Argyll Schools lost out in the Quarter Final of the National Bowl competition with a narrow 19-15 defeat to Firhill High from Edinburgh last Friday.
The home side took an early lead with Rory Tait combining well with fellow back rower Magnus Bradbury at the back of a scrum resulting in Bradbury scoring the first try of the afternoon.
Argyll led 5-0 but Firhill hit back soon after with a score of their own to level at 5-5, the missed a shot at goal, the result of a penalty.
Firhill continued to press before half time but were denied by a superb try saving tackle from Ruaridh Aitken allowing Stand Off Ciaran Whyte to eventually clear the Argyll lines.
The first 2o minutes of the second half saw no notable passages of play with both teams failing to put pressure into points.
Argyll went ahead after 65 minutes with a try from Oban’s Alistair Fothergill. A quick penalty was taken beneath the posts and passed quickly to ‘Foggy’ who found himself with a short run to the line clear of any defenders. Whyte was again unlucky with the conversion and Argyll were leading 10-5 with 15 minutes of the game remaining.
Firhill however hit back with a converted score to lead 12-10 while Mull’s Stuart Tomison scored the try of the game with a superb finish out wide that meant Argyll again took the lead at 15-12 with time running out.
Luck proved not to be on Argyll’s side with Firhill scoring at the death and despite a huge effort in the last few minutes Argyll could not rescue the game.
Final Score – 15-19.