Old Muskets 43, Young Guns 41
SATURDAY saw the return leg of the annual match between the young bucks and the old dogs.
The youngsters took to the field determined to overturn last week’s 24-19 result, when the oldies snatched victory after being behind for most of the match.
The game started well for the juniors with them crashing over the line three times without reply from the oldies with tries coming from Iain Nicol, Shane Jamieson and Kristian Fraser from close range.
This spurred the oldies into action with an opportunist try from Mike Skinner with some good running, which was to be his last action in the game as he injured himself in the process.
The Old Muskets then started to dominate the ball on the floor and around the fringes, setting good platforms for them to attack. Their reward came in the second and third quarters were they scored five tries courtesy of Stuart Smith, Jon Pulley, Brian Murphy, Steve “the Pirate” and Matthew Nicolson.
The juniors were determined not to let the seniors do this to them again and started playing good running rugby, spinning the ball wide and crossing the line three time without reply again with scores from Joe O’Connor, Peter Sidgewick and Nicol for his second.
However, it was not to be their day and it was the running of Smith for the oldies that won them the game with a run out on the wing unchallenged to the try line. That made the score 43-41 to the oldies and they held out to win the game.
With many decent performances it would be hard to pick anyone out but hopefully the good play will be taken into the game tomorrow as Shetland travel to the Borders to play Duns in the cup. The team returns to league duty next weekend at home to West Dykes.