Rugby team secures inter-county trophy

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The Shetland rugby team defeated an Orkney XV 41-5 to win the inter-county at Clickimin on Saturday, the first match in the competition for several years.

Centre Maurice Williamson scored the opening two tries, both converted by full back Paul Grant, and the home side never looked back. Flanker Craig Mann went over for try number three but unfortunately on this occasion Grant missed his kick from wide.

Although injuries led to both try scorers having to be replaced Shetland did not slow down and Grant soon added a try of his own. Again he was unable to add the extra two points but Shetland were now 24-0 ahead.

Centre William Coghill had increased the lead further with a try straight from training book when the referee blew for half time, Shetland now leading 29-0.

After the break Coghill grabbed his second touch-down before Orkney themselves got what turned out to be a consolation try, the Shetland players feeling the ball had been grounded short of the line.

Prop Dhanni Moar got the last score for the home side, outrunning the Orkney defence to touch down under the posts. This time Grant made no mistake with his conversion.

The Northwards Man of the Match award was presented to 16-year-old Harry Morton, on his inter-county debut, for his tireless, mature display which belied his inexperience and age.

Full report and photos in The Shetland Times on Friday.


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