Loretto 7's 7/10/17
Sunday had the potential to be a horrendously stormy and rainy day, however, we were blessed with only a moderate wind and moderate rain, which allowed the annual 7s tournament to go ahead.
Were placed in pool A, which included Loretto A, Fettes A and Ardvrek A. out of these three other fine schools, we had only encountered Loretto whom we played the previous Wednesday.
Our Initial match was against Ardvrek who played some good rugby, competing well at breakdowns as well as showing some smooth passing to the width. Our boys started fairly flat and were outplayed at the breakdown quite often. Fortunately, the second half proved healthier and we began to win some rucks and turn over the ball. 7s is all about maintaining possession and we did this well by playing more competitive rugby. We began to utilise our fast runners more, resulting in the super-fast Ollie L and speed man John T scoring some juicy try’s beneath the sticks.
Final Score: St Mary’s 10 - Ardvrek 0
Our second pool fixture was against Loretto, who came to the game with fire in their bellies and gave us a good run for our money. It was a pleasure to watch some brilliant fluid rugby from both schools. As with the previous tie, we started quite flat but began to pick up the tempo. Impact players such as Tristan, Stewart and Geordie were robust in defence, tackling boys well and allowing us to control the pace of the game, leading to victory. John I played a very consistent and excellent match, tackling very well and kicking some beautiful conversions.
Final Score: St Mary’s 12 – Loretto 3
Our third and final pool game was against Fettes A. We went into this key fixture, following lunch with much more zest and energy. We played a stunning game, using width well, Archie J showed some beautiful controlled handling whilst Josh displayed the beautiful give and go method of play, dummy passing and hitting the space. Ed ran well and with such force, his impact was greatly felt with a juicy try from the halfway, reminiscent of his winning try at the Merchiston rugby festival.
Final Score: St Mary’s 20 – Fettes 0
Our three consecutive wins meant we progressed through to the cup semi against a very strong and ambitious Merchiston side. In what was another traditionally tight fixture, the third this year alone, Merchiston managed to gain the upper hand early. Their boys showed real determination and hungry to win and despite there being fairly even competition in every aspect of the game, Merchiston’s tenacity paid off resulting in three tries. Ollie d-G, however, scored an absolute screamer in the closing moments, unfortunately, our only try of the match. We learnt some valuable lessons from that match and handed the baton of facing Cargilfield in the final to a deserving team. Our boys showed real heart and despite the loss, maintained excellent composure and grit throughout the entire game. This meant we would be revisiting Fettes for the Plate final.
Final Score, Cup semi: St Mary’s 10 – Merchiston 12
Our final tie of the day was against Fettes, who put up and excellent fight. Both teams played some superb rugby and Fettes gave it they're all. Our boys, despite a tough loss before came to this game in full fettle and gave it they're all. Collectively, tackles were made, rucks were affected positively and running and passing to the width was outstanding. We managed to creep ahead despite most of the game being try tennis, we would score and Fettes would come back to match us. We ended the day on a real high after playing some super rugby at a standard that is every improving. To earn the Plate in such a prestigious and competitive tournament was a real pleasure for the boys and I. Well done to every lad involved for their commitment and positive contribution to a super day of rugby. A further thanks to all the parents who came down to support and offer help wherever it was needed.
Final Score, Plate final: St Mary’s 17 – Fettes 12