The boys arrived at Goldenacre for Heriots Tournament with nothing to lose and went into their first game against Biggar with Rory Watt and Jude Corns playing their first away game.
Everything the boys had been practicing at training seemed to pay off with good tackling and passing. With Robert Sparks scoring the first try, it was 1 – 0 at half-time. Jack Eglinton and Edward Adamson managed to get two more tries in the second half and despite a couple of large opponents the game was won with a final score of 3-1.
The second match of the day was against Musselburgh and maybe complacency slipped in because there were a lot of missed tackles and turnover ball that could have been avoided leaving Madrascals 0-3 down at half-time. The second half, however, was a different game as the boys found new spirit letting the opposition have only one more try while Robert then Edward again managed a try each to make the final score a more respectable 2 – 4 loss.
The final match was against Heriot Blues on their home ground where, it has to be said, the extra weekly school training sessions showed through while the Madrascals boys showed signs of tiredness and with two subs down poor rucking and scrums lost the day. Despite several turnovers given to Madrascals by the referee due to Heriots aggressive methods of play that included high tackles, handling balls while down, coming into rucks from offside and constantly targeting the ball, the match was unfortunately lost 0 – 8.
A good day though as, with thanks to coach Colin McAdam, discussions were had after every match and the boys were able to identify where mistakes were made and where we need to practice some more. On the whole good passing, good rucking and some good tackles. Credit also to Hunter Parsons as well for frequently leading the charge into the thick of it and using his shoulder to good effect!