Jed Thistle and Stirling County claim victory at Daily Record Festival of Rugby

Jed Thistle pulled back a ten point deficit to defeat St Aloysiuis’ College 19-10, and lift the Daily Record Festival of Rugby under-18 Cup, in front of a full-house at Scotstoun Stadium today.

This match was the culmination of the under-18 boy’s competition that is played as part of the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s, part of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The Border side’s captain, Craig Cowan, said: “It’s been absolutely excellent to travel through to Scotstoun and win the Cup.

“The atmosphere was electric, unreal even. We’ve never played in front of a crowd like that before.

“It was a good test for us to come up against teams that we haven’t played this year, and a challenge the team enojoyed.”

Calum McNeil and Robbie Douglas grabbed a try a piece for the Royal Blue, with Ben McNeil also crossing the whitewash and successfully knocking over two of his three conversion attempts.

Ally McConnell laid claim to all of St Aloysius’ points, as he bagged a brace of tries.

Stirling County v Ellon, Daily Record Festival of Rugby under-18 Plate

Stirling County lifted the Daily Record Festival of Rugby under-18 Plate, with a 19-12 win over Ellon, in an end-to-end tie.

Stirling County lift the Daily Record Festival of Rugby Plate

The winning side’s head coach, John Gibson, said: “We’ve all had a really good day, playing in the Daily Record Festival of Rugby, and being part of the bigger international sevens event.

“It’s great for a mixture of clubs and schools to come together at this tournament and play against each other, and we’re delighted that we managed to come away with something.

“It’s a brilliant venue [Scotstoun] and the boys are thrilled to have been part of it all.

“Now, we’re looking forward to finishing our day by going in the stadium bowl to watch the world’s players do their thing.”

Stirling County scored three tries through James Gibson, Logan Trotter and Harry Henderson – Trotter adding the extras to his try and Sean Webb also slotting a conversion.

Ellon, travelling from the far north of the country to partake in the tournament, grabbed two scores through Paul Paxton and Kieran O’Brien – the former duly converting his try.

The Daily Record Festival of Rugby will continue tomorrow, on the second day of the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s. There will be a S1 and S2 boys’ competition, an under-18 girl’s tournament and Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities will face-off on the international pitch.

The teams

Jed Thistle squad: Rory Smith, Robbie Douglas, Ben McNeil, Calum McNeil, Calum Young, Craig Cowan, Rory Marshall, Finn Scott, Elliot Stewart and Kyle Amos.

St Aloysius’ College squad: Dom Kelly, Martin Hughes, Martin Brogan, Michael Dunn, Ally McConnell, Liam McHugh, Charlie Lonergan, Carlo Coia, Aidan Brennan and Jonny McAlindon.

Stirling County squad: Harry Henderson, Greg Muir, Ross Campbell, Gavin Ross, Ruaridh Swan, Calum Mackinnon, Sean Webb, James Gibson, Logan Trotter and Bradley Lazenby.

Ellon squad: Paul Paxton, Kieran O’Brien, Jack Munro, Jake Martin, James Evans, Grant Drummond, Sam Tateson, Fraser Cruickshank and Ruairi Taylor.