Match reports for the Tigers XV
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U16 XV v Gala
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U16 XV v Berwick
CUP GAMES
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Carlisle v U16 XV
S1/S2 Annan Sevens
S1/S2 Moffat Sevens
Annan Mini Tournament
Stewartry Mini Tournament
U14/U16 at Langholm
Minis/Micros at Moffat
U14/U16 at VIoletbank
Tigers at Newton Stewart
U14 v Melrose
Annan Mini Tournament
P4-P7 Tigers at Dumfries
Mini/Micro Tigers at Moffat
S1/S2 Tigers at Clydebank

YOUTH TEAMS IN ACTION
11TH/12TH APRIL 2015

Reports by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

U16 AT MURRAYFIELD

On Saturday the 11th April a combined Annan/ Moffat Under 16 Squad travelled to the home of Scottish Rugby at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to take part in. 10 a side competition.

In their first game the team were defeated by Montrose in the main competition and then took part in the shield suffering a further two close defeats to Preston Lodge and Watsonians before beating Howe of Fife 2 tries to nil in the 3rd place play off.

All in all a good run out for the lads who have had limited game time in recent weeks. Following the competition the boys were given seats for the Edinburgh v Munster Pro 12 game in the stadium.

Special thanks to Langholm Rugby Development Officer Iain Park for his assistance with the tournament.

ANNAN MINIS AT LANGHOLM

On Sunday 12th April, Annan mini Section sent P4/5 and P6/7 teams to the Langholm Lions Mini Festival.

Shortly after arrival however the heavens opened with unseasonal heavy snow, which immediately started to lay on the ground as a result impacting severely on the tournament with only a limited number of the scheduled games being played.

At both levels Annan and Moffat combined with the P4/5 managing one game and the P6/7 two games prior to the weather forcing a halt to the tournament.

Although a sad end to what promised to be a cracking day of rugby the boys and girls were treated to the usual exemplary hospitality in the Langholm Clubhouse with hot food, drinks and good crack aplenty.


ANNAN/MOFFAT S1/S2 AT CLYDEBANK FESTIVAL
29TH MARCH 2015

S1/S2 COMBINED TEAM DO WELL

Report by Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

Annan sent a combined S1/S2 team to play in the Clydebank Festival with a mixture of Annan and Moffat players.

They were up against 5 teams, losing their first game to Lenzie and then drew with Newton Stewart.

Straight on again against Irvine but lost narrowly by 3-0.

Last game in league was Paisley and comfortably winning 4-0.

Tries from Kia Foster and David McDonald from Moffat and then Euan Murray and Aaron Carmichael from Annan.

It was good to see that game time is improving the players.

Want to add a special mention for Euan Murray (Minty) who is making a great improvement with each game and to Aaron Carmichael with some tremendous cover tackles against bigger opposition.

Both Moffat and Annan boys enjoyed the day and played excellent rugby working well as a team, considering they were short of numbers and all players gave their best.


MINI AND MICRO TIGERS AT MOFFAT
29TH MARCH 2015

MINI TIGERS TRAVEL TO MOFFAT

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday 29th March Annan Tigers travelled to Moffat to take part in their mini tournament. Tigers were represented at Micro, P4/5 and P6/7 level.

Apart from the tigers and the hosts, teams from Stewartry and Langholm were also in attendance. There was also much excitement amongst the players and the watching mums, caused by the attendance of four Glasgow Warriors players, Josh Strauss, Sean Maitland, Kevin Bryce and Tommy Spinks, who stayed for the duration of events giving tips, signing autographs and posing for photographs.

At P6/7 level The Tigers lost narrowly to Langholm in the opening game before beating the hosts Moffat 2 -1 with try's from Emily Hunter and Max Coupland. In their final game, played in blustery conditions, they suffered a heavy defeat to a strong Stewartry outfit.

At P4/5 level the Tigers lost both their games with the only Annan try scorer on the day being Zak Stevenson.

The two Annan micros in attendance Danny Bell and Dan Stevenson also got mucked in with the other teams and had their usual competitive run around. Well done again lads.

Thanks to all who attended and to Moffat for their hospitality.

Special mention to the Glasgow Warriors players who were excellent with all the kids, you certainly gained a few more fans, the watching Annan mums in particular!!


