Saints Colts v Tralee

Ally Muir sent the following report from the game.

The Colts Boys were entertaining Tralee U18s who were on tour and had just trashed Cartha Park 55-5.

The previous evening, Glasgow Warriors had beaten Munster 27-24 and the Colts were eager to beat similar Irish counterparts at Park Farm as well.

In the first quarter of the game, things looked to go according to script for the Colts and they dominated possession and territory. Eventually, that led to the first try. Increasing pressure from the Colts forwards resulted in Cringean taking on four defenders and streaked his way to score in front of the posts. The try was converted by Kennedy making the score 7-0 but the tide turned in favour of Tralee after that. They began to boss possession and began to make life difficult for the Colts. The home side made numerous errors and then conceded a converted try after Tralee dived down in the left corner. The score at half-time was 7-7.

With the wind behind them, the lads were eager to play a much better second half but Tralee started the second half as they finished the first and the home lads continued to make errors and cough up possession at critical moments. Not surprisingly, the visitors took the lead for the first time when Tralee went over for their second try which was unconverted and the score was 12-7. Although the lads got back into the game, their attacks were checked by Tralee and the visitors finished the game off with a third converted try. The Colts began to fight back and had the belief that they could still snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. However, they still made errors, which squandered their attacks. The lads never gave up and scored their second try when Ben Hyslop dived over in the corner but Kennedy failed with the conversion. The Colts then labored for a win and were hopeful of it but the visitors held their ground and in the end won and had a second win from their Scottish tour. Even though the Dumfries lads lost, they played their hearts out with tremendous pride and determination. Cringean received best back award whilst Martin got the best forward award.

Team: Webster, McMorrin, Martin, Willetts, Clyde, Paterson, Goldie, Johnston, Blandford, Kennedy, Cringean, Carlisle, Currie, Hyslop, Neill