The North Schools U18 Cup final took place at Gordonstoun School on a lovely spring afternoon on a pitch in very good condition despite the lately atrocious weather. The teams were piped onto the pitch, where a good crowd had assembled to watch the game.
It was a very close, high pressure game, all the way to the final whistle.
Both sides were extremely determined and defended strongly, and the lead changed hands several times. Gordonstoun camped-out in Gordon’s 22 for the last 10 or 15 minutes. In the end, however, Gordon’s claimed the victory 17-13 with a hotly disputed try, and retained the Cup.
Gordonstoun’s points came from tries by Hamilton Burr and Fraser Simpson, along with a penalty by Dylan Marshall.
A typical final, the play was a little scrappy and dominated by defence, but both sides were committed, physical, and gave all they had.
At the end of the game, George Whitecross, the Moray district Scottish Rugby development officer, had words of praise for both sides before presenting the Dounreay Cup.
The North Schools U15 final was played at Highland Rugby Club’s ground in Inverness. It was a good neutral venue for schools from opposite sides of Scotland; Plockton on the west coast and Robert Gordon’s on the east coast.
Gordon’s played an open running game, bringing in their backs at every opportunity. Plockton style was more physical, so the contest was fierce.
The game was evenly balanced, and the slightly stronger team won in the end.
Plockton played well but tended to be pulled into the breakdown, allowing Gordon’s to create four line breaks which they exploited each time to score a try. Plockton only managed to cross the Gordon’s line once but were unlucky not to score on a number of other occasions.
Plockton’s try was scored by Fraser Jones and converted by Fergus Dobson.
Robert Gordon’s tries were scored by Ruairi Lukins (2), Luke Simpson and Clark Geddes. Two of these were converted by Ruairi Lukins.
At the end of the game, Brian Bell, the Scottish Rugby development manager for the Highlands and Islands, praised both sides for a game well worth watching, and presented the Learning Centre Quaich.