Success for all at Montrose Junior Rugby

Harry (L) and Louie Craig (R) were the mascots, photographed alongside the Roselea captain Craig Anderson, the Linlithgow Captain and the match referee. They are the sons of former Roselea player Dove Craig, who also attended the match.
Harry (L) and Louie Craig (R) were the mascots, photographed alongside the Roselea captain Craig Anderson, the Linlithgow Captain and the match referee. They are the sons of former Roselea player Dove Craig, who also attended the match.

Montrose Junior Rugby had a successful weekend, with victories at all ages.

On Saturday, Montrose Under-18s played host to Strathmore. This fixture was scheduled to be played in Forfar but the Strathmore pitch was unplayable, so the venue was switched.

From the start, Montrose played a fast and direct pattern of play, resulting in early scores. By half time, the result wasn’t in doubt and there were some changes to positions in the side. The Montrose team stuck to their game plan and, in the end, it was a very convincing win for Montrose. Man of the match, chosen by Strathmore, was the Montrose Hooker, Liam Hardie.

The Micros and Minis all travelled to Carnoustie to take on other Angus clubs

The Montrose boys and girls showed the usual enthusiasm and skills to score many tries and make their coaches proud. The S1/2s were also at Carnoustie to take on a the hosts and a combined Brechin, Arbroath and Strathmore side.

In the first game against Carnoustie, the Montrose players were a bit slow to start and let in two tries. This was enough to jolt the team and, after a couple of changes, the Montrose team started to play excellently, attacking rugby and broke down the Carnoustie defence to score three tries and win.

In their second game, against the combined side, the Montrose players carried on as they had left off. They opened the first half with an excellently worked try and this was followed by five more, unanswered by the Brechin, Arbroath and Strathmore team.

On Sunday, Grangemouth made the long trip north to take on Montrose in the Midlands Under-16 Development League. Similar to the under-18s the previous day, the squad demonstrated an expansive game with strong support from backs and forwards.

The Montrose defence was strong throughout, only allowing Grangemouth one try in the whole game. When the final whistle blew, Montrose had scored nine tries; an excellent result and a clear demonstration of the hard work put in by the squad through the first half of the season. Man of the match was the Montrose number eight, Lewis Hill.

This weekend, the under-18s are playing Howe of Fife and the other squads will be training.