Match Report; Glasgow U16 V Edinburgh U16

GLASGOW SCRAMBLE TO LATE VICTORY OVER EDINBURGH Glasgow U16’s played Edinburgh U16’s on Easter Sunday at Stirling County Rugby Club on a sunny Easter Sunday.  Both sides showed good intent to move the ball around in the early stages with Glasgow having the brighter start with a close chance when Bennett broke through the midfield, an excellent cover tackle form the Edinburgh full back stopped the attack on the try line.  Glasgow’s pressure was rewarded as Bennett slotted over two penalties to make it 6-0.  Edinburgh fought their way back into the match, playing with great width – Glasgow’s defence was stretched out wide and Ryan Gray crashed over for Edinburgh’s first try. Half time:  Glasgow 6 – 5 Edinburgh Edinburgh continued setting the pace straight from the restart stretching Glasgow’s defence from touchline to touchline.  Only terrific scramble defence and errors from Edinburgh kept the score the same.  Glasgow rarely escaped from their half, but on both occasions that they did Bennett converted two penalties.  Again Edinburgh exerted terrific pressure and great work from Templeton, Beckwith and Goodrich held the attack inches from the line.  Eventually Edinburgh forced a try through Glasgow’s drift defence - Jamie Farndale crossing over (Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converting) to level the scores 12 all. Edinburgh were straight on the attack from the restart and looked to be closing out the match when Glasgow broke out their half.  From a penalty, Bennett broke through the midfield and out ran the cover defence to score under the posts (Bennett converting) with 5 minutes left.  With minutes to go Edinburgh stretched Glasgow’s defence, but a loose pass was snatched by Beckwith and some fantastic offloading to Robbie Ferguson and David Scott let the substitute stand off score under the posts (Scott converting his try) in the final minute.   Some great defensive effort and clinical finishing made the final score:  Glasgow 26 – 12 Edinburgh. Glasgow U16 Team:R. Hughes, Goodrich, Beckwith, Bennett, G. Ferguson, R. Ferguson, Houston, McQuade, McMillan, Barr, K. Hughes, Templeton, Graham, Singh, Vernell.  Subs: Agnew (for Barr), Campbell (for McMillan), Mulligan (for Graham), Cubie (for Singh), Barnett (for Vernell), Scott (for R. Ferguson), Haynes (for G. Ferguson).