George Watson’s College showed this afternoon that they are strong contenders to lift the under-18 Scottish Schools Brewin Dolphin Cup for the second time running, as they comfortably defeated North Berwick High School 50 -3 in the first round of the competition.
Powderhall sprint winner Ben Robbins (pictured below) led the way for the visitors at North Berwick today claiming a hat-trick of tries.
Speaking after the match, Watson’s coach Ally Donaldson said: “We are pleased with the result.
“It’s a difficult place to come and play with the weather conditions and the narrow pitch, so it was a potential banana skin for us today.
“Of course there are aspects of the performance that we could do better at - we could look after the ball a bit better and at times we tried to score a little bit too early, but it’s a good start to defending the Cup.”
Watson’s looked to impose their physicality early on in the match, and prop forward Dugald Berezford did just that, finding a hole in the line of defence and running in for the opening try after ten minutes.
North Berwick showed some resilience early on and were rewarded with a penalty which was kicked from distance by full-back James Harley, closing the gap to 3-5.
Yet that was to be it for North Berwick’s points tally for the afternoon.
Watson’s ran in another two tries before the break through winger, Ben Robbins and scrum-half, Fraser McMillan to extend their lead to 3-17.
They didn’t have it all their own way however, as Watson’s had a player sent to the sin bin on the stroke of half-time, but North Berwick failed to capitalise.
Upon their return to full complement, George Watson’s College came out in the second half and began to turn the screw.
Replacement winger, Robbie Nairn bagged himself a brace of tries and Robert Lind was amongst the scorers, with stand-off, Callum Youngs adding the extras.
Play was soon brought to a close but not before Ben Robbins added another two tries to his tally, making the final score 50-3 to Watson’s.
George Watson’s College march on into the next round of the Brewin Dolphin Cup, whilst North Berwick are still in with a chance of silverware as they are enter into the Shield competition.