Stornoway ruby club’s under 15 side showcased the huge strides they made in a short space of time with a battling, brave display against an ominously powerful visiting Highland side.
The Inverness team had scored more than 50 points in each of their games so far this season and were undefeated after four games so this was always going to be a challenge for our boys having travelled to Inverness last year and lost by more than 100 points.
The nerves were tangible in the boys as the reputation of the visiting team was over whelming them. Prior to kick off coaches, Iain ‘GG’ Campbell and Iain McFee tried to put the days game into perspective and asked the boys to play with heart and aggression and if they were going to get beat it would not be through effort.
The game kicked off in lovely sunny conditions and the first five minutes were completely dominated by the Stornoway forwards and it was only down to resolute defence by Highland that they did not score.
As the first half progressed the Stornoway pack continued to dominate but were being outplayed in the backs and the Highland outfit ran in three quick tries which were all converted to give the guests some much-needed breathing room.
As the final minutes came to a close in the first half Highland were on top and it ended 35-0.
The second half was almost completely played in the Highland half with great attack and defence shown by the Stornoway boys which led to a great try being scored in the corner by Jack ‘Ness’.
Shortly after this there was a 15 minute break due to an injury to one of the Stornoway players, Evan McGee, who was later given the all clear in hospital.
When play resumed the game continued to be even however, Highland scored a couple of late tries to leave the final score at 47-5 to the visitors.
The coaches are incredibly proud of what the Storonoway boys achieved on Saturday and the players now fear no-one in the league.
The boys travel to InverGordon this Saturday to play Ross-Sutherland which will again be a tough encounter.’