P4/5 AND P6/7 AT DUMFRIES
15TH MARCH 2015

MINI TIGERS TRAVEL TO DUMFRIES

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Mother's Day Annan Tigers P6/7 and P4/5 travelled to Park Farm, Dumfries to take part in the Dumfries Saints mini rugby festival, which in addition to the usual local clubs had teams taking part from Carrick, Dalziel and Ayr Rugby Clubs.

Due to a lack of numbers on the day P4/5 Tigers joined forces with Langholm and played against Newton Stewart who they beat before losing to both Dumfries and Dalziel.

Scorers on the day being Adam Hamilton (2), Ruari McGaughie and Ruari Heughan.

At P6/7 level the Tigers played teams from Dalziel, Langholm, Newton Stewart, and Ayr and although they lost all their games they were keenly contested with the players giving their all.

The only scorer on the day was Josh Cairns who scored a fantastic individual try against Langholm after running the length of the field, dancing through the Langholm defence as he did so.

Special mention must also go to Aitken Render, who showed tremendous heart, commitment and tenacity throughout and his never say die attitude was an example to all.

Thanks also to the various family members who took time to come and support the team and to Dumfries Saints for their hosting and hospitality.


MINI AND MICRO TOURNAMENT AT ANNAN
8TH MARCH 2015

GREAT TURNOUT FROM ALL TEAMS

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On a lovely Sunday morning Annan Tigers hosted their 2nd Mini and Micro Rugby Festival of the season at Violetbank involving over 150 boys and girls from P1 up to P7, from Newton Stewart, Stewartry, Moffat, Dumfries and Langholm.

Following a recent influx of new players, the Tigers were able to put out two full ten a side teams with substitutes at the P6/7 age group, which hopefully bodes well for the future.

Being the first competitive game for a lot of the new players and many of the others not having had much match experience since the winter break, Annan (a), won 1 game, against Annan (b) but suffered defeats to all the other teams. Annan (b) losing all their matches.

That said however both teams performed well and their were some excellent performances, with inexperience and lack of match sharpness being the main reason for the defeats.

It was a similar story at P4/5 with the team losing all their matches but again all performed well and again inexperience and lack of sharpness showed.

Special mention to Ruari McGaughie, Sarah Hunter, Lex Stevenson and Ruari Heughan who played and extra game to help Newton Stewart out.

Big mention to Danny Bell and Dan Stevenson who got stuck into their games at micro level with the other teams, well done lads.

For the record scorers for Annan on the day were:

P6/7 - Coll Irving (2), Rory Murray, Max Coupland, Ben Latimer, Ryan Whiteside and Josh Cairns.

P4/5 - Lex Stevenson (2), Sarah Hunter, Nathan Newton, Aaron Kirkup.

Well done to all the Annan players who took part you were a credit to both the club and your families.

Thanks to the referees, Neil Wallace, Garry McCartney, Cairn Wallace, Calum Bell and Ryan Glass for their input and assistance on the day.

Thanks also to the Ladies in the 'Grubber' who did a sterling job keeping the spectators going with cups of tea, soup, sausage rolls etc, throughout the tournament and to Elaine, Lillian and the team at the Clubhouse for feeding the players after the tournament.

Special thanks also to those who kindly donated the various cakes, rolls and sandwiches for the Grubber, it's very much appreciated especially by the away supporters on a very cold day!

Roll on next weeks tournament at Dumfries.


VARIOUS TEAMS IN ACTION
1ST MARCH 2015

GREAT EFFORT FROM THE TEAMS

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday 1st March we had players at the following:

On Sunday 1st March combined Moffat and Annan teams took on Dumfries at Moffat.

P4/5 - Two keenly contested games were played with the Annan/ Moffat team going down 6-4 and 5-2. All the players performed well, with the lack of recent game time due to the winter break meant that the visitors were just that bit slicker and cohesive. A good start however for the various. Tournaments coming up over the next couple of months.

P6/7 - There were four games in all at this age group, with Dumfries winning all four. Again the primary difference in the team was that the Annan and Moffat players were less sharp at the breakdown and in their execution. Another good start however for those that played and again there is a lot of promise for the tournament season ahead.

S1/2 - The combined Annan/ Moffat/ Langholm s1/2 took on their counterparts from Dumfries at Violetbank and although going down to a much larger Dumfries outfit, the boys stuck in well and are starting to show a better understanding of each other's play and styles the more they play together.

