Brechin Pirates’ rugby teams took to the pitch on Sunday, September 15, in a very blustery conditions with light showers and thick low cloud.
The team travelled to Union Park, home of Montrose Cricket and Rugby Club to take on Montrose Rugby Club.
Although it was a wet and windy day, the Brechin Pirates Micros were in great spirit and ready to play a game at Montrose Rugby Club.
After a slow start the Brechin boys were on top form for their first match of the season with. Despite losing by only two points, there were spectacular tries scored by Lewis Forfar, Gregor Pert and a first ever try by Lachlan Cameron.
A spokesperson for Brechin rugby said: “Well done to all micro players and we are definitely ready for the upcoming season with the next game being the Dundee WASPS at home.”
With only a few players turning out at P4/5 level for the game, Montrose kindly loaned some of theirs to make up the team.
The first game was also slow to start but after Montrose scored twice the young Brechin squad came to life and started to put what they had learnt at training into practice.
Against the run of play, Blakey Dunthorpe made a great run with Peter Marwood supporting him, a tackle was made, Blakey passing to Peter to score a magnificent try.
In the second game, it was much more evenly matched with the young Pirates standing up to Montrose.
The game was evenly matched until Jamie Leslie Melville put in the tackle of the day stopping Montrose from getting the winning score.
At P6/7 age group it was decided to hold a joint training session mixed with game play as a results of, several call-offs and low numbers for both clubs and partly due to weather concerns.
It began with some warm-up exercises and then into tackling practise delivered by Montrose P6/P7 coach Mike with John and Dianne Morland supporting.
This was followed by game play and plucky Alix Morland put in some great runs with the ball, passing and then following on in support. Elliott Knowles played on the other team and soon got into his stride taking some fast passes and rushing the opposition, breaking through to score.
Halfway through, Mike introduced ‘tennis rugby’ where teams kick the ball over an imagined net into each other’s’ half. The other side have to catch to prevent a point being scored and then kick the ball back over to score themselves. The game was hilarious in the weather conditions and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The teams finished off with more rugby and retreated to the Club House for refreshments just as the clouds rolled back and the sun came out.
The club spokesperson added: “We would like to thank our hosts for making us feel very welcome, starting the season with a bang and putting on such an occasion of fun in rugby. A big thank you to the Montrose catering volunteers who did us all proud with hot sausage rolls and soup to warm us. And finally a special thank you to the parents and players who braved the elements and made it all worthwhile.”