National Youth Boys Under-16s Cup Final: Currie Chieftains pull clear of Hawick Youth with late brace

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Currie Chieftains were ultimately too strong for Hawick Youth in the National Youth Boys Under-16s Cup Final. Image: Bob Douglas
Currie Chieftains were ultimately too strong for Hawick Youth in the National Youth Boys Under-16s Cup Final. Image: Bob Douglas

Currie Chieftains 32

Hawick Youth 22

GARY HEATLY @ Murrayfield

CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ran in six tries to defeat Hawick Youth in an entertaining National Youth Under-16 Boy’s Cup final at Murrayfield. It was finely balanced going into the last 10 minutes with the Edinburgh side only 20-17 up, but two quick-fire tries from the Malleny Park outfit in the 62nd and 63rd minutes made sure of this triumph.

“We are just so pleased for the boys because they have put the hard work in to get here and now they have played at Murrayfield and won,” Currie coach Gareth Gettinby said. “I thought that the forwards really played well here to give us the platform to get the ball wide and when we did that we were dangerous.

“Hawick pushed us all the way and they should be really proud of the way they played, but our team showed composure to score the last two tries and it was great to have so many people from the wider club in the stadium cheering the boys on.”

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Currie got off to a flying start here and opened the scoring after just two minutes thanks to a try from loose-head Arthur Pearce. It was unconverted, but the Edinburgh outfit only had to wait eight minutes for their next score, with No 8 Josh Elliott claiming the five-pointer this time.

Hawick had to try and get a foothold in the game somehow and they managed to when a neat chip ahead bounced up kindly into the arms of centre Connor McLeod who capitalised well to dot down. His centre partner Steven Parr converted and it was 10-7.

The Borderers were then dealt a blow when their skipper Caden Szoneberg was forced off to be replaced by Noah Samson.

The game was more even by this point and defences were on top, but before half-time Currie managed to score their third unconverted try when centre Ben McDonald went over.

That made it 15-7 at the interval and then, after an evenly matched start to the second period, Hawick managed to kick a penalty through Parr to reduce the gap to 15-10.

Currie responded with a well worked fourth unconverted try in the corner through winger Sam Beaton who did well to collect the ball and finish.

That was 20-10, but Hawick were certainly not done yet and when they pressured Currie on their own line it got them the desired result.

A clearance kick by Chieftains full-back Ben Fraser was charged down by Hawick stand-off Harry Wear and he then dived on the ball to score. Parr converted for 20-17.

With eight minutes and then seven minutes to go Currie scored two tries in quick succession. Fraser showed great pace out wide for the first and then second-row Blair Smith was put into space for the second and finished well. After a tough day with the boot to that point, Currie scrum-half Lewis Forge converted the latter and it was 32-17.

Hawick scored a late try through McLeod, but it was unconverted and Currie held on to win by 10-points.

Hawick coach David Newman said:  “The effort of the boys cannot be faulted and the way they have come on since the summer has been so impressive.

“They have all worked hard to get better and we are so proud of them coming to Murrayfield and pushing a good Currie side really hard with a big Hawick following here.

“We lost our captain in the first half through injury and that was a blow, but we kept battling back and until the late two tries we were right in the mix.”

Meanwhile, in the National Youth Under-16 Boy’s Shield Final on the back pitches at Murrayfield, Gala Red Triangle came from behind at half-time to defeat GHA 36-24.

Callum Graham scored two tries for GHA in the first half with Declan McCluskey converting one to put them 12-10 up, Chistopher Luptak scoring a try for Gala and Hamish Seggie kicking five points.

Oisin Beard’s try converted by Seggie early in the second period then put Gala 17-12 up.

Skipper Sam Scott and Beard scored after that with Seggie converting one as the Borderers went 29-12 to the good.

Ciaran Fitzpatrick’s converted try for GHA made it 29-19 and then Daniel Logan bagged a five-pointer.

That made the finale exciting, but Gala Red Triangle made sure of the win with a try from Beard, his hat-trick effort, converted by Seggie.

In the Plate Final played in Jedburgh, Deeside defeated Jed Thistle 19-7 while in the Bowl Final played in Falkirk, the home side defeated Aberdeen Wanderers 29-14.


Teams –

Currie Chieftains: B Fraser; E Gettinby, B McDonald, J McLay©, S Beaton; T Rankin, L Forge; A Pearce, F Hanning, J Taylor, G Thomas, B Smith, B Young, H Hunter, J Elliott. Substitutes: L Bowman, F Struthers, E Phillips, L Young, H Robertson, F McCool, A Barnett

Hawick Youth: R Oliver; J Garcia, S Parr, C McLeod, L Beukes; H Wear, J Yallop; C Cannon, C Szoneberg©, H Khoury, D Lewis, N Vevers, L Gourley, O Robson, K Wydro. Substitutes: N Samson, J Wight, T Oliver, J Donaldson, E Rall, H Common, A Rutkowski.

Referee: Michael Bosman.


Scorers –

Currie Chieftains: Tries: Pearce, Elliott, McDonald, Beaton, Fraser, Smith; Con: Forge.

Hawick Youth: McLeod 2, Wear. Pen: Parr: Cons: Parr 2.

Scoring sequence (Currie Chieftains first): 5-0;; 10-0; 10-5; 10-7; 15-7 (h-t) 15-10; 20-10; 20-15; 20-17; 25-17; 30-17; 32-17; 32-22.


Player-of-the-Match: For Hawick, the centre pairing Connor McLeod and Steven Parr impressed, but it was Currie Cieftains’ day and as well as full-back Ben Fraser taking his try well and being a handful, centre Ben McDonald was the stand-out player and takes the award.

Talking point: It was great to see two strong community clubs (who are not in the top tier National One Conference) represented in this final and performing at Murrayfield. Two squads made up of local lads, many of who have played together since the minis, is encouraging and bodes well for the future of the senior Currie Chieftains and Hawick clubs.

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