U15 - A combined U15 team took on Penrith U15 at Violetbank, in their first game since November. It was clear from the start that the Penrith team, who have played together for the past three years, were a lot slicker and more cohesive in terms of their combinations and movement. That said though the home team stuck at their task and their were some good individual performances, particularly from the back row, who tackled themselves to a standstill and kept up with play throughout the game. The final result being 29 -0 to Penrith.


LANGHOLM/MOFFAT/ANNAN U14 XV v MELROSE
22ND FEBRUARY 2015

GOOD GAME FOR THE COMBINED TEAM

Report by Gordon 'Gog' Carmichael

Players turned up from Annan and Moffat to join Langholm S1 boys to play against Melrose. The teams came out all raring to go despite the bitter rain and wind.

Two teams of 17 a side played so nobody was left standing on the sideline freezing.

Game kicked off at twelve with both teams evenly matched with Melrose scoring first try in the top left hand corner but missed conversion.

The home side fought back well with Elliott from Moffat scoring in the bottom corner but missed conversion.

Melrose then pushed ahead from the kickoff and scored again to retake the lead with a touchline conversion.

With the weather worsening the coaches got together and decided to call the game to an end as boys were suffering from hyperthermia.

After all it was a good performance, including the Annan players, Euan Murray, Aaron Carmichael, Eben LeVin, Ross Barlow, Euan Clarke and a new club member Alistair Harkness.

It was also, good for the coaches to test how well they had done against the Melrose coach who just happened to be a Gregor Townsend (Glasgow Coach).


TIGERS TRAVEL TO NEWTON STEWART
7TH DECEMBER 2014

TIGERS START TO GEL

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

A minis P6/7 team travelled to Newton Stewart on Sunday 7th where they played against the hosts and Stewartry. Due to a number of late call offs due to the weather we were bolstered by some additional players from the other teams do as many players as possible could get game time.

In the first game Annan, bolstered by some Newton Stewart players played Stewartry with the score being 1-1. The Annan try scorer being Rory Murray.

In he 2nd game Annan bolstered by some Stewartry players played the hosts Newton Stewart and lost 5 - 0.

Ruari Heughan went to Newton Stewart as well. He was the only P5 so he played with a mixed team with players from both Newton Stewart and Stewartry. His team won 7-5 and 6-4 with Ruari scoring one of the tries.

All the players who were able to attend played very well.


U14 AND U16 SQUADS HOST LANGHOLM AND MOFFAT
7TH DECEMBER 2014

TEAMS PLAY WELL

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

As part of the ongoing youth development between Annan, Moffat and Langholm Rugby Clubs, Annan Tigers U14 and U16 sections hosted their counterparts from Moffat and Langholm at Violetbank on Sunday 7th December, 2014.

The initial KO of time being put back around 30 minutes to allow some heavy rain and snow to pass.

At U14 level a combined Annan/Moffat team took on Langholm in 3 x 20 minutes segments. During these periods there was some excellent rugby played by all who took part with the final score over the piece being a 24 - 24 draw.

At U16 level a combined Moffat/ Langholm team took on the home side, this game however was marred by an injury in the first segment to one of the Langholm players, Sean Irving who sustained a dislocated and fractured ankle, which required the game to be stopped to allow him to be removed to DGRI by Ambulance.

The game then continued as planned with both teams being mixed and matched by the coaches to allow, certain combinations of players to be assessed with a view to joint 15 a side games being arranged at this age group in the new year.

Special mention should also go to two colts from Moffat RFC Keir Bell and Thomas Quigley who have recently completed their Level 1 referee course and refereed both games. Thomas Quigley in particular who correctly assessed the injury to Sean Irving was serious, stopped play asked for an ambulance to be called and removed the other players from the vicinity, of the incident.


MICROS AND MINIS AT MOFFAT
23RD NOVEMBER 2014

TIGERS DO WELL IN MOFFAT

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On a sunny Sunday 23rd November, Annan Tigers - Minis and Micros travelled to Moffat to play in the Moffat Mini Tournament.

The Tournament was attended by Annan, Moffat, Stewartry & Langholm.

The Clubs fielded a combined P6/7 and P4/5 and at micro level Annan combined with other micros to make up teams.

