Earlston Lift Under-15 Brewin Dolphin Bowl

Earlston High School won the Brewin Dolphin under-15 Scottish Schools' Bowl with a 29-19 win over Linlithgow High School composite on the Murrayfield back pitches last night (19 April).

Despite the composite school getting off to the perfect start with an early breakaway try from Lewis Herdman, Earlston kept their cool and clawed back the tie with four first-half scores from open-side flanker Richard Taylor, wing Richard Black and blind-side flanker Andy Robertson - followed by the pick of the bunch from wing James Park, just one minute from time.

Earlston High School won the Brewin Dolphin under-15 Scottish Schools' Bowl with a 29-19 win over Linlithgow High School composite on the Murrayfield back pitches last night (19 April).

Despite the composite school getting off to the perfect start with an early breakaway try from Lewis Herdman, Earlston kept their cool and clawed back the tie with four first-half scores from open-side flanker Richard Taylor, wing Richard Black and blind-side flanker Andy Robertson - followed by the pick of the bunch from wing James Park, just one minute from time.

The lofty winger cleanly collected a high ball at the touchline of his own 22 and made chase after he hoofed the ball straight downfield deep into Linlithgow territory.

Then, on the opposite 22, Park collected the ball off a kind bounce to run in the score behind the posts. Stand-off and captain Richard Taylor added the conversion.

HALF TIME: 24-7

Linlithgow's second-half game plan leant much more towards their strengths in direct running and, while they had much possession in the second-half, their two scores from scrum-half Gregor Campbell and wing Kieron Faules came either side of a fifth Earlston try from inside-centre Connor Spence to ultimately hand the tie - and the trophy - to the Borders school.

FULL TIME: 29-19

EARLSTON HIGH SCHOOL
Russell MacKay; Fraser Black, Bruce Dickson, Connor Spence, James Park; Richard Taylor CAPTAIN, Gavin Wood; Calum Crookshanks, Cameron MacKay, Murray Bryce, Matthew Wardhaugh, Murray Nairn, Andrew Robertson, Fraser Scott, Sam Stewart
Substitutes
Andrew Megahy, Angus Runciman, Archie Ogilvie, Zack Rowlands, Ben Chalmers, Elliot Ruthven, James Conington

LINLITHGOW COMPOSITE
Robbie Thomson; Callum Mittun, Jack Frame, Fraser Mochrie, Kieron Faules ; Ally Kelly, Gregor Campbell ; Stuart Mitchell, Tom Townend, Cameron Dori Muir, Gregor Thomson, David Kowalczyk, Ross Kinnon, Lewis Herdman, Finlay Dunlop CAPTAIN
Substitutes
Ryan Gilles, Andrew Grant, Callum McKeown, John Strachan, Tom Widdowson, Callum Mullen, Michael Crook

Referee: Don McPherson