Dollar Academy 5 - 41 Merchiston: Capital youngsters power to U16 Cup glory

Merchiston winger Amaan Raza scores one of his two tries against Dollar Academy in the under-16 Cup final at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU
Merchiston winger Amaan Raza scores one of his two tries against Dollar Academy in the under-16 Cup final at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU
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Merchiston Castle School claimed the Scottish Schools under-16 Cup title with a performance that exhibited a blend of power and pace which the less physical Dollar side could not match.

Power came in the form of No 8 Rudi Brown, who has been playing for Merchiston 1sts, and pace, and indeed clever footwork, was shown by winger and man of the match Amaan Raza.

“Both teams looked a bit nervous. We were lucky to score just before half-time and then again at the beginning 
of the second half which 
essentially buried the game,” said Merchiston’s director of rugby Roddy Deans, adding: “This set of boys have worked really hard all year.”

It was Merchiston who struck first with a penalty goal by their scrum-half 
Matthew De Villiers, the reward for non-stop pressure from the kick-off.

Dollar, however, were showing gritty resistance and after 15 minutes made their first incursion into the Merchiston half count with a try in the 
corner for full-back Robert Disborough.

But before the break 
Merchiston hit back effectively as first their No 8 Brown proved unstoppable from five metres out and then wing Raza took an inside pass before sprinting clear, both tries 
converted by De Villiers for a 17-5 half-time lead.

Merchiston quickly extended their lead with a second try by Raza, again converted by De Villiers, from Brown’s pass and then a close-range effort by flanker Tom Currie, both converted by De Villiers.

The Merchiston scrum-half increased his contribution with a penalty goal and then the conversion of a second try by Brown, to take his tally for the game to 16 points.