Murrayfield Hosts Top Young Talent

Currie take on Dumfries in the National under-18 Youth Cup Final at Murrayfield Stadium tomorrow (Monday 26 April, kick-off 7.30pm).

Both sides feature a host of youngsters with whom the experience of losing a Murrayfield final will be all too fresh - Currie as the losing finalists in the 2008/09 under-18 final and Dumfries, who will field a maturing crop of youngsters promoted from the side that lost last season's under-16 cup final on the same stage in the same season.

Currie take on Dumfries in the National under-18 Youth Cup Final at Murrayfield Stadium tomorrow (Monday 26 April, kick-off 7.30pm).

Both sides feature a host of youngsters with whom the experience of losing a Murrayfield final will be all too fresh - Currie as the losing finalists in the 2008/09 under-18 final and Dumfries, who will field a maturing crop of youngsters promoted from the side that lost last season's under-16 cup final on the same stage in the same season.

Having come through the opening round of the competition with two comfortable home wins over fellow Lothian sides Portobello (39-7) and Ross High (56-0), Currie travelled to Bridgehaugh where they exacted revenge on last season's cup winners, Stirling County (11-8).

The win over County was the first of three hard fought away wins, with the side beating Musselburgh 12-6 at Stoneyhill before confirming their place in the final with a win over Aberdeen Grammar (22-10) at Rubislaw.

With the under-15s crowned as cup winners in February and the 1st XV currently top of Scottish Hydro Premier 1, under-18 team manager, Bob Ormiston, was keen to underline the strength of the club's development throughout.

He said: "There's a been a good buzz about the club this season: the 2nd XV have won promotion, the thirds won their league, and our cup winning under-15s play in a league decider today, so there's a lot going on at the club.

"For me tomorrow's final is the pinnacle of under-18 club rugby. Any time you get the chance to play at the home of Scottish Rugby is tremendous.

"The outstanding memory from last season is that, credit to Scottish Rugby, it was just such a great occasion. The boys learned a lot last in last year's final and it's important that we now put that into tomorrow night's game."

Nine of the Dumfries XV played in last season's ill-fated under-16 final however, despite their youth, the side has put together a string of fine wins en route to the final.

A clean sheet away against Dalziel in round 1 (31-0) announced the Park Farmers' intent before a defaulted fixture catapulted then into the quarter-finals where they were drawn against a strong Haddington side at Neilson Park.

An impressive 17-10 away win for Dumfries offered the youngsters another shot at the big stage which they took when they defeated Edinburgh's under-18 league champions Boroughmuir (14-7) on home soil.

Dumfries team manager, Alan Graham, said: "Playing on the international pitch last season was great for the players - they loved the idea of seeing their team on the scoreboard and the game being played on the big screens. It's a big occasion in a very big stadium.

"Dumfries is a relatively small club and it's a great advertisement for the club to be here. To do it twice in a row is fantastic for both the club and the supporters - the lads themselves will hopefully be the mainstay of the club for years to come."

DUMFRIES
Jordan Kerr; Taylor Hyslop, Gareth Lipton, Chris Auld, Neil Armstrong; Robert Austin, Scott Steele; Sean Graham, Louis Muirhead, Rory Middleton, Blair Thomson, Chris Wickes, Jamie Graham, Ewan Miller, Callum Templeton
Substitutes
Andrew Ainslie, Martin Green, Bruce Hunt, Dominic Lewis, Scott Costley, Brodie Paterson, Mark Olney

CURRIE (22 to be selected from)
Forwards
Fergus Scott, Aaron Ferguson, Calum Ormiston, Stephen Dalton, Denis Pech, Danny Smith, Ross Wilson, Scott Thomson, Andy Philip, Irving Hastie, Angus Black, Malcolm Peacock, Lloyd Gorman, Grant Williamson, Been Meechan
Backs
Joe Stachan, Ross Buchanan, Scott Mullins, Lewis Watt, Ben Brown, Scott Butler, Ben Shearer, Gregor Porteous, Mike Smith, Mark McWilliam, Murray Halliday, Jamie Girvan, Evan Mills, Mathew O'Neil