St Aloysius' College 8 George Watson’s College 19
George Watson’s won the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools under-16 Cup Final at Murrayfield tonight after an entertaining contest against St Aloysius' College.
The Edinburgh side, also taking part in the senior final, probably had just too much savvy albeit St Aloysius' defended with a physicality which was welcome, particularly by their animated and vocal support.
That bravery was epitomised by their full-back Joe Skivington who departed injured in the second-half after pulling off a series of saving tackles. He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution but his injury was not thought to be serious.
Brewin Dolphin Player of the Match, George Watson’s No 8 Kenneth Drummond claimed a try brace, one score before the interval, the culmination of a close-range lineout catch and drive, the second rounding off an attack sparked by Gregor Tait with a rousing embellisment from hard-working lock Calum Eastwood.
St Aloysius', who had opened the scoring with a penalty from stand-off Liam McHugh, did lead early in the second-half after left-wing Aidan McMillan had romped 75 metres down the east stand touchline to score an interception try.
However, it was the Capital side that finished the stronger with Drummond completing his brace and stand-off Murray Scott adding a third try, both the second-half scores being converted by Fraser Peters.
St Aloysius' College team: Joe Skivington; Andrew McCourtney, Charlie Lonergan captain, Ally McConnell, Aidan McMillan; Liam McHugh, Rory McDonald; Michael Scott, Jonathon Lamont, Michael Sutherland, Ennis McCreadie, Jonathan Scott, Martin Hughes, Fraser Curran and Dominic Kelly. Replacements: Vittorio Vezza, Santino Marchetti, Chris Prior, Nick Querns, Liam Nolan, Callum McKenzie, Chris Clarke.
George Watson’s College team: Gregor Tait; Fraser Cousin, Cameron Macdonald, Oliver Brown captain, Eliot Stanton; Murray Scott, Fraser Peters; Michael Calder, Calum Harris, Ewan Malloch, Calum Eastwood, Rory Evans, Tom Hay, Gregor Nelson and Kenneth Drummond. Replacements: Tristan Hogg, Tristan Weller, Will Wright, Blair McLaughlin, Marcus Kennedy, Alex Wood and Jonathan Davies.
Referee: Daniel Shaw