Boroughmuir under-18 retained the Veitch Cup in dramatic fashion with a try in golden time against Dunbar on the Murrayfield back pitches on Friday night (19-14).
The annual cup competition is held in memory of Edinburgh Rugby and Musselburgh age-grade player Calum Veitch (2011) on a Murrayfield match night in the RaboDirect PRO12, with the Cup and Plate trophies presented at half-time of the club’s 20-13 win over Treviso.
City of Edinburgh Rugby Development Officer, Ruaridh Pye, said:
The quality of rugby showed how strong this competition is becoming.
“The 10-a-side pace of the game allowed the players to test their skills and their ability to function under fatigue, but still allows the big guns to introduce a physical element to remind everyone that it is rugby being played!”
This year saw representation from nine clubs and schools across the Edinburgh Rugby regions, with Portobello, Musselburgh, Trinity Academy, Linlithgow, Leith, Royal High, St Columbas, Dunbar and Boroughmuir turning out.
The teams were split into two pools, with the first and second-placed teams battling it out for the ‘Hearts and Balls’ Veitch Cup and ‘Edinburgh Rugby’ Plate respectively.
In the Cup final Boroughmuir faced newcomers Dunbar in a fine display of abbreviated rugby, which was level at end of regulation time (14-14).
The golden score, extra-time rule was then applied, with the two teams desperately seeking the break that would secure the Cup.
After five minutes of additional play, the space opened for Boroughmuir to capitalise on sustained pressure in the Dunbar 22 to secure the win.
The ‘Edinburgh Rugby’ Plate was contested by between Edinburgh locals Royal High and Trinity Academy, with the high school taking the silverware in normal time (15-0).