At P6/7 level Annan played three games against Langholm, Stewartry and Moffat.

Annan lost their first two games but fought back to win their third game against Moffat.

Try scorers on the day for Annan were Emily Hunter (2) and Coll Irving. Special thanks to the boys who joined our team from Langholm.

At P4/5 level Annan played against Stewartry and two Moffat teams.

Annan won two out of their three games. The Annan team played with conviction and spirit. The Annan tries coming from Lex Stevenson (4), Adam Hamilton and Sarah Hunter.

Special thanks also go to Charlie from Langholm and Josh from Moffat, who volunteered to play for Annan on the day as we were short in numbers, thanks to you both.

Annan had three Micros playing at Moffat, special thanks to Danny, Dan and Murray for playing with the other clubs and being so enthusiastic when playing. Well done!

It would also be remiss of me not to thank all the parents / family members who took the time to travel and support the players.

Finally thanks to Moffat for their usual welcoming hospitality on the day, a great day was had by all.


U14/U16 AT LANGHOLM
23RD NOVEMBER 2014

YOUTH PLAY WELL AT LANGHOLM

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday 23rd November, Annan under 14 squad and 5 under 16 players travelled to Langholm.

The U16 being depleted in numbers due to injuries and other commitments, but the remaining boys travelled anyway as the objective of the day was to look at them playing with and against their counterparts from Moffat and Langholm with a view to forming a combined 15 a side team to play several fixtures in the new year.

In terms of the U14 they competed against Langholm and Moffat teams at that age group, then all the teams combined to form two 15 a sides for a development game at the end.

During the piece Annan were beaten in all their matches, with the try scorers on the day being Aaron Carmichael 2 and Fraser Jamieson 1.

All in all a good outing for both age groups concerned as both hadn't played much rugby in recent weeks.

It was also pleasing to see all the boys mixing in and playing with their counterparts from Moffat and Langholm.

The next get together and games for both age groups is on Sunday 7th December at Violetbank, which will be the last in terms of competition prior to the New Year, as such could all boys at both age groups who are a available please attend on that date.


STEWARTRY MINIS TOURNAMENT
26TH OCTOBER 2014

GREAT DAY HAD BY ALL

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday 26th October, Annan Tigers and Minis travelled to Greenlaw, Castle Douglas to play in the Stewartry Mini Tournament.

Annan fielded a combined P6/7 and P4/5 as did their opponents in the day the host club, Moffat and Newton Stewart. At micro level Annan combined with Moffat micros due to a number of late call offs due to the wet and wild weather.

At P6/7 level Annan played three games against Stewartry A, Stewartry B and Newton Stewart, the final game against Moffat not being played due to the wind and torrential rain.

Annan winning their first two games against Newton Stewart and Stewartry B 2-1 and 5 -0 with the final game against Stewartry A being a close fought affair with Stewartry co in out winners by 2 - 1. Try scorers on the day for Annan were Ruari Forbes (4), Daniel Bryden, Coll Irving, Josh Smith and Bobby Coulthard.

During the game Annan performed and adapted to the conditions with their ball presentation, protection, and pick and drive working well. Josh Allan had some good driving runs and young Ruari Forbes, continues to show he has good balance and an eye for the gap in the execution of his four tries.

All in all a good all round team performance from the Tigers who showed plenty of skill, grit and determination in adverse weather conditions. Well done lads you all played well.

At P4/5 level Annan played against Stewartry, Moffat and Newton Stewart, winning one game against Stewartry 4-3. The Annan tries coming from loaned Newton Stewart and Moffat players and our own Adam Hamilton.

Although only winning the one game, the 4/5 Tigers like their older counterparts showed continued improvement in, for some, their first year in competitive contact rugby. Again well done to all of you.

With regards to the micros it was a shame but understandable, given the conditions, that more players couldn't make the journey, however praise to those who did and got stuck in with your counterparts from Moffat well done to you as well.

Special mention should also go to John James MacKay and Lewis Carruthers, who volunteered to play for Moffat on the day as they were short in numbers, well done to you both lads.

It would also be remiss of me not to thank all the parents/ family members who took the time to travel and support the players, given that it couldn't have been a pleasant experience for many of you, in such miserable weather conditions.

Finally thanks to Stewartry for their usual welcoming hospitality on the day, hopefully the next time we come to the Greenyards it will be on a drier and less blowy day!


