Brechin Pirates travelled to Blairgowrie Rams’ home ground to play on November 3. It was cold and windy but all were in great spirits.
Due to low numbers for the Micro’s (only four), the squad teamed up with Arbroath Rhinos to play three teams of Blairgowrie micros.
The first game was challenging with everyone playing as a team and tries scored by both sides. Sadly Pirate’s/Rhino’s lost this match 5–3, with Lewis Forfar scoring the tries.
By the second game, everyone was warmed-up and raring to go with tries being scored from the offset. Pirate’s/Rhino’s did better in this match winning 7-3, with Lewis Forfar and Angus and Craig from Arbroath scoring tries.
The third and final game was the best of the day, with Pirate’s/Rhino’s bursting through Blairgowrie’s lines from the offset with tremendous teamwork. Again winning this match 7-2. Tries again scored by Lewis and Angus.
A spokesperson for the club said: “I would like to say it was an amazing effort by the four Brechin Pirates who were there (Ross, Peter, Lewis and Kerr) and the lads from Arbroath (Angus and Craig). A big thank you to Arbroath Rhinos for helping increase our numbers and a massive thank you to Blairgowrie Rams Coaches, players and helpers for their hospitality and gracious games of rugby.”
The P4/5 side also had low numbers, again teaming up with Arbroath Rhino’s.
After a quick start to the game from a strong Blairgowrie side, the mixed team started to push the Blair attacks back but were unable to cross the score line in the first half.
Despite Blair continuing to dominate in the second half, some slick moves and strong tackling from the Pirate’s/Rhino’s led to the try of the day with Iestyn of the Pirates the scorer.
Although beaten, it was commented by the Blair coaches that both Pirate’s and Rhino’s were moving in the right direction to being strong teams in the future.
The Pirates P6/7 players were also mixed in with Arbroath and Blair players to make a larger game.
At first, the Pirates were divided evenly between Arbroath and Blair. In the first game, Mia White and Aaron Murray where in Blairgowrie colours, with both playing some great running rugby.
There were lots of off-loading and tackles by both players and, despite illnesses, their efforts were rewarded as Mia scored several tries.
Aaron, always looking to close gaps in the line, kept his nerve and blocked his opponents while Mia was always looking for her next tackle.
Playing for Arbroath were Elliott Knowles and Ellie Jones. Ellie came up against her former Blair teammates and immediately got to work right of centre with brave tackles and showing good awareness, keeping her position and frustrating the opposition.
Elliott was quietly working away left of centre and showing much improved tackling. He frequently went into the attack, showing great driving and sound tactical awareness to draw in opponents. His passes were timed to perfection enabling his teammates to go on and score.
In the second match the Pirates joined with Arbroath and immediately worked together to dominate the left and centre field. It was an evenly fought game and the Pirates continued to contribute their share of the attacking and scoring in some great end-to-end play.
The spokesperson added: “Our thanks go to Blair for hosting and feeding our players and coaches and our thanks also to the parents who made the journey in support of their ‘Pirates’. A fine rugby day.”