Heavy loss for weakened side

Banff 105, Shetland 0

The Shetland rugby team travelled to Banff last weekend for a tricky game with several first team players unavailable.

The match kicked off in sunshine and the two teams had the op­portunity to play open, free flowing, running rugby. After exchanging charges it was the home side that ran in the first try, caused by missed tackles from the negligent Shetland defence.

Missed tackles were the main concern for Shetland, as Banff were putting together some great attacking lines with clinical finishes. Despite that Shetland kept plugging away and 17-year-old back row forward Craig Mann in, particular, looked very threatening when he had his hands on the ball.

As the game wore on the Shetland team tired and Banff players exploited this, running in several tries. The final score certainly favoured the home side but was not a true reflection of the performance from the young Shet­land team. The blues best performer and Northwards man of the match was Mann, who put in some great tackles and always looked threat­ening in attack.

This weekend the players head down to Kirkwall for the Viking Tournament. The Shetland team has one more league fixture to fulfil against Peterhead if they can make it north.

Training resumes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 6.30pm, both nights at Clickimin, and any new faces are more than welcome.


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