George Watson’s decamp to Portobello for match against Portuguese tourists

Boroughmuir and Merchiston Castle left frustrated after important club versus school match-up falls foul of Storm Ellen

A George Watson's 'Development' 1st XV came up short against Portuguese tourists GD Direito at Portobello on Saturday. Image: GWC Sport twitter account
A George Watson's 'Development' 1st XV came up short against Portuguese tourists GD Direito at Portobello on Saturday. Image: GWC Sport twitter account

GEORGE WATSON’S COLLEGE were one of the few teams to play a match on Saturday but not, as scheduled, at Myreside, which was declared unplayable. Instead Watson’s decamped to Portobello High School, who allowed their new 4G pitch to be used by the Myresiders for their match against Iberian visitors GD Direito from Portugal.

In the event, Watson’s fielded a ‘development’ side with an eye to next season’s 1st XV selection and lost 14-21 to the visitors, whose team contained seven Portuguese under-18 international players.

So badly affected by the recent and continuing storms is the main pitch at Myreside that Watson’s have made the decision to change the date for their annual sevens tournament. The event should have gone ahead this coming Saturday but has now been moved to 21st March.


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Not so fortunate in being able to relocate to a plastic pitch were Heriot’s, whose match against Dollar at Goldenacre was called off on what should have been the concluding match of the XVs season for both schools.

Meanwhile, the weather affected an important club versus school set of fixtures at Meggetland. “We were supposed to be playing Merchiston at all our age groups,  so it was disappointing the bad weather forced the cancellation as these games would have been a great test for all our teams,”  explained Boroughmuir’s Academy manager Scott Anderson.

Boroughmuir will be hoping that the wet weather eases before next Saturday when the Meggetland’s under-18s are due to play touring Complutense Cisneros Rugby Club from Madrid.

The cancellation of the Merchiston games on Saturday was a particular blow to Boroughmuir’s under-16s, who are due to play in the Scottish Youth Cup final against Mackie Academy FP on the international pitch at Murrayfield three weeks on Sunday. Due to February’s foul weather and cancellations for other reasons, Boroughmuir under-16s have not played since they won their semi final against Hawick at the beginning of this month.

“It’s a long period for the under-16s from the semi-finals, but they are training regularly and were back at the Oriam last Sunday and using the 3G pitch when we can get it for them,” said Anderson.

“They did have a great day out on Sunday at Murrayfield as invited guests for the launch of Scottish Rugby’s Virtual Reality Experience. That included watching the Scotland v Italy game from inside the Scotland Team Changing Room. John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie and Matt Scott were also there, so a great experience for the boys.”

Fortunately for Boroughmuir,  they have a semi-final of the East Regional under-16 Cup next Sunday (1st March) away to Gala, with is exactly what the Meggetland youngsters need to boost their Cup preparations.


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Alan Lorimer
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Scotland rugby correspondent for The Times for six years and subsequently contributed to Sunday Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Scotsman, Herald, Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Herald and Reuters. Worked in Radio for BBC. Alan is Scottish rugby journalism's leading voice when it comes to youth and schools rugby.