ANNAN MINIS TOURNAMENT
5TH OCTOBER 2014

GREAT RUGBY ON DISPLAY

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On the morning of Sunday 5th October, Annan Tigers held their first mini tournament of the year at Violetbank, involving over 150+ children from Dumfries, Moffat, Newton Stewart, Langholm and Moffat.

The tigers fielded two teams at P6 and P7( combined with Langholm) and had players playing for Langholm at P5 and mixed in with minis from Moffat and Dumfries at micro level.

Throughout the morning the large crowd were entertained to some excellent rugby by all the teams who took part, some of which wouldn't have looked out of place in their respective clubs senior XV's.

Over the piece the Tigers only won one game at P7 level beating Moffat by three tries to nil,however this was the 1st or 2nd outing for many of the Annan players, who have recently joined the mini section and all played well.

Scorers for Annan Tigers on the day were:
P7 - Emily Hunter, Ruari Murray (2), Ryan Johnstone (Langholm) 2, Daniel Grieve ( Langholm).
P6 - Bobby Coulthard 3, Martin Weaver, Simon Graham, Aitken Render and Ben Latimer.
P5 - Adam Hamilton 2.

Thanks to the referees on the day Neil Wallace, Gordon Carmichael, Cairn Wallace and Ryan Glass

Special thanks to all the parents/ carers who donated soup, tray bakes and rolls, those who served in the ' Grubber' providing hot/ cold drinks and snacks throughout the morning and Elaine, Lillian and the team at the Clubhouse for the after tournament hot dogs and drinks.


S1/S2 ANNAN TIGERS AT THE ANNAN SEVENS
28TH SEPTEMBER 2014

TIGERS DO WELL

Report by Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

On Sunday 28th September, Annan Tigers hosted the 2nd Under 14 7 a side tournament of the season, in the Dumfries and Galloway Development League at Violetbank.

Teams taking part in addition to the hosts were: Dumfries, Newton Stewart, Stewartry, Langholm and Moffat, comprising around 70 players.

Over the piece Annan won two games, beating Langholm 7-2 and Newton Stewart 6-5 and being defeated by Dumfries, Stewartry and Moffat.

Try scorers on the day for Annan were: Fraser Jamieson 6, Aaron Carmichael 6, Ebben Le Vin 1, Euan Murray 2, Jamie Robertson 1, Ryan Armstrong 1 and Ross Barlow 1.

All in all a much improved performance from the Annan team on their 2nd outing of the season, with those boys who have moved up to this Level from P7 starting to find their feet.


S1/S2 ANNAN TIGERS AT THE MOFFAT SEVENS
21ST SEPTEMBER 2014

TIGERS IMPROVING ALL THE TIME

Report by Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

Annan under 14s Tigers travelled to Moffat on Sunday 21st September with only 7 available players.

They lost their first game against Moffat 5 tries to Nil.

The second game Annan played better going down 5 tries to 1 against Langholm with Ross Barlow scoring a fine team try.

Next up was Newton Stewart a hard fought game with a 2-2 try count was a fare result for both sides. Both tries coming from the pace of Aaron Carmichael.

Last game was up against a very large Stewartry side where they never gave up and lost 5 tries to 1. Again only try from Aaron Carmichael.

Overall was a good experience for a young tiger side on a full size pitch.


ANNAN/LANGHOLM/MOFFAT U16 XV v GALA
21ST SEPTEMBER 2014

GALA OUT-MUSCLE THE U16 XV

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday 21st September, the combined Annan, Langholm, Moffat U16 squad took on Gala Red Triangle U16, coached by former Hawick and Scotland back row, Derek Turnbull at a for once sun kissed Milntown.

Although the home coaches and fans were buoyed with expectancy that the lads would continue to improve following their promising display in the previous game against Berwick, these were soon dashed, with Gala scoring with regularity almost from the first 5 minutes, mainly due to poor tackling and decision making in terms of defensive line and organisation by the home team.

The scoreboard continuing to clock up to the final whistle with The Gala team running out 77 - 0 victors.

Although a high scoring game, there were some plus points in that the home side secured line out and scrum possession, more or less on their own put ins, but it was the decision making thereafter and a lack of support in numbers which caused almost every attack to result in a turnover, to a more streetwise and quick thinking Gala outfit.

At times some of the home team looked almost lethargic and disinterested in the job at hand, which is obviously worrying from a coaching point of view. Hopefully having no fixture next week, will allow a chance for ' batteries' to be re charged and some contact skills worked on at training.

Special mention to Neil Smith, who was one of the plus points from an Annan point of view in the game for his high tackle/ work rate and turnovers of opposition ball.

Many thanks to the Langholm Ladies for their usual decent after match scoff and hospitality.

Annan Players who took part:- Josh Whiteside, Fraser Jamieson, Kane Marshall, Cammy Irving, Bradley Wilson, Bradley Davidson, Neil Smith, Jake Lamont and Jack Ogilvie.


BERWICK v ANNAN/LANGHOLM/MOFFAT U16 XV
14TH SEPTEMBER 2014

GREAT EFFORT FROM THE LADS

Report by Iain Park

There were seven Annan youth players who travelled with the combined Langholm/Annan U16 team to Berwick on Sunday.

On a fine dry day both teams produced some good rugby, but it was the home side who were victorious, eventually winning 64-14, mainly due to some rather ineffective first time tackling by the visiting team.

The combined side definitely had the edge in the forward exchanges, with Bradley Davidson putting in a solid performance at hooker, winning all his own ball and stealing three opposition put ins.

Bradley Wilson played well in his first game in the middle row after moving from centre, where he secured good line out possession and made ground with ball in hand.

The back line found the strong running Berwick backs hard to deal with and some missed tackles allowed them to pour through and score several tries. Jake Lamont at full back also had a good game, stopping many of the Berwick attacks with his tackling,

The visitors scored two good converted tries of their own, one from Callum Henderson from a close range pick and drive and one from Thomas Quigley from a well orchestrated backs move. Quigley converted both.

The boys deserve credit for trying hard for the full 70 minutes but only a good turn out at training will allow them to work on the areas they need to improve in order to get better results in future games.

Annan Players involved:- Jack Ogilvie, Bradley Davidson, Bradley Wilson, Jake Lamont, Fraser Jamieson, Josh Whiteside and Duncan Walker.


ANNAN/LANGHOLM/MOFFAT U16 XV v MELROSE
7TH SEPTEMBER 2014

MELROSE TOO POWERFUL

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday 7th September, 2014, Langholm U16 comprising players from Langholm, Annan and Moffat took on Melrose U16 in their first league fixture of the season at a sunny and warm Milntown.

Following the previous good performance against Carlisle it was hoped the boys would once again rise to the occasion and take the game to an exceptionally well drilled Melrose team.

Unfortunately this wasn't to be the case and Melrose dominated from the outset, out thinking and out muscling the home side in almost every facet of the game, scoring at regular intervals as a result, and racking up a 77 - 0 victory.

Although at times the home sides commitment was lacking in parts, there was some parity in the set piece and some good individual performances.

All in all a performance which it is hoped can be classed as a ' bad day at the office'.

Annan players who took part: Neil Smith, Bradley Wilson, Bradley Davidson, Jake Lamont, Duncan Walker, Kane Marshall, Cammy Irving, Jack Ogilvie, Fraser Jamieson and Josh Whiteside.


CARLISLE U16 XV v ANNAN/LANGHOLM/MOFFAT U16 XV
3RD SEPTEMBER 2014

GOOD SHOWING BY THE U16 XV

Report by Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On the evening of Wednesday 2nd September, a combined under 16 team comprising players from Annan/Langholm and Moffat, travelled to Carlisle RFC to play an U16 squad.

The game was played at a high tempo with the Annan combined team pinning their much larger opponents inside their own half for the first 15 minutes.

Eventually the well drilled Carlisle team began to exert some pressure, and were able to exploit gaps in their less experienced defence through some excellent back play, eventually running out winners by 46 - 7.

The combined teams score coming as the result of a fine piece of individual play by Neil Smith. His try being converted by Thomas Quigley.

It is worth noting that the combined team met for the first time 45 minutes before kick off and their opponents, featuring 3 county players, have played as a team for several years.

This was a big step up for many of the boys from last years u14 level, however they all relished the challenge and done both themselves and their respective clubs proud with their commitment and attitude.

The next fixture is this Sunday 7th September at Langholm v Melrose KO 1pm.