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Courage at Crieff

6 months ago By Duncan Simpson

The Crieff Tournament began on a rainy day but finished bathed in glorious sunshine and some wonderful rugby from the Glens Minis

Glenrothes made the pleasant trip to Crieff on Sunday where they were to be met by a number of teams from private schools who play their mini rugby four or five times a week. Thankfully this did not deter Glenrothes who provided some of their best rugby of the season.

The Micros performed brilliantly considering their numbers were depleted but the four Glens Micros, with the help of two from Perth, were able to win two of their three games. Coach Marc Griffin said, "Each of them played extremely well; they were calling for the ball and then using the space. Really proud of them and looking forward to Sunday's tournament."

The Glens P4-5s were without a couple of key players but even when he wasn't playing Euan Robertson managed to get his dad out of bed to go to Crieff to support the team! Coach Robert Sandilands said, "They did a great job with good tackling, good offloading and good rucking that led to a semi-final. Well done team!"

In the P6/7 age group Glenrothes took nineteen players who were split into two teams. We could have just played one team but the newer players would not have got the all-important game time that they needed to progress. Coach Mickael Mauny took the less experienced team and despite a number of the players being relatively new to rugby they performed really well, scoring some excellent tries. Indeed Mickael was heard to be getting very excited at times during the matches and that doesn't happen too often!

The other more experienced team were under the guidance of Jock Findlay and played some of the best rugby that Glenrothes Minis has seen all season. Their first match against Crieff was filled with flowing rugby and a 6-2 victory against a team that Glenrothes have not beaten in recent years at this level. Their second match was always going to be tougher against another team they've not beaten, McLarens. It was a really tough battle with neither side giving much quarter and the small Glenrothes pool having to nurse some minor injuries along the way. With just a couple of minutes to go Glens were leading 6-4 but lack of subs showed as McLarens scored two late tries to level the scores.

The next Glens opponents were another private school Ardveck and Glenrothes had to take to the field for back to back games which took its toll as the team lost. This meant that Glenrothes had to play a 'sudden death'five minute play-off against McLarens to see who would go through to the finals and with weary legs Glenrothes lost 2-0. None of that, however, should take away from a great performance and one that will give the coaches a great deal of satisfaction.

Updated 19:01 - 19 Jul 2018 by Sheila Beare

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