Strathie U18s storm to 9 try performance
Strathmore U18s won their eighth game out of nine with another strong, confident performance against a useful Crieff & Strathearn side. The Strathie side remain top of the Midlands league.
Playing into a gale for the first half, Strathie where camped in their own half on a few occasions due to the wind. However, they defended well in these early stages gradually building their strong driving play and excellent support play. Ewen Hart powered over for the first try closely followed by a fine try by Mark McQueen. Crieff then kicked through for a try against the run of play. However, quality driving play by the pack and excellent passing by the backs secured a try in the corner for Conor Howden.
The second half saw Strathie dominate the game with the whole team playing with real cohesion and showing excellent continuity between backs and forwards. Thomas Watson and man of the match Lee Alexander were in outstanding form closely followed by Andrew Coupar and the driving play of Ben Fotheringham and Scott Strachan. Scott Strachan opened the scoring in the second half closely followed by Fergus Mitchell storming over in the corner. The third try of the half by Calum Campbell was a quality try as the ball was passed accurately at pace from one side of the pitch to the other. Scrum half Cameron Stewart then nipped in for a try showing great feetwork. A backs move from another powerful scrum saw Struan Robertson dummy Christian Taylor to send Mark McQueen between the posts for an impressive try. The final try saw Struan Robertson dive in at the corner after quality offloads and support play by close to the full team.
Mark McQueen kicked five conversions.
Strathmore U18 squad v Crieff & Strathearn:
Calum Campbell, Tegan Gibson, Conor Howdon, Mark McQueen, Christian Taylor, Alex Milne, Struan Robertson, Cameron Stewart, Connor Blackmore, Ben Fotheringham, Daniel Cashley, Kevin Hood, Ewen Hart, Andrew Coupar, Fergus Mitchell, Thomas Watson, Lee Alexander, Scott Strachan.