any point and went in to some good fluid rugby, giving Muir’s colts some room for thought, and in fact, were rewarded by going over Muir’s try line. Muir’s forwards took the restart and again rumbled up field with Michael Henry, prop, looking like he would give his own backs a run for their money, such was his fluid running style.
Muir’s backs were tackled time and again but managed to hold on to the ball until eventually the ball went to the nuclear bulldozer, Connor McCormack, who ran in his try. Shortly after this Muir’s backs were again in full flight towards Haddington’s 22 with Jamie Summer running in his second try.
Haddington’s colts held on and continued to give fight to Muir but Muir’s backs were on one of their rolls with Lewis McSporran running in a try from the flankers position, then with Johnny Goldring running in his second try and with Craig Hunter, who had moved from flanker into a centre position running in Muir’s last try of the match.
Haddington’s players still never gave up and perhaps deserved more for sticking in, and at the match end the Haddington players expressed their considerate and selfless behaviour towards their opponents.
Haddington Colts 7 v Boroughmuir Colts 55
Next match is at Biggar on the 15th February.