Montrose beat Carnoustie in friendly

Montrose U16 stopping Carnoustie with a double tackle
Montrose U16 stopping Carnoustie with a double tackle

There has been another busy weekend at the rugby club. On Saturday, the P4/5 and P6/7 squads headed to Lathallan. Playing in the spectacular setting of the grounds of Brotherton Castle, the Montrose teams put in a strong display but Lathallan prevailed in both matches.

Following the matches, the Montrose boys were treated to some excellent hospitality from the local school.

At the same time, the Lathallan U18 squad visited Montrose for a development fixture. The coaches chose to play 10-a-side and after four periods of exciting rugby, both sides had scored six tries.

On Sunday, the Micros trained at Union Park, while the P4/5s and P6/7s had a trip to Arbroath. Both squads had learned a lot from their trip to Lathallan and played a lot better to come home victorious.

On Sunday afternoon, the U16s were supposed to be playing Gordonstoun School in the Caledonia Bowl. Unfortunately, Gordonstoun had to cancel late in the week due to other commitments, so Montrose progress to the next round.

Carnoustie were also without a game as Orkney were unable to travel due to the weather. A friendly was hastily set up between the two Angus U16 sides.

This was going to be a tough test for Montrose, having lost 26-5 to Carnoustie in the league. Also, the Carnoustie squad had grown significantly. After a very competitive first half, there had been no score from either side. Both sides had tried to move the ball but they were thwarted by excellent defence.

Into the second half, Carnoustie’s lack of discipline allowed Montrose to open the scoring with a try from Beedie. This was followed by a try 
from Campbell, which was converted by Beattie. The game ended with a win to Montrose, 12-0.

Hugh Dennis, U16 coach, said: “The boys did really well to grind out a win against a strong Carnoustie side. With it being a friendly, it allowed us to ensure everyone in the squad got a game and we had a chance to try out players in new positions. The commitment, particularly in the second half, was excellent and I was particularly impressed with the discipline and maturity shown by the Montrose players.”

This weekend sees the U18s take on Aberdeen Wanderers on Saturday morning, the S1/2s are hosting Madras on Sunday and the Micros, P4/5s and P6/7s will head through to Brechin.