Stornoway schoolboys travel to Ross

The Nicolson Institute under 16 side.
The Nicolson Institute under 16 side.
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A combined S1 and S2 team from the Nicolson Institute School of Rugby travelled with the Under 16 team to play Ross Sutherland.

The Stornoway schoolboys made their way to Invergordon to both play matches and also contest three sessions against Ross’ healthy squad of players to allow everyone a game. They impressed all who turned out to watch with their overall play, but also with their teamwork and sportsmanship – key attributes for rugby.

Amongst the team were five first year boys playing in their first competitive game of rugby and all acquitted themselves well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Blooding such young players bodes well for the future of the game in the isles.

Overall Stornoway scored six tries to two with stand-off Cameron McClements successful with five conversions.

Scorers for Stornoway were skipper Ronan Sinclair, Euan Morrison (2), Shaun Riddell, Rory Mighton and Alex Macleod. In a close call the boys chose Alex as man of the match for his strong driving play and solid tackling although any of the others made a case for top man nod of their own.

The U16’s faced a well-organised Ross side, who are one of the top four in their league. The home side raced into a healthy four try lead as Stornoway allowed them too much room to attack and missed too many first up tackles. The friendly chat at half time seemed to spur the boys on and they put in far better second half performance with some brave defence and far better structure.

A major plus point was the performance in the set pieces, with scrums and line outs producing plenty clean balls to work from.

Newcomer Angus Macphail had an impressive debut and Kieran Bell is showing steady improvement, brave in defence and aggressive in attack with one cracking break and offload.

Andrew Mackenzie had his best game yet, and was clearly man of match for Stornoway. They can now look forward to the visit of Dunfermline in the Caledonian Cup on February 1.