From Union Park to an international

MONTROSE 1st XV were scheduled to have their last match last weekend against Stobswell before the league split. Unfortunately, the visitors called off due to lack of players.

The Micros, Minis and S1/2 teams headed to Carnoustie.

The P6/7s had the unique situation where all tries were scored by the girls in the squad. For the S1/2s, it was a three-way event, with Fife Southern having made the trip up from Rosyth. Through excellent off-loading and support, Montrose won both their games. Highlight was the player of the day being awarded to Caolan Boyle in his first competitive outing.

Montrose Under-16s hosted Strathmore. From the first kick, Montrose showed that they were going to play an open off-loading game with the ball going to both sides of the pitch and then Starkey scoring a try from a ruck 10 metres out with only one minute on the clock. Further tries came from Clark and Gordon. At half time, Montrose had a slender lead, 15-12. With some changes made, Montrose came out with more purpose in the second half; securing more ball in the breakdown. This released the backs and tries came from Montrose wingers Pittendreich and Docherty.

In the last two minutes, Strathmore launched a concerted attack on the Montrose goal line. With excellent defensive structure from Montrose and try-saving tackles from Docherty and Ritchie, the final whistle went when man of the match, Kyle Clark, kicked the ball into touch. The final score was 25-22 to Montrose, with the home team securing a bonus point and moving to second in the league.

Scott Smith, one of the Montrose Under-16 coaches said: “This was a hard-fought victory and the boys had to rely on all of their skills to overcome such a physical side. It was also pleasing to see them keep calm and focus on playing good rugby.”

On Saturday, Montrose Rugby member Sam Grove-White was fifth official at the Scotland v Tonga. This involved timekeeping and managing the substitutions. Sam said: “Having done this before at Glasgow games, I was comfortable with the role but it was very exciting being an international. It was also fascinating to see how top level officials prepare for the match and cope with the pressure. The only disappointment was the result but I guess I should have been impartial!”

Sam is now refereeing RBS Championship games. He has also been selected to referee the Brewin Dolphin Under-16 schools final between Strathallan and Merchiston on the main pitch at Murrayfield.

On Saturday, the Under-18s will be away to Blairgowrie and the 1st XV will travel to Perth to take on Perthshire 2nd XV. The Minis and S1/2 teams will be hosting Waid FP on Sunday and the Under-16 will head to Kirkcaldy for another league fixture.