Four-Try Currie Win National Under-15 Youth Cup

Currie put four tries past West of Scotland to win the National Under-15 Youth Cup final infront of a 1589 crowd at Murrayfield Stadium today (24-7).

Two first-half tries from man of the match Duncan Swanson either side of a score from West of Scotland’s Angus Burns put the Edinburgh side ahead at the break.

An early score in the second-half from Currie wing Matt Flett made life difficult for West before a try from replacement back, Nick Pert, in the final minute, guaranteed the win.

Currie put four tries past West of Scotland to win the National Under-15 Youth Cup final infront of a 1589 crowd at Murrayfield Stadium today (24-7).

Two first-half tries from man  of the match Duncan Swanson either side of a score from West of Scotland’s Angus Burns put the Edinburgh side ahead at the break.

An early score in the second-half from Currie wing Matt Flett made life difficult for West before a try from replacement back, Nick Pert, in the final minute guaranteed the win.

The match started at pace with both sets of backs keen to move the ball and test defences with probing grubbers while the forwards were willing and able to repeatedly offload in close quarters.

The first real scoring opportunity came after just seven minutes when Currie showed good hands to ship the ball wide before the ball was slotted through to start a break-neck foot race for the try-line but inside-centre Ewan Smith was beaten to the ball and the West panic was over.

Just two minutes later Currie were back up on the West five metre line courtesy of a great break and leg drive from number 8 Benn Flett, who was brought down just short of the line.

West were penalised at the ruck and scrum-half Swanson took the resulting penalty quick and dove over for the score.

Stand-off Alexander Swan added the extras, 7-0.

However, the Currie lead lasted only five minutes when Angus Burns raced through on another chip through.

The centre over took the last defender and dove on the ball to score before converting his own try to tie the game before another Swanson try put Currie in the lead once more.

The scrum-half underlined his trickiness at the breakdown after the Currie forwards worked the ball deep into West territory.

With the line just metres away, the Swanson faked the pass wide and darted in at the side of the ruck to score at the posts.

Swan made the kick to put his side in 14-7 up at the interval.

Half time: 14-7

With the game so close the next score was going to be crucial and, after just five minutes, Currie took the initiative when wing Matt Flett crossed the whitewash.

Good back play saw the ball spun wide and, with the tackle and ruck formed a few metres in and out from the near side corner flag, quick ball was fed to Flett who dove over at the blind side.

Swan missed the tough kick from out wide, 19-7.

The break neck pace of the game continued throughout the half with defences on both sides having to work doubly hard to keep the opposition at bay.

It wasn’t until the final minute of the match that Currie got their fourth and final score to win the game when Pert was driven over by his pack for the unconverted score at the near-side touch line.

Full time: 24-7

Currie head coach, Mike McWilliam, said: “That was a super match, end to end rugby. Both teams could have won here today.

“The crowd were fantastic and the support from Currie and the surrounding community was just great.

“For the young players to come out and experience a day like today has been fantastic.”

CURRIE TEAM
Scott McWilliam; David Hall, Robbie Wilson CAPTAIN, Ewan Smith, Matt Flett; Alexander Swan, Duncan Swanson; David Watson, Scott Hurst, Robert Vint, Andrew Young, Mike Selalmas, Fergus Greig, Andrew McWilliam,  Ben Flett
Substitutes – James Penny, Craig Murray, Mack Millar, Ryan Bryce, Oliver Connolly, Nick Pert, Euan Carruthers
Replacements – all used

WEST OF SCOTLAND TEAM
Marcus Coats; Blair Smith, Angus Burns, Graham Bryden, Andrew Taylor; Cameron MacKay, Iain Campbell; Mark Vallance, Dylan Dawson, Michael Gibson, Nick Duncan, David Warden, Stuart Holt CAPTAIN, Paul Ramsay, Cameron Gilchrist
Substitutes – Josh Thomson, Marcus Bowie, Craig McGrandles, Bren Halliday, Greg Layden, Mitchel Colley, Callum Brooker
Replacements – all used

Match official – Alex Pratt
Man of the match – Duncan Swanson
Attendance: 1589