THERE was a lot of activity around the rugby club last weekend.
On Friday, Headfort School from Ireland took on a combined P7/S1 side. This was keenly contested, with the Irish visitors showing excellent skills, particularly at the breakdown. At half-time Montrose led by eight points. Headfort upped their game and scored two quick tries. This sparked a determined response from Montrose, leading to a nail-biting finish. At the final whistle, Montrose won by just one point, 29 to 28.
Following the P7/S1 match, there was a touch rugby festival under floodlights. The purpose was to get players and non-players from across the club taking part. Each team had representation from the seniors, juniors, minis and ladies as well as parents. With a focus on fun, each team played at least three games and the winners were Sloth’s Crusaders. Joint players of the tournament were Molly Lindsay and Callum Simpson.
On Saturday, two buses took families from the club to watch Scotland take on South Africa. Prior to the match, they cheered on club volunteers Caroline Campbell and Rebecca Gibbons who had been selected to parade on the Murrayfield turf, holding the ‘Big Shirt’. (See picture, page 19)
Blairgowrie Under-16s came to Union Park on Sunday, undefeated in the league. Montrose played an offloading game with excellent support. In defence, the home side was quick off the mark to cause errors from the Blairgowrie players resulting in turnover ball. Despite being the smaller side, Montrose dominated the scrums and took an early lead through tries from Pittendriech and Clark. Keeping up the pressure, further tries were scored by Campbell and Adam. At half time, Montrose had built up a healthy lead of 17-7.
Excellent running from Batt resulted in a try in the corner. This was followed by an opportunist try from scrum half Campbell. Towards the end of the match, Hardie barged over to complete the scoring for Montrose. Having scored three tries, Blairgowrie piled on the pressure for another for a bonus point. Robust Montrose defence from both forwards and backs ensure that the try line remained intact and Montrose won by 41-19.
That afternoon, Scottish Rugby held a development session and match to support ladies’ rugby in Caledonia Region. This was attended by over 40 ladies and led by Nick Burge, Ladies’ Rugby Development Officer for Tayside and Fife.
On Saturday Montrose 1st XV take on Stobswell at Union Park with a 12.30 p.m. kick-off. On Sunday the micros, minis and S1/2 sides head to Carnoustie and the Under-16s will host Strathmore at Union Park.