Edinburgh Academy 29 George Watson’s College 21
A whirlwind start, in which they scored 24 unanswered points in 17 minutes, enabled Edinburgh Academy to get the better of city rivals George Watson’s College to win the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools under-15 Cup on the international pitch at Murrayfield tonight.
Given the possession and the tempo with which the Academy began the match it spoke volumes for the holders, George Watson’s, that they staged such a stirring fightback.
The Academy opened the scoring in six minutes. Zander Muir’s quickly taken free-kick saw Chris Dean link and centre Jamie Farndale was denied on the East Stand touchline. Yet from subsequent lineout ball Farndale blazed over at the posts for his fellow centre Grigor Brown to convert.
Once again Academy’s alertness from a tap penalty was at the root of their next score. Alex Glashan – later named Player of the Match by Glasgow Warriors and Scotland A back Ruaridh Jackson – probed on the narrow side before dispatching right wing Alex Harris for the score, Brown adding the extras.
The match had reached just 14 minutes old when the Academy notched try number three, again off a tap penalty, with Freddie Smith the scorer following his own dazzling run up the left touchline.
The origins of the fourth try were different – this time from a close-range scrummage – but the execution was just as slick as full-back Robbie Orr carved in.
Watson’s had seen very little ball in that opening period but when they got a foothold in the Academy 22 they exploited it richly, scrum-half Ramsay Young pouncing on a loose ball for their first try, converted by prop Aodon Donnelly. Donnelly crashed over from a scrum then forward rumble for Watson’s second try, adding the conversion for good measure and a half-time score of 24-14 to the Academy.
Watson’s were required to defend stoutly in the early exchanges of the second-half and it was only some nifty footwork and pace from Smith that paved the way for the wing’s second try to again give Academy some breathing space.
Undaunted Watson’s roused themselves anew and it was the Academy’s turn to impress in defence with Glashan marshalling his troops astutely.
Three minutes from time Watson’s lock Matthew Horsman dotted down their third try, centre, Andrew McMillan converting, to end the scoring in a thoroughly entertaining tie.
Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup under-15 final teams
Edinburgh Academy under-15 Robbie Orr; Alex Harris, Jamie Farndale, Grigor Brown, Freddie Smith; Zander Muir, Alex Glashan; Tom Mitchell, Angus Lutton, Josh Haining, Ronan Seydak, Justin Brackenridge, Cameron Simpson CAPTAIN, Chris Thomson, Chris Dean. Subs: Angus Scott, Rory Simpson, Magnus Skirving, Fergus Greig, Davis Catonio, Jonty Bredin, Jamie Hartop
George Watson’s College under-15: Dominic Johnston; Jack Broadley, Andrew McMillan, Pete Ferguson, Chris MacBeth; Euan McKean, Ramsay Young; Sean Sproule, Adam Freeland, Aodon Donnelly, Matthew Horsman, Rhys Jack, Nick Hurn CAPTAIN, Zach Courtney, Ross Blair. Subs: Darren McLuskie, Jamie Gregor, Ross Gregor, James Hassall, Callum Anderson, Giuseppe Pia, Iain Gilmore
Referee: James Matthew (Fettes College)