Nine-Try North Berwick Win Under-15 Bowl

North Berwick ran in nine tries to win the National Youth Under-15 Bowl 17-61 at Lasswade on Sunday.

Five converted tries in the opening 15 minutes, including a hat-trick from winger Thomas Salisbury, put North Berwick comfortably in the lead despite Kirkcaldy threatening towards the break.

Claims for the match-ball heighted in the second as North Berwick registered a second hat-trick to before a try a-piece ended the day's scoring and the match.

North Berwick ran in nine tries to win the National Youth Under-15 Bowl 17-61 at Lasswade on Sunday.

Five converted tries in the opening 15 minutes, including a hat-trick from winger Thomas Salisbury, put North Berwick comfortably in the lead despite Kirkcaldy threatening towards the break.

Claims for the match-ball heighted in the second as North Berwick registered a second hat-trick to before a try a-piece ended the day's scoring and the match.

North Berwick capitalised from the first penalty awarded in the game, just three minutes after kick-off, which they kicked into touch at the 5m line.

After securing the lineout they drove over the line with prop, Dylan Sibblad, making the touch-down and stand-off Henry Slater adding the extras, 0-7.

Straight from kick-off, North Berwick, attacked up field and a kick deep into the Kirkcaldy 22 and snatched up by North Berwick wing Thomas Salisbury to score. Slater made the conversion to double the team’s tally after just five minutes, 0-14.

A few minutes later North Berwick struck again.

Kirkcaldy attempted to kick for touch but it was kept in bounds by North Berwick and the counter-attack spun the ball to the opposite wing, Salisbury on hand once more to finish the move while Slater made it three from three, 0-21.

Salisbury then completed his hat-trick when a clean lineout saw the ball shipped out to his wing once more. Slater slotted conversion number four and North Berwick were comfortably in the lead, 0-28.

Despite the scoreline, Kirkcaldy never gave in, their efforts personified by the run into North Berwick territory back-row Calum Adams who broke the defence, supported by scrum-half David Anderson.

A penalty was awarded at the next break down and Kirkcaldy opted for the quick tap, set up the ruck and drive to allow number 8, Billy Dineen, to register the team’s first try

While Connor McLeod, was not able to add the extras to Dineen’s try, the second-rowmade amends as he scored and converted a try of his own, 12-28.

However, North Berwick rediscovered their killer instinct to put an end to a Kirkcaldy first-half fight back full-back Ruaraidh Smith crossed the whitewash for his side’s fifth.

Slater’s boot was once again on the mark.

HALF TIME: Kirkcaldy 12 -15 North Berwick

North Berwick came out all guns blazing and, just four minutes into the second-half, Smith and Slater combined for the converted score once more, Slater making it six from six before hat-trick hero Salisbury who broke away into the Kirkcaldy half before sending the ball out to fellow wing Harvey Elms to score.

Slater uncharacteristically missed the conversion, 12-47.

Up to the last five minutes both teams battled between each others’ 22 without a score until Smith’s broke the deadlock when he zig-zagged through the Kirkcaldy defence to score his side’s second hat-trick of the day right under the posts before running in his fourth of the afternoon.

Slater converted his eighth conversion from nine attempts Kirkcaldy prop Ricky Watt scored a consolation from a pick and go however Connor Collins could not convert.

FULL TIME: Kirkcaldy 17-61 North Berwick