Under-15s put Angus on the rugby map despite being beaten

Angus Under-15s thwarting a Stirling County attack
Angus Under-15s thwarting a Stirling County attack

The Caledonia Cup Finals were held in Inverness last weekend and the Angus Under-15 squad had made it to the final against Stirling County.

Despite the muddy conditions, both teams showed strong skills from the start.

After a very close first half, Stirling County led by 12 points to 5. Both teams had many chances to score but the strong defensive structures kept the scoreline down.

Into the second half, Stirling started to move the ball wide and make best use of their strong wingers.

Although Stirling scored early in the second half, the Angus boys didn’t give up. They persevered with their off-loading game and secured a well-worked try in the corner. With just 10 minutes to go, there were just seven points in it. With both teams looking to run the ball, a cruel blow was to end Angus’ hopes. A penalty in the Angus 22 was taken quickly and Stirling dived over for their forth try to secure the win.

The final score was Stirling County 24, Angus 10.

The Angus squad was presented with the runners-up trophy for the Caledonia Cup. Try scorers for Angus were James Lockhart and Kieran Ritsen.

Duncan Campbell, Montrose vice-president and a member of the Angus Rugby Development Group, said “We are delighted that the boys made it to the cup final and they have really put Angus on the rugby map.

“Stirling County are a very established club with their own academy structure so they were always going to be a tough test. The players showed great heart and strong technique throughout.

“A big thank you goes to Angus Rugby development officer Stewart Ross who has worked with these players and the coaches across Angus for a number of years. Stewart has also coached the Under-15 Angus squad this year and the development of the players has been fantastic.

“Not only have they played well as an Angus side but all of the players have brought back what they have learned to their club teams.

“There were seven Montrose players in the squad and they will all be playing for our Under-16 squad next year.”

This weekend, the Montrose Under-16s and Under-18s head off on tour to Ireland. They will be playing teams in Banbridge south of Belfast and Suttonians in Dublin. They will also be attending the Rabo Direct Pro 12 match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium.