BT Men’s Bowl Final | Ross Sutherland open Silver Saturday with BT Bowl win

Teams from either end of the country opened Silver Saturday on the international pitch as a rainy morning couldn’t dampen the spirits of the far-flung fans who had travelled to BT Murrayfield.

It was Ross Sutherland who took the spoils claiming the trophy with a try either side of half-time to Wigtownshire’s solitary first half penalty.

Ross Sutherland started the brighter, carrying well and pilfering set-piece ball but the slippery conditions ultimately cost both sides going forward.

The highlanders continued to push with fast ball but an attempted drop-goal was the closest either side could come to breaking the deadlock in the opening half an hour.

It was Wigtownshire who broke the deadlock with a penalty as Ross Sutherland infringed as they surged forward.

It took almost no time for their opponents to strike back as they won a penalty and bludgeoned over from close-range through John Gordon. They would miss the wide conversion but held a slender lead going into the break.

Half Time | Wigtownshire 3 – 5 Ross Sutherland

The rain continued to teem down as the second half got underway and handling errors crept into the early play.

Hard running characterised the play with both team’s taking the direct route in midfield or around the ruck.

As we approached the hour mark Ross Sutherland look as though they might score as a fumble by Wigtownshire deep in their own territory gave them an opportunity to hack through. Unfortunately for the highlanders they were beaten by the touch-line and Shire could breathe a sigh of relief. 

Ross Sutherland had had the best of the power game throughout the match and it was an incredible scrum from 20 metres out that powered over the Wigtownshire line and open up some daylight for the first time. Andy McKay picked up from the base to dive over and John Mann’s conversion made it a two-score game.

Wigtownshire had a long-range kick to reduce the deficit going into the final ten minutes but the attempt dropped short and Ross Sutherland continued to defend their lead.

The west outfit didn’t give up and pushed into the Ross Sutherland 22 as the clock wound down but couldn’t make it stick as another knock forward relieved the pressure for Ross Sutherland.

The highland team held on to the ball from that point on and cleared to claim the title. Player/Coach John Mann was awarded Man of the Match for his part in steering Ross Sutherland to victory.

Full Time | Wigtownshire 3 – 12 Ross Sutherland