Students Pass Final Exam

Aberdeenshire 0, Edinburgh University 15

Edinburgh University lifted the Bowl title at Murrayfield this afternoon after a closely fought final against Aberdeenshire on the international pitch at Murrayfield this afternoon.

 

Aberdeenshire 0, Edinburgh University 15

Edinburgh University lifted the Bowl title at Murrayfield this afternoon after a closely fought final against Aberdeenshire on the international pitch at Murrayfield this afternoon.

Victorious captain, Jamie Clegg, said: “We really had to put in a big performance today because Aberdeenshire really made it hard for us. I’m really proud of the players.

“I’d like to thank the coaching staff and all our supporters who came down to make this really special day for us.”

Both sides started the game with physicality at the forefront as they battled hard for territory and possession. With such desire to make and impact in the opening exchanges, the ball rarely left the midfield area.

It wasn’t until the 13th minute that a serious attacking threat was imposed and it came from ‘Shire. The Aberdonians kicked ahead but their final scoring attempt was touched down over Edinburgh’s line by fullback Matt Bennett.

On the half-our, Edinburgh injected some spark into the game as outside centre James McTurk broke through and chipped ahead. His kick was covered by his opposite man, and touched down over the line to give the varsity side another shot at glory.

Their second effort was held up but it was third time lucky as man of the match Tom Clarke received a short pass right and stretched over for the opening points of the game. Ian McGhee converted.

McGhee then had a penalty opportunity in the final seconds of the half to take them into double figures, but he hit the right post.

The threat was finally dispersed as Edinburgh were penalised for holding onto the ball and ‘Shire duly cleared their line signalling the end of the half.

Half-time score: Aberdeenshire 0, Edinburgh University 7

The second half continued in the same vain as the first as both sides struggled to convert pressure into points, Edinburgh University always having that extra cutting edge over their opponents.

McGhee eventually slotted a penalty from 22 metres out in the 64th minutes to stretch Edinburgh’s advantage and Aberdeenshire responded to the call to action.

The Aberdonians mounted some exciting and creative attacks through stand-off Stefan Cole.

But Edinburgh sealed the win right at the death when a loose ball wasn’t secured by ‘Shire and Matt Bennett pounced to grab the five points. McGhee missed the conversion.

Man of the Match: Tom Clarke (Edinburgh University)

Aberdeenshire: Michael MacLugash; Steve Penny, James Broadribb, Alex Moore, Robbie Anderson; Stefan Cole, Gary Leith; Andrew Sutherland, Shaun Mountain, Steven Cook, John Mason, Rory Chalmers, Craig Livingston CAPTAIN, Josh Selby, Andrew Cook
Replacements (all used): Matthew Christie, James Baxendale, Malcolm White, Russel Hempsey, Tim Condon, Duncan Coull, Mike Roulston

Edinburgh University: Matt Bennett; Michael Johnson, James McTurk, Tom Clarke, Rick Wright; Ian McGhee, Jean-Paul Stichbury; Chris Corry, Adam Howie, Johnny Crombie, Phil Lucas, Henry White, Pete Service, Jake Kennedy, Jamie Clegg CAPTAIN
Replacements (all used): Greig Douglas, Matt Payne, Mike MacDonald, Stephen Knox, Jamie Doubleday, Ben Lyons, John Geddie