Improved performance for P7 …
Muir arrived at Recreation Park with a small but determined squad
Taking to the field against Watsons, Muir must have been struggling with the sun in their eyes as a couple of quick scores were run in before they could even blink.
However as the game went on confidence grew and some well worked passing opened up a gap for a Muir try. After the break Muir continued in the same vein and opened up the scoring. Watsons managed to come out on top as they were much quicker to the ruck and tended to maintain possession but this was really the only difference between the two sides. The hosts were up next and this was probably the strongest Muir game, again managing a try and coming close on a number of occasions, only an outbreak of White Line Fever stopping the ball getting over the line. Throughout the game Muir demonstrated some excellent tackling, but just needed more of it!
The final game of the day was to be against Stewarts Melville. This fixture is always a tough game and today was to be no exception with injuries meaning that North Berwick kindly provided a player to bolster the Muir numbers. All of the Muir players continued to battle throughout the game showing huge effort but their opponents regularly found the overlap controlling the run of play.
This was a much improved performance on last week. Lots of positives from today in that all the Muir players are now understanding the areas that we need to work on which will all improve with time. Well done to Jack who played in his first ever tournament today and also to Greg who was the proud winner of this week's Tackle Trophy.
P6 edge it in North Berwick.. to win again
The North Berwick RFC tournament got off to a hectic start, partly due to the late arrival of at least one coach and the players in his charge (apologies), with our first game being against our local rivals Watsonians. The boys got into their stride after a few creaky moments with the game evenly balanced 1-1, before pulling ahead 4-1 by the final whistle.
Next came the hosts, North Berwick, and the boys were definitely improving, taking the match 6-0 in the end, following a couple of well worked tries and a couple of interception tries. We were straight back on against Stewarts Melville Lions and this game proved a whole different experience. Tight and edgy throughout, the boys went down to an early try before clawing one back and then taking the lead, only for the Lions to score a late equaliser. The game ended a draw, and the boys had a wait to find out where they had placed.
With both Stew Mel and the boys having won two matches and drawn one, giving them 5 points each, it was then based on total tries scored which saw the boys threw to the final against Dunbar. Again it was a tight and spirited game, played with lots of passion on both sides. Boroughmuir took an early lead, only for Dunbar to equalise, but then 'Muir pulled out ahead with a couple of scores. Dunbar came close to scoring a couple of times, but as the clock ran down the boys managed to hold their defence together to record another victory at North Berwick, their third in three years.
Still lots to work on, not least passing and protecting the ball, but on a wonderful late summer's afternoon the medals around their necks were what the boys deserved.