Scottish Schools' Shield Winners

Congratulations to our 1st XV rugby squad who won the Scottish Schools' Shield at the Boys' Schools' Cup Finals at BT Murrayfield on December 6th.

The team won the match against Kelvinside, with an impressive 25-15 in their favour and were delighted to bring the U18 School Shield home to Hutchie.

A great team performance was shown by everyone involved and the ‘man of the match’ was Matthew Conroy, who put in a terrific defensive display and was a constant threat in attack.

On behalf of the team, pupils James Stewart and Fraser Meighan said: “Earlier in the season, we lost to a strong and physical new-look Kelvinside squad, however we used this as motivation to spur us on over the several weeks leading up to the Final.

“The mental battle had been won by the boys long before we got onto the pitch. We went in a with a strong attitude, knowing that the game was ours to win.

“The game started at a frantic pace and we managed to get the first points of the evening after sustained pressure in the Kelvinside half.

“Our work rate and game management was superior in every aspect to our competitors. Kelvinside responded as we expected by working a good set piece play to score in the left hand corner.

“Nonetheless, our determination got us through as we scored another two tries to go in with the lead at half time, 19 - 10.

"With the strong wind now at our backs and the many hours of gruelling conditioning sessions in our minds, the boys knew they had the fitness to play the second half with great tempo - a tempo which Kelvinside struggled to live with at times.

“Two second half penalties by Alastair McFarlane put the score board in our favour as Kelvinside were needing to score twice and still find another point from somewhere.

“Kelvinside did respond and put us under great pressure but our defensive organisation and a 'never say die' attitude meant our goal line was only going to be breached once more.

“The game finished 25-15 in our favour and we were delighted to have won the Shield. A great team performance with everyone working as a collective unit.”

The whole squad would like to give a massive thank you to Mr Sorbie, who has pushed them tirelessly to reach their potential.

Additionally, the pupils would like to thank all of the supporters – pupils, teachers, parents and FPs who made the atmosphere electric and one that the whole squad will never forget playing in front of.

Very well done boys!

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