Earlston High School Claim Under-18 Plate

Earlston High School have concluded the under-18 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Plate competition at Murrayfield with a win over Carrick Academy.

The match was played in front of a 500 strong crowd, who were treated to nine tries which were scored between the two teams. The match ended 33-22 to the Borderers.

A hat-trick and man-of-the-match performance from Earlston centre, Connor Spence, was the decisive factor which ended Carrick’s hopes in their first ever national boys final.

Earlston High School head coach, Malcolm Changleng, said: “I’m so pleased we won the Plate. It ends a good run of games in the competition where some quality rugby has been played.

“Both teams competed in good spirits and hats-off to Carrick who stuck the match out right to the end.”

The winners scored five times with each effort, bar one, successfully converted by stand-off Ben Chalmers. Chalmers also scored a try and was joined on the scoreboard by Spence, with his hat-trick and centre Luke Riddell.

For Carrick outside centre Michael Green showed some creative flair in the midfield which led to a number of their scores, as well as getting his own name on the board. The other three tries were scored by prop Murray Kerr, full-back Lewis Clark and winger Aiden McCartney. Green added one conversion on the night.