Boroughmuir Rugby S2: 15 - 17: Marr S2's
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Boroughmuir S1 Rugby 34 - 4 Marr RFC S1's
On a bright Sunday morning, nearly all the Youth Section jumped on coaches and headed over to Troon for a day of rugby. While the mini's took part in the annual Marr Tournament, The Muir S1's and S2's headed over to the high school pitches to take on Marr's S1 and S2 teams. With everything set, Muir kicked off to a waiting Marr team. The Muir line move up fast and 'nicked' the ball to go over quickly for the first try. Marr played some good rugby, but was finding it difficult to get any continuity as our defence was moving up quickly. Some straighter running from our back line is something we need to work on, but we managed to get the ball wide the majority of the time which allowed us to run in four tries in the first period.
Second period saw all our players come on and put in some good effort. Our scrummaging and rucking were good today, which allowed us to steal the ball and push the Marr defence back many times, which saw us put in three tries. However, some slack tackling efforts, allowed Marr to run in a try of their own.
The third period saw us regain our composure from two good drives, each resulting in a try. Close after that the whistle went for full time, with the Boroughmuir Barbarians coming out the winners. A lot of good work was done by the team today, especially those 'unsung heroes that are always putting in good bits of play, throughout the game - you guys don't necessarily get the glory, but you thoroughly deserve the praise. Thanks again to all the players who brought a great attitude and enthusiasm to today's game, and well done for maintaining the competitive spirit of the team. Again, some things to work on at training, but great overall performance from you all. A big thank you to everybody who travelled through to support the team. And lastly, a big thank you to Marr for hosting us - much appreciated! Training next week....
Marr Mini Tournament - P7 Report
An enjoyable coach trip to our favourite tournament in the West, where the sun always shines. The P7 games were on the main pitch and the travelling support were treated to some excellent rugby.
Boroughmuir 5 - Dalziel 0.
Boroughmuir were onto their game from the start. Greg scored the first try, after a strong breenge by Hamish. Then Greg worked a nice move down the blindside from a scrum for Matthew to score. The third try had the coaches purring - every member of the team touched the ball (or so it seemed in the absence of video evidence) before Lewis finished. This is the flowing, expansive rugby that the team are trying to play. Dalziel applied some pressure but the Boroughmuir defence held strong and turned over ball for tries by Lewis with a run down the left wing and Greg with a dart into the right corner.
Boroughmuir 0 - Stirling 4.
Boroughmuir made a bright start, keeping possession through good handling and rucking, but couldn't find a way through a strong defence. When Stirling did get the ball they scored a couple of easy tries as we stood off tackles. Boroughmuir rallied and tightened up the defence, but couldn't find a way onto the score sheet.
Boroughmuir 3 - Marr 2.
An early try against Marr provided encouragement - Hamish finished off a move that started with a switch pass. Marr responded to level the score, but Boroughmuir got back into the passing game with an attacking move that put Euan close enough for him to use his strength to score. A break by Hal ended with him stretching out of a tackle on the line to score. We lost a try, which made the scores close, but good tackling by the whole team defended the lead. Just like last year, a close encounter between well-matched teams, with Boroughmuir edging the contest to win.
Boroughmuir 0 - Ayr 4.
The last game had the same pattern as the Stirling game. Ayr were a big side, defended strongly and probed away in attack until they found a weakness to score. Boroughmuir had tired and resorted to individual breaks and support was not quick enough to keep possession.
Overall, the team are developing an exciting attacking style based on evasion and moving the ball quickly through the hands. The players are beginning to look for space and when this works we are scoring some excellent tries. It is nice to see the players having fun - and moves from the Friday training sessions being put into practice. We hope for more of the same at the home tournament next week.