Montrose S1/2 22 Aberdeen Wanderers 6
Montrose S1/2 welcomed Aberdeen Wanderers to Union Park on Sunday.
This was the first time the teams had played each other so there were high expectations from both teams. As Wanderers also play in green there was a potential clash of shirts, so the Montrose side turned their strips inside-out to play in white.
Aberdeen won the toss and elected to kick. They sent a high kick deep into the Montrose half, which was caught by Gammie. After breaking some tackles, he ran up the pitch and scored under the posts in less than 30 seconds for what must be the quickest try of the season.
Not long after the restart, Montrose secured the ball in the breakdown and Marwood passed out to Hill at 10. Seeing a gap in the Wanderers’ back line, Hill executed a lightening side-step and made a break to score in the right hand corner.
Into the second period, Montrose continued their expansive style of rugby and kept Wanderers closed down through robust tackling.
Following a turnover, the Montrose backs passed the ball to the left and Adam straightened the attack then off-loaded to Smart who scored beside the posts.
This was followed by three more tries; one from Greasley and a brace from Fraser.
As the Montrose players tired and some were tried in new positions, Wanderers upped their game and scored two well-worked tries to close the game.
But at the end of three periods of 20 minutes, the Montrose players were the convincing winners.
Caroline Campbell, S1/2 coach said: “This was another tough fixture and I was pleased how well they gelled as a team. Despite not having some key players, the defence was strong and they passed the ball wide to create space.
“The last try was an excellent example of this with probably 10 players touching the ball before Fraser dived for the line.”
The next fixture for the S1/2s will be a 10s tournament at Blairgowrie on April 14.
In the afternoon, the Strathmore Under-16 10s tournament was moved to Montrose as the Forfar pitches were unplayable.
This was a round-robin tournament with teams from Aberdeen Wanderers, Blairgowrie, Carnoustie, Holt from Norfolk, Montrose and Strathmore.
All teams played open running rugby and the winners of the event were Carnoustie.