Myreside hosts club v schools showdown

A busy Myreside was tonight (24 January) the setting for a fast-paced match-up between the winners of the under-18 Brewin Dolphin Schools’ Cup and champions of the Scottish Rugby under-18 League, George Watson’s College and Ayr, respectively.

This was the first match of it’s kind, with this being the inaugural year for the Scottish Rugby under-18 League.

George Watson's College captain Ally Miller

Both teams put on a great show, looking to play a very up-tempo and fluid brand of attacking rugby. Some magnificent tries were scored, which judging by the noise coming from the stand, proved pleasing for the appreciative and large crowd. Watson’s were the stronger of the teams on the night, running out as eventual 55-15 winners. 

Scottish Rugby, Head of Clubs and Schools, Nick Rennie, said: “It was great to witness such an open and exciting game of rugby here tonight.

“The match was not about the score-line, but about the spirit the game was played in.

“Ayr knew this would be a challenge and it is admirable that they wanted to play such a strong Watson’s side, hoping to test themselves against one of the top teams in the country.

“Games like this are a great way for teams across the board to improve and I hope that other clubs and schools can take heed of the effort George Watson’s College and Ayr have made in organising such a fantastic fixture.”

George Watson’s College scores’ came from Callum Young, Callum Fox, Ronan Kerr, Kerr Stoddart and Jake Kerr in addition to two tries a piece from Jamie Cousin and Connor Davidson. Young converted four of the tries with Stoddart slotting another.

Scrum-half Jack Preston scored two of Ayr’s tries with centre Ollie Craig also crossing the whitewash.

George Watson’s College team: Jamie Cousin; Ally Davidson, Hugh Ferguson, Ronan Kerr, Callum Fox; Callum Young, Chris Davies; Eddie Irvine, Jake Kerr, Dugald Berezford, Patrick Halliday, Angus Coull, Callum Davidson, Connor Davidson and Ally Miller (captain).

Replacements: Gordon Rostron, Jonny Urquhart, Callum Chalmers, Kerr Stoddart and Robbie Nairn.

Ayr team: Johnny McCorkindale; Ross Gilmour, Ollie Craig, Hamish McIntosh, Sam Gray; David Lynburn, Jack Preston; Brian Kelly, Lewis Anderson, Nathan Gilmore, Craig Stevenson (captain), Owen Gemmell, Ross Hay, Gregor Henry and Callum Hamilton.

Replacements: Ruairidh Sayce, Stephen Naylor, Steward Angus, Andrew Harvey, Michael Manning, Gregor Paxton, Callum Cook, Ross Limond, Stuart Shankland.