Madras Rugby Club

Madras Rugby Club

Melrose Mini-Tournament

by Jonny Fraser

Madrascals P6s travelled through snow to get to the Melrose Mini Tournament on Sunday.

A cold, damp atmosphere greeted them but that did not affect their attitude to the first game against Biggar. Strong in defence and slick in attack, some skilful ball play using the length of the attacking line allowed Robert Sparks to open the scoring. Continued pressure saw tries from Harry Mercer and Euan Dawson complete a well worked 3-0 win. Langholm were the next opponents and the boys continued where they left off with excellent ball control through several phases, resulting in tries for Luthais Dobson and Gregor Stirling. Harry and Robert added further tries with a last minute consolation try from Langholm completing the boys’ 4-1 win. Hawick were the final pool group opposition and for almost 10 minutes the game remained without score. For much of the game Madrascals were putting Hawick under immense pressure on their own line and only strong defence and bad luck prevented Madrascals scoring on more than one occasion. With the last play of the match a loose ball on Madrascals’ line was scooped up and touched down to allow Hawick a lucky 1-0 win. Madrascals had only 2 tries scored against them which underlined their efforts in tackling, rucking and controlling the ball. A semi-final place against Kelso was reward the boys’ efforts and again the determination of the boys to get to the final showed on the pitch. Kelso, however, opened the scoring and were 2-0 up before a try by Jack Eglinton saw the boys back in the game, closing the first half 2-1 down. The second half continued at pace and with some intelligent passing saw the ball quickly fed out the wing for Luthais to touch down the equaliser. With a place in the final so near, it was with disappointment that a late try was conceded to allow Kelso to go through to the final winning 3-2. Another fine day of rugby and some exciting play from the boys – well done!

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