Stewart’s Melville College into semis after Inverleith victory
STEWART’S Melville College secured their place in the semi-finals of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-18 Cup after defeating their city rivals Edinburgh Academy 15-10 at Inverleith yesterday, writes Alan Lorimer.
Both sides scored two tries apiece but it was the goal kicking of Stew-Mel stand-off Scott Docherty which provided the winning points for the Inverleith side. Docherty was the key man for the Stew-Mel in other respects, though, as the fly half showed astute game management with cleverly placed kicks that gave his side territorial advantage.
“Scott showed a lot of composure today and got us into good positions,” acknowledged Stew-Mel coach Bryn Lockie.
It was a neatly-placed cross kick by Docherty that allowed full back Ryan Frost to cross for Stew-Mel’s opening score. Docherty converted and then added a penalty for a 10-0 lead. Academy hit back, though, with a try by prop Constan Plevris from a driven line-out.
Stew-Mel were quick out of the blocks in the second half and that man Docherty carved out a try for centre Russell Grant. Academy, after good work by Rory Simpson and Alex Swan, replied with a try by replacement wing Sam Bendit.
Then, with full-time approaching, Academy almost stole the game when Swan intercepted and launched a counter attack but Stew-Mel scrambled their defence to snuff out the danger and ensure victory. Scorers: Stewart’s Melville College: Tries: Frost, Grant. Conversion: Docherty. Penalty: Docherty. Edinburgh Academy: Trie: Plevris, Bendit.
Stewart’s Melville College: R Frost; S Murchie, R Grant, J Price, B McIntosh; S Docherty, A Manson; W Kesley, G Wilson, B Gorrie, M Hutcheson, A Clayton, F Christie, M Lowes, H Robertson. Subs used: M Stirling.
Edinburgh Academy: A Swan; R Rowbottom, S McWilliam, T Grey, T Salisbury; D Swanson, F Graham; C Plevris, R Simpson, A McWilliam, J Balfour, J Spratt, C Rust, R Smith, M Millar. Subs used: F Greig, S Bendit.
Referee: S Scott (Currie).
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