Vital away win keeps promotion alive for rugby team

The Shetland rugby team kept alive their promotion hopes in the RBS Caledonia Regional League Division Three (North) with an excellent away win against Aberdeenshire 3XV, who had only lost one match prior to Saturday.

A dominant scrum led to Shetland scoring the first try through full back Sam Gibbs, who was making his debut.

Further tries from centre Peter Sidgwick and winger Gavin Whitrow, one of them converted by John Pulley, gave Shetland a 17-0 lead and then Sidgwick went over for the bonus point on the stroke of half time.

A converted try by number eight Matthew Nicolson put Shetland 29-0 ahead before Aberdeenshire grabbed two late scores, mainly due to Shetland being unable to keep up the tempo they had earlier on.

The Northwards man of the match was awarded to lock Adrian Morrison who was making his first start for Shetland. The big forward carried the ball exceptionally well and got round the park all game long.

For full report and league table see The Shetland Times on Friday.


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