Strathmore U18s playing their third Division One league game of the season, played quality rugby in the Tayside derby v Perthshire. However, leading the game with only 10 minutes to go, the Strathmore team conceded two late tries to lose a game they had thought they had done enough to win.
With a squad of 22 players, the Strathmore team shocked Perthshire with three outstanding tries. The first from Andrew Coupar, playing the best rugby of his career, from first class continuity play keeping the ball off the ground by a group of players with interpassing and offloading. Calum Campbell converted.
Strathmore’s open side Matthew Burgess, in outstanding form whether in the pack or in the backs was next on the score sheet following a midfield lineout which saw the backs move the ball with speed and accuracy through 5 sets of hands to Burgess on the wing who stormed past three players to romp in from half way.
The third try followed play from the pack driving the ball on before it was released to captain Struan Robertson who ‘s pass helped Mark McQueen speed through a gap showing great feetwork. Calum Campbell slotted the conversion.
Perthshire came back into the game with useful driving play kicking a late penalty then the two late tries to win.
The Strathmore U18s were a frustrated outfit at the final whistle, however, they are playing well and are looking forward to their home league game on Saturday v Dunfermline to continue their credible performances.
Strathmore U18s V Perthshire:
Calum Campbell, Murray Angus, Mark McQueen, Jamie Faulkner, Joel Farrell, Struan Robertson (capt), Cameron Stewart, Dhugal Paterson, Paul McGregor, Kevin Rice, Andrew Coupar, Alex Milne, Anthony Franco, Duncan Shaw, Matthew Burgess,
Replacements: Ryan Farquharson, Euan Cox, Conor Howden, Irvine Gartley, Tegan Gibson, Fergus Mitchell, Calum Crompton