George Watson’s College succeeded in ensuring a double victory at Murrayfield tonight in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish School Cup finals.
After the under-16s defeated St Aloysius’ College, the under-18s had it all to play for against a resilient High School of Dundee team, captained by Scotland Under-17 player Christopher Jollands. The score finished 31-17.
The game kicked off with electrifying pace from the Edinburgh team and within the first three minutes, Watson’s were rewarded for their efforts with a slick set piece attack scored by winger, Ben Robbins.
Watson’s, who were praised by Scottish Rugby ambassador, Chris Paterson for having a “good structure to their game”, quickly added a second score. This time Robbins’ fellow winger Robbie Nairn crossed the whitewash.
High School of Dundee followed with a penalty added by centre Duncan Leese.
The score remained 10-3, until moments before the first half concluded, when George Watson’s stand-off, Callum Young dived in for a try. He converted his own score and the half ended 17-3.
The two sides exchanged tries in the second period with Young crossing the line and converting again. High School of Dundee did not give up though and two quick scores followed. First No 8 Brewster White stepped round his man and dived in under the posts, before flanker Ollie Davidson touched down. Their scores were converted by Leese.
White then retired from the match early, sustaining a lower leg injury and was assisted by Scotland and British & Irish Lions doctor, James Robson, who returned to his roots for the evening as he side his schools’ side.
Watson’s then commanded the rest of the game, they patiently worked through the phases and arrived at their opponents try-line and despite some valiant defence from Dundee, full back Jamie Cousin found the gap and sealed the victory and the double for the capital school.
It was also an extra special night for hooker, Jake Kerr, who picked up the man-of-the-match accoladed, awarded by Edinburgh Rugby players, Matt Scott and Stuart McInally.
George Watson's College team: Jamie Cousin; Robbie Nairn, Hugh Ferguson, Ronan Kerr, Ben Robbins; Callum Young, Fraser McMillan; Eddie Irvine, Jake Kerr, Dugald Berezford, Patrick Halliday, Angus Coull, Callum Davidson, Connor Davidson and Ally Miller (captain). Replacements: Jonathan Urquhart, Gordon Rostron, Callum Chalmers, Robert Lind, Chris Davies, Kerr Stoddart and Cameron McMillan.
High School of Dundee team: Jamie Clarkson; Scott Lothian, Ewan Fox, Duncan Leese, Ronan Joy; Marshall MacLeod, Henry Sampson; Adam Powrie, Angus Milne, Akdas Hussain, Callum Sinclair, Jamie Mather, Ollie Davidson, Chris Jollands (captain) and Brewster White. Replacements: Paul Kidd, Calum Bennett, Alex Ashworth, Cameron McCrimmon, Calum Archibald, Calum Hedigan and Rhys Paterson.
Referee: Andrew McMenemy