Young rugby sides show the way

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Montrose Junior Rugby got off to an excellent start to 2013 with convincing wins at S1/2 and U16.

Despite the cold weather, the pitches at Union Park were playable on Sunday. In the morning, the S1/2s played host to Strathmore from Forfar.

From the start, the Montrose team was working hard to support the player with the ball and their defensive tackling was excellent.

After a tight first 10 minutes, Montrose broke out to score under the posts. From there, the team started to challenge the Strathmore defence and, by the interval, Montrose had scored four tries to just one from Strathmore.

In the subsequent period, the voracious tackling from the home team continued, forcing errors from the Strathmore backs.

This allowed both forwards and backs to counter attack and score more tries.

When the final whistle blew, Montrose had scored nine tries, courtesy of Adam, Campbell, Gammie and Hill, winning the game 31 to 16 (three points for a try and one for a conversion).

In the afternoon, the Under-16s welcomed Aberdeen Wanderers to Union Park for the first time.

With the Aberdeen side wearing green and blue, the Montrose team wore the alternate orange strips.

It was clear from the kick-off that Montrose were looking for strong runs from the forwards to make territory and then release their backs.

The first try was scored by Lindsay; a result of excellent support to receive a well-executed offload.

Within 10 minutes, the Montrose team had scored three tries. The visiting team struggled to cope with the off-loading and excellent running lines from the Montrose team but they never gave up. Montrose continued to pile on the pressure and by half time the score was 43-5.

The home coaches made changes at half time to try new positions and to ensure everyone had game time.

The players adapted well and continued to dominate the match. Wanderers piled on pressure throughout the second half but strong defence ensured that they didn’t breach the Montrose line.

The final score was 73-5 with try scorers including Campbell, Campbell, Clark, Docherty, Hardie, Lindsey, Pittendreich and Starkey.

The new centre partnership of Campbell and Howard was awarded joint players of the match by the visiting coaches. This was fair reward for their strong running and effective support throughout the game.

Hugh Dennis, junior coach, said: “We weren’t sure if the pitch was going to be playable this weekend but we were treated to some excellent, running rugby. For the S1/2s to maintain their unbeaten record is a real achievement and the Under-16s put in a strong performance with the whole squad playing their part.

“The efforts of the players in training is really paying off.”