Town players return to action

MONTROSE Rugby’s season got under way last weekend with games being played at Under-16, Under-18 and 1st XV levels.

On Saturday morning , the Under-18 squad headed to Banchory to take part in the Deeside Tens Tournament. Being the only representative from the Midlands area, Montrose took on teams including Deeside, Aberdeen Grammar and Moray.

As their first outing of the season, they showed that they are starting to come together as a team, scoring tries in all of their matches throughout the day. While the host club, Deeside, won the silverware, Montrose showed that they had the skills and attitude to take on high quality opposition.

This weekend sees the Under-18 squad travelling to St Andrews to take part in the Midlands Festival.

Saturday afternoon saw Union Park play host to last year’s undefeated league champions, Panmure. With a strong backline and an attacking approach, the Montrose side scored two unanswered tries in the first 20 minutes and maintained their dominance to go in at half-time with a lead of seven points. In the second half, the Panmure team slowed the game down and, following two break away tries, came out victors by 33 points to 27.

Such a strong performance by Montrose against a team who will be playing in a higher league bodes well for the coming season. League action starts this weekend, with a trip to Harris in Dundee.

On Sunday, Strathmore Under-16s made the trip from Forfar to take on Montrose in a development match. From the whistle, Montrose showed that they were looking to play an expansive game with excellent offloading to produce a try in the first minute.

Throughout the first half, the Montrose Under-16s continued with fast, 15-player rugby to create a healthy lead. This allowed the coaches to give players the opportunity to try new positions and to ensure that everyone in the squad got sufficient game time.

Coach Duncan Campbell said: “This was an excellent performance and I am delighted that the boys ran in 12 tries in their first game of the season. The support and handling was just what we wanted and their attitude was a credit to the club. Particular mention goes to those who have come up from S1/2 rugby or haven’t played for the club before. Everyone played their part and there was excellent commitment from everyone. However, we still have a lot to work on and we need to sharpen up the first time tackles before our next home game against Carnoustie on September 16.”

Ladies’ rugby training session are taking place every Wednesday at Union Park, with the coaching being led by Montrose Rugby’s community coach, Findlay Christie. These sessions start at 6.30pm and new and experienced players would be most welcome.

This weekend sees action at Micros, Minis and S1/2 with Carnoustie and Arbroath coming to Montrose. The games start at 11 a.m. and spectators are very welcome.