Although the teams were evenly matched the score-line suggested otherwise with the Reds eking out a 2-0 half time lead. Despite an intuitive run to the try-line by Harry Dunstan
, Stewarts Melville stretched their lead to close 5-1 victors. Madrascals had given away soft tries through loose ball at critical moments. Next up were Edinburgh Accies and some well-disciplined defence and excellent tackling saw Accies take control of the match. Fast, clean ball to their spritely wingers helped them see their way to a half-time lead of 2-0 and though the second half saw a much stronger performance from Madrascals, the final score of 4-1 told the all too familiar story of hesitation and not seizing the ball and the moment. Once again, Harry Dunstan
spared the blushes scoring the only try for Madrascals. The 3rd and final game against Currie was very much, to borrow a footballing cliché, a game of two halves. A towering and strong Currie side made it very difficult for Madrascals to get any decent possession and ran in four tries without reply in the first half. At half time the players confirmed they were keen on making a game of it in the 2nd half. From the whistle the team looked as though they meant business, and they played very positively resulting in an early try which was started by a darting run from scrum-half Jack Eglinton
who fed the ball to left wing. The ball made its way smoothly across field to right wing and after being recycled several times along the way, found Declan Foulkes
back on the left wing who then beat the remaining defenders and scored. The second half was drawn with the final score 5-1 and coaches and players were left wondering once again why it could not have been like that from the start! A great effort at a difficult tournament; plenty to be proud about and plenty to work on. The coaches and players are getting to know which position they are best suited for and at the training ground we can now start to focus the boys on the responsibilities in their positions with the forwards now beginning to realise that they are going to have to do all the work for the backs to score the tries! Forward fitness and drilling them to be less hesitant in securing possession will be the key focus. Some creative moves for the backs will also be on the menu.