Boroughmuir S2: 4 - 30 : Stirling County S2
After the pitches being called off the last couple of Sundays at Meggetland, it was a great to have a home game on a sunny November afternoon.
With a number of players unavailable for the S2's through injury, it was going to be a difficult afternoon for Muir against a usually good and well drilled Stirling team.
Stirling started the game very strongly and soon had their big forwards taking the ball direct to Muir. Boroughmuir showed a lot of determination in the tackle and breakdown area to keep out Stirling. Eventually the line was broken after a couple of missed tackles and the conversion followed. Stirling applied a lot of pressure in the first half, moving the ball well but the Muir defence were working hard. 3 further tries came before half-time with Stirling managing to get past the first tackle and get beyond the gain line to cross the try line and taking the lead in to the second half.
1st Half (0 - 15)
Muir came out stronger in the 2nd half and had some good early pressure. After some good phases the ball was passed out to the wing to round the last defender and over the Stirling line, with an excellent conversion from wide out.
Stirling were getting numbers quicker to the breakdown and just that bit more physical enabling them to turnover ball, when Muir had possession and going forward. This enabled them to get numbers outside to break tackles for a couple of scores out on the wing.
A good kick ahead with the last play of the game from Stirling brought the last try, with the ball bouncing nicely into the advancing Stirling player to run in under the posts..
Final Score (4 - 30)
A good performance from a big Stirling side and Muir were made to work hard all game, which they did and never gave up for the whole 50minutes. Muir will be happy with their performance, considering the number of players missing, and was a good afternoon for player development and seeing how they are progressing against the top teams.
Boroughmuir S2's would like to thank everyone who came to support and to Stirling County for another competitive and well played game. We would like to give a special mention to Joni Hare (Boroughmuir Senior Player) who volunteered to referee at very short notice and did a great job with the whistle.
Next game away to Perthshire on Sunday 7th December.
Boroughmuir S1: 17 - 8 : Stirling County S1
This Sunday saw us take on Stirling County for a second time down at a dry but cold Meggetland. This ended up being a bruising encounter with the two teams 'locking horns' in a game which saw some physical encounters. The County team were better at the ruck than us, which caused a number of problems for us. However, it did bring out some good tackling from the Muir players. Some good handling and quick passing saw Muir touch down for four tries and two conversions in the first half for no reply. The second half saw County come out and score two converted tries, but Muir came back and to score a second try. At the final whistle Muir had held on for a good win against a spirited Stirling County side.
Every game takes on a different character, this one was physical and demanded all of the Muir players to participate - no place for 'shrinking violets!' In games like these we need to show greater control an learn how to play an opponent, through fair, clever play, rather than go 'head to head'. Again good effort shown by all the players and a good overall team performance. Thanks again to our travelling support and to SC for making the journey down.