Second City Derby For Scottish Schools Cup

Stewart’s Melville College will face Fettes College in the under-18 final of the Bell Lawrie Scottish School’s Cup – completing an all Edinburgh finals day on the international pitch at Murrayfield (18 March, kick-off 6pm/7.30pm) – admission is free.

2006 champions Stewart’s Melville College were the first to claim their place in the final with an away win over North Berwick High School in the afternoon.

 Fettes College in action against George Watson's

Stewart’s Melville College will face Fettes College in the under-18 final of the Bell Lawrie Scottish School’s Cup – completing an all Edinburgh finals day on the international pitch at Murrayfield (18 March, kick-off 6pm/7.30pm) – admission is free.

2006 champions Stewart’s Melville College were the first to claim their place in the final with an away win over North Berwick High School in the afternoon.

A Scott Cook penalty gave Stewart’s Melville the lead after 20 minutes before winger Michael Doneghan crossed the whitewash.

Scrum-half Cook added the extras to put them 10-0 up at the interval.

After the break centre Sean Murchie added the visitors’ second, using his blistering pace to race from his own 10 metre line to score, before lock Craig O’Donnell dotted down following a great break and support play from forwards Stuart Shaw and Ben Johnstone.

A Cook conversion followed by a penalty in the closing moments sealed the 25-0 victory.

In the other semi-final Fettes College saw off city rivals George Watson’s College under the Myreside floodlights.

The hosts opened the scoring after just five minutes with a try from back-row Mark Irvine who barged over from inside the five metre line after captain Duncan Finnie made the break. Full-back Jamie Forbes made the conversion.

Twenty-two minutes into the half Fettes replied with two unconverted tries from centre partners Jack Greer (outside) and Stuart Daly (inside) to put the visitors 7-10 up at half time.

With just one minute of the second half played Daly stretched Fettes’ lead with this second of the match. Stand-off Kit Gammell found his aim to seal the 7-17 victory and set up the side’s second successive Scottish School city derby.

The Bell Lawrie Scottish School’s Cup final will take place on Wednesday 18 March at Murrayfield stadium
Under-18: Stewart’s Melville College v Fettes College (kick-off 7.30pm)
Under-15: Edinburgh Academicals v George Watson’s College (kick-off 6pm)

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. Te 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’.