Dumfries 25 – Boroughmuir 19
Dumfries welcomed the team below them in the Scottish Rugby Under 18 League knowing that, depending on other results, a win could move them into third place and ten points clear of the chasing pack with four games left.
Dumfries took the game to their Edinburgh visitors with storming runs by Scott Goodwin and Lee Scott in an unfamiliar centre role to combat the strong running visiting centres. However after the first lineout near the home 22m, a sniping run from the visiting scrum half gave him a free run-in under the posts for a converted try.
Their lead only lasted three minutes. From an attempted clearance from under the posts by the Boroughmuir full back, Kyle Lindsay took a clean catch to dive over the line. James Clyde converted. James was unfortunate with a penalty attempt soon after and the remainder of the half was a hard physical game between two sides going for the win but with no further scores.
Boroughmuir were probably the best tackling side Dumfries has faced this season and thwarted everything Dumfries threw at them. Finally after a surging forwards maul the ball came out the backs for great hands from Lee Scott, Sean McDougall and Sion Davies who scored in the corner.
The visitors came right back into the game. With the wind in their backs, Dumfries tried to play the ball out their own half. It was turned over and the flying visitors’ centre scored under the posts. The visitors took the lead with the conversion.
The game was very even with both teams battling hard. James Clyde kicked two penalties to put Dumfries back in front but just at that a slick move from the visiting backs put the winger into the corner to regain the lead. The conversion was missed.
With the clock ticking against Dumfries, a long clearance from scrum-half Harry Houlday gave them a 5m lineout. The Boroughmuir full back put the ball out, but a spoiled lineout saw the ball going to the visitors’ scrum half. Luckily, his attempted clearance went straight to the charging James Clyde to catch the ball and dive over. James gathered his composure for the touchline conversion – for a personal haul of 15 points – and a fantastic home victory 25 -19.
With Stirling County beating Highland 17 -15, Dumfries move up to 3rd place on goal difference. Both Stirling and Highland have to come to Park Farm in November. An away win next Saturday against second-bottom side Ellon would cement third place.
Team: Jack McHenry, Cammy Taylor, Scott Goodwin, James Clyde, Ryan Arthur, (Edward Jackson) Sean McDougall, Ryan Cruikshank, Kyle Lindsay, Harry Houlday, Declan O’Donnell, Sion Davies, Lee Scott, Gavin Howatson, John McWilliam, Scott Kerr, Euan McMorran, Nathan Hogg.