Hawick U15’s made the long journey to Stornoway last week to take on a combined S2 School of Rugby/Stornoway U15 team as part of their North of Scotland mini tour.
This was the first home game the School of Rugby boys have had in their two years in the programme, so the visit was greatly appreciated. The Hawick boys were, on the whole, an older and far more experienced team, but even the Hawick coaches admitted the final score of 36-12 flattered them somewhat.
The local side competed well for the whole match, the School of Rugby boys having a rare opportunity to put into practice all they’ve learned over the past two years with the U15 boys adding a bit of size and physicality to the side.
Hawick had the edge overall and fully deserved their win, but there was plenty for the home side to be pleased about. Set pieces were pretty solid, the backs put good pressure on their opposite numbers and the commitment shown by all players throughout was very impressive.
Ronan Sinclair led the side well, with some typical barnstorming runs helping put them on the front foot. Callum Nicolson also had an impressive game, and was awarded man of the match by the Hawick coaches. Callum was solid in defence and scored a fine interception try for the home side’s first points. Dean Drummond scored the other points, converting Callum’s try and crossing late on for an opportune try of his own.
Although this was a very physical match the game was played in an excellent spirit throughout. Hawick acknowledged this, praising young Aiden Millar for commiserating with the player who threw the intercept pass for Callum’s try. World famous commentator and man of Hawick, the late Bill McLaren, was a strong advocate of fair play and this is being continued through the work being done by the Bill McLaren Foundation.
Thanks are due to School of Rugby coach, Darren Beattie, for organising the fixture, Stornoway RFC and their sponsors for their continued support of the programme and Hawick for making the effort to travel to Stornoway.