Hard fought win for the U16s lifts the spirits in a tough season
The games between these two teams last season were always close encounters so Highland was expecting another tough contest.
After a disappointing time in the U16 league, Highland started this game tentatively. The early exchanges were fairly even but on the tenth minute we were able to feed the ball along the back quickly for Jack Sutherland on the wing to score in the corner. He then doubled his tally shortly after with an almost identical move again scoring in the corner. Confidence was now high, but Ross were able to get three points back from a penalty after an infringement at the ruck. Nerves were settled when just before half time Lyall Archer elected to take a quick tap penalty ten meters out and had the strength to crash over between the posts. Ross Martin added the conversion.
Highland had an early chance to increase the score in the second half when Iain Crush fly hacked a loose ball over the try line, resulting in a sprint to ground the ball between Ross Martin and Ross-Sutherlands full back. With out the benefit of a TMO the referee decided that the full back had got his hands on it first though Ross still disputes this.
Highlands scrum was coming under increasing pressure as the game went on, but with James Murray tidying up at number eight, Ross-Sutherland never gained much of an advantage. James was proving a real handful and scored a great individual try when he ripped the ball from the winger and had the pace to get to the line. With little time left Ross Martin converted one final penalty to bring the scoring and the game to an end.
This was a very even contest in a game played with great spirit from both sides. Hopefully this win will give the Highland players the confidence in their ability to push on in the next round on the 19th of February against Aberdeen Grammar.