Madas take the spoils in Caley Shield encounter.
The Colts travelled to St Andrews on 10 March 2018 in a rematch of the Caley Cup tie earlier in the season.
In atrocious weather, Madras kicked off with the biting wind and rain in their favour. Shire started positively retaining the ball well and making good progress upfield in the challenging conditions. However the inevitable handling errors and crept in preventing any real threats to the Madras try line. The home side were well marshalled by Shire until Madras made the breakthrough scoring the first try after 25 mins. A quick tap penalty was taken after a 5m scrum and the ball was whipped to their left winger to touch down in the corner.
Shire continued to defend gallantly and in the final phase of play in the first half, the Madras stand-off dummied before beating the Shire defenders to score at the posts. Half-time: Madras 12 Perthshire 0.
After venturing back to the warmth of the changing rooms during the break, Shire emerged with all to play for in the second half. The Colts worked hard to gain territory however the freezing conditions made handling extremely challenging and frequent knock-ons killed any momentum building. Despite the conditions, the Madras back line were able to move the ball well at times, breaking out of defence with only good cover tackling by Shire preventing their progress. On 55 mins Madras scored the decisive try. After stretching the Colts down the right flank, a cross field kick was gathered cleanly and with a comfortable 2 on 1 created, a simple score resulted.
A tough day for the Colts however they should be proud of the effort put in all the way to the final whistle. Late pressure by the Colts unfortunately did not lead to a deserved score. Full time : Madras 17 Perthshire 0.
The Colts now move into the semi-final of the Caley Bowl - to be played Sat 24 March 2018.
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3 - Euan. Heroic in defence covering all the pitch from back row and when in the centre. Good metres made ball in hand.
2 - Blair. Several powerful carries, fended well and some nifty footwork !
1 - Jack D. Playing out of position, won good ball at the breakdown. Carried well.