On a very sunny morning the Brechin Pirates Micros, P4/5 and P6/7 teams joined in the fun at Carnoustie Junior (Midi) Rugby ‘8’s Tournament at Carnoustie High School.
The weather couldn’t have been better - for the spectators.
For the players things soon became a little hot (for a pleasant change).
Playing two games against Blairgowrie and Carnoustie, the Micros worked really well as a team in both matches, with some great passing and support play.
They were just edged out in each game, losing three-two, with Jamie Leslie-Melville and Peter Marwood scoring tries.
But, Brechin Pirate Micros definitely won the prize for smiley faces at the end of the game.
Squad - Leon Reynold, Blakey Dunthorpe, Jamie Leslie-Melville, Peter Marwood, Peter McLaren, Caelan Porter, James May, Libby May and Gregor Pert.
For the P4/5s the first game started slowly as Brechin took a while to find their feet.
The hosts, Carnoustie, where in no mood to show compassion and broke holes through the Brechin defence.
The second game, this time against Dundee wasps, was a better game, with Arun Murray doing two powerful runs to score tries.
Their third game against Blair was a closely fought one, with some good tackles and support play from the Brechin pack. The team all had fun and are looking forward to the next one.
All the new players played well for their first games and the more experienced ones started to show some promise.
Squad - Alix Morland, Mia White, Guy O’Connell, Nicholas Leslie-Melville, Rachel Johnstone, Arun Murray and Blair Downie.
Due to illness and injury absences (not rugby related) the Brechin Pirates P6/P7 Squad was somewhat depleted and the Dundee Eagles graciously loaned four players for the day. Play opened against a strong Carnoustie side.
The Pirates contented themselves with incorporating the new players into the team and getting to know each other.
Consequently, things were a little slow to begin with.
Some of the boys were missing that one hour of sleep the night before and the quick Carnoustie backs punished the Pirates’ line.
In the second half things picked up and some hefty tackles from Captain Jack and Kyle stopped several Carnoustie assaults in their tracks. The Pirates showed fair play and discipline throughout - a credit to themselves.
The second match was against the Dundee Eagles – a clearly well-drilled squad but, by now, the Pirates (and their Eagles guests) were into their stride and Cain, with some nimble side stepping, went over to score the first try after great support from first half Captain Josh.
Next, Callum, with a superb individual run scored the second before the Eagles closed down the gaps in the line.
The Pirates were too hesitant, contesting the ball on the ground, allowing the Eagles to gain the advantage.
Overall the Pirates showed great improvement, nearly resulting in more tries in the second half under Captain Henry.
In the third game against Blairgowrie the Pirates stepped up the pace yet again. Clearly their fitness was showing, tempered only by the accumulation of knocks and bruises as the day wore on.
Momentary lack of concentration allowed Blair to gain an early lead and, for a while, they threatened to run away with it, but dogged defence in the middle from Jack, Tank, Markus and Euan and quick passing from Captain Callum and Cain released Henry to score the first, third and fourth tries and Kyle the fifth with Tank scoring the second.
A great day of rugby with some superb play from the boys. Thanks go to Keith the Dundee Eagles Coach for lending his players.
Squad - Cain Anderson, Kyle Healey, Henry O’Connell, Callum Pert, Josh Sharpe and Jack Wood, with guest players from the Dundee Eagles.