Hutchie Hold On To Earn Place In The Final

Hutcheson’s Grammar School held on to a 10-7 lead over George Watson’s College at the Auldhouse playing fields in Glasgow today to put an end to any capital hopes of an all-Edinburgh Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup finals day.

The visitors were first to take the lead after just eight minutes when Watson’s trademark expansive rugby saw the ball spun wide to wing Saunas Thomson to dot down at the touchline.

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Hutcheson’s Grammar School held on to a 10-7 lead over title holders George Watson’s College at the Auldhouse playing fields in Glasgow today to put an end to any capital hopes of an all-Edinburgh Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup finals day.

The visitors were first to take the lead after just eight minutes when Watson’s trademark expansive rugby saw the ball spun wide to wing Saunas Thomson to dot down at the touchline.

Stand-off Fraser McKay struck the conversion well from distance to add the extras, however, moments before half-time, sustained forward pressure from the dominant Hutchi pack saw the impressive number 8, Gordon Campbell, cross for a try.

Stand-off George Swankey kept his composure to make his kick and bring the sides level at the break, 7-7.In the second-half Watson’s upped the tempo and exerted sustained pressure on the hosts however a well-organised Hutchesons’ defence weathered the storm before they earned a penalty directly in front of the posts with which Swanky made no mistake, to take the lead and, ultimately, a place in the final.

The Glasgow school will face Stewart’s-Melville College in the under-15 final at Murrayfield after they went through as the winning away side from a tense 3-3 draw at New Field while their under-18 side came back from 0-3 down at Merchiston Castle School to offer the school a shot at an illustrious cup double.

Stewart’s-Melville College full-back Scott Cook missed two chances to put his side into the lead before Merchiston’s stand-off Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked the hosts into the lead after 20 minutes, 3-0.

Last season over 5000 supporters turned out at the Brewin Dolphin Scottish School’s Cup final.

Like all Scottish Rugby youth and age-grade representative fixtures, admission to the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup final on Thursday 11 February is FREE (first match kick-off 6pm)

The remainder of the half was, for the most part, an arm wrestle between the two teams but, after the break, the visitors came out all guns blazing.

Despite missing a third penalty, Cook made amends for his earlier inaccuracies when he put his side in the lead, scoring and converting his own try to win the game 3-7.

Stewart’s Melville College will go on to face The Edinburgh Academy in the under-18 final after they won the second match of the day at New Field, beating George Watsons’ College 16-15 in a fantastic contest.

Academy stand-off Fraser Gillies missed two early opportunities either side of a George Watson’s College try, scored and converted by Scott Mullins, before he added penalty to his tally to put the visitors 0-10 to the good after half and hour.

Edinburgh Academy were never going to go down easy however and busy scrum-half James Munro collected a high ball superbly and offloaded to the supporting Gillies who offered the ball back inside to outside-centre Ben Brown to score.

Gillies then converted the score before adding a penalty to draw the game at the break.

Fifteen minutes into the second-half Watson’s were adjudged to be offside, offering Gillies another opportunity to put the two early misses behind him with a straight forward kick to put his side in the lead for the first time in the afternoon, which he did.

Their celebrations were cut short, however, when Watson’s prop Chris Scott ran a good support line as the ball was worked across the park. The prop took the ball on in close range and crashed over for the unconverted try, 13-15.

Gillies then entirely exorcised his kicking demons with an effort that sealed the game.

Having missed a speculative drop-goal in advantage, the young stand-off slotted the resulting penalty to transfer the lead back to the hosts who played the game out for the win and a place in the final.

Last season over 5000 supporters turned out at the Brewin Dolphin Scottish School’s Cup final.

Like all Scottish Rugby youth and age-grade representative fixtures, admission to the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup final on Thursday 11 February is FREE (first match kick-off 6pm).

BREWIN DOLPHIN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS’ CUP FINAL, Thursday 11 February, entry is FREE
Under-15 – Hutchesons’ Grammar School v Stewart’s-Melville College, Murrayfield Stadium, kick-off 6pm
Under-18 – Edinburgh Academy v Stewart’s Melville College, Murrayfield Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm

BREWIN DOLPHIN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS’ CUP SEMI-FINAL RESULTS
Under-15

Edinburgh Academy 3-3 Stewart’s Melville College
*Stewart’s Melville College go through as the away team
Hutchesons’ Grammar School 10-7 George Watson’s College
Under-18
Edinburgh Academy 16-15 George Watson’s College
Merchiston Castle School 3-7 Stewart’s Melville College

ROUTE TO THE FINAL

Under-15
Stewart’s Melville College

George Heriot’s (A), St Aloysius College (A), High School of Dundee (A), Edinburgh Academy (A)
Hutchesons’ Grammar School
Marr College (H), Bearsden / Douglas Academy (A), Peebles High School (H), George Watson’s (H)
Under-18
Edinburgh Academy
Marr College (A), Fettes (A), North Berwick High School (H), George Watson’s College (H)
Stewart’s Melville College
George Heriot’s (H), Gordonstoun (A), Strathallan (A), Merchiston Castle School (A)

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