Watson'S Win Sets Up City Derby 15S Final

George Watson’s College will take on Edinburgh Academy in the under-15 final of the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup on the international pitch at Murrayfield Stadium on Wednesday 18 March (kick-off 6pm).

The Academy made it to the final in style with a ten try 67-0 victory over North Berwick at Newfield in which outside-centre Jamie Farndale ran in four tries.

George Watson’s College will take on Edinburgh Academy in the under-15 final of the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup on the international pitch at Murrayfield Stadium on Wednesday 18 March (kick-off 6pm).

The Academy made it to the final in style with a ten try 67-0 victory over North Berwick at Newfield in which outside-centre Jamie Farndale ran in four tries.

Wing Freddie Smith bagged a brace while Alex Glashan, Chris Thomson and Fergus Gregory all dotted down in the rout while a forward rumble resulted in the first of the tries – loose forwards Thomson, Chris Dean and Cameron Simpson linked well with the backs throughout to great effect with lots of well worked offloading play.

In the other semi-final George Watson’s College were given a much tougher test as they saw off Glasgow outfit Hutcheson’s Grammar.

Watson’s Rhys Jack was the first on the scoresheet following a series of pick and drives just inside the five metre line, the young lock crashed over to score the unconverted try.

Chris MacBeth then added the Edinburgh side’s second with a scything run to score underneath the posts which front-rower Aiden Donnelly converted.

After the break, Hutcheson’s were thrown a life line when centre Matthew Henson intercepted a loose pass to dot down under the posts before a brace of unconverted tries from lively Watson’s scrum-half, Ramsay Young, sealed the 22-7 victory, setting up the local derby at the home of Scottish rugby.

The Bell Lawrie Scottish School’s Cup final will take place on Wednesday 18 March at Murrayfield stadium (under-15s kick-off at 6pm, under-18s kick-off at 7.30pm)

The Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup under-18 semi finals:
George Watson's College v Fettes College, Tuesday 10 March, Myreside (kick-off 7pm)   
North Berwick v Stewart's Melvilles College, Tuesday 10 March, North Berwick High School grounds (kick-off 2pm)

• Entries for the 2008/2009 Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup have set another new record with 35 more teams entering Scottish Rugby’s flagship schools competition than ever before. 
• The tournament has broken entry records for the past three consecutive years with the total number of competing teams soaring from 184 in 2006/2007 to 244 in 2008/2009 – a massive 33% increase.
• Investment manager Bell Lawrie, due to re-brand as Brewin Dolphin next month, is to extend its sponsorship of the Scottish Schools Cup to include a girls’ competition.
• The new three-year deal will see the partnership with Scottish Rugby extended until 2012 and will adopt the new title ‘The Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup’.