According to the press, our U15 team went to Glasgow on Saturday as favourites, as winning would have meant a fourth successive appearance in the Murrayfield U15 final. Hutchesons’ Grammar School had other ideas.
After just eight minutes, we took the lead with some expansive rugby, which allowed wing Seumas Thomson to score. Stand-off Fraser McKay converted well from a significant distance.
Just before half-time sustained forward pressure from the Hutchesons’ pack provided them with a try, which they calmly converted making the half-time score line 7–7.
In the second-half Watson’s upped the tempo however a well-organised defence weathered the storm until Watson’s gave away a penalty directly in front of the posts, which gave Hutchesons’ the place in the final.
Ally Donaldson, Director of Rugby at Watson’s and U15 coach said, “It was obviously a huge disappointment to lose but the boys couldn't be faulted for their effort. We had enormous amount of pressure in their 22m but just couldn't convert it into points. This was in part due to our rustiness and heroic Hutchesons' defence which their coach likened to Scotland's defence in recent win over Australia. Disappointing and frustrating – but I was proud of the the way the boys handled the defeat and the sporting manner in which they behaved.'