Schools/Youth Rugby: Hawick Youth return from Wales with ‘Tubby Cup’

Under-18 and Under-17 regional matches played in St Andrews with second and final round scheduled for the Greenyards this Sunday

Hawick Youth won the ‘Tubby Cup' by beating Glynneath in Wales last weekend.
Hawick Youth won the ‘Tubby Cup' by beating Glynneath in Wales last weekend.

AMID defeats for Scotland and Scotland under-20s last weekend, one Scottish club, Hawick Youth, were able to hold their heads high after achieving victory in Wales over Glynneath under-18s by 20-12. As a result the young Greens returned home with the ‘Tubby Cup’,  created in memory of Michael “Tubby” Griffiths, who played prop for Glynneath for many years and who sadly succumbed to Motor Neurone Disease last October. 

Hawick Youth trailed 5-12 at the break but recovered well in the second half to produce a winning performance.  Hawick’s tries were scored by stand-off Owain Gray, winger Finlay Douglas and hooker Fergus Bell, the other points coming from Ben Jardine, who kicked a penalty and a conversion.

“We actually got off to the worst possible start by conceding a try from the kick-off, which was probably down to a bit of ‘jet-lag’ from the eight hours bus journey down to Wales on the day,” suggested Paul McDonald, the Hawick Youth manager, whose charges are not in action this coming weekend, but who hope to close out the Borders Semi Junior League when dates for rescheduled matches are announced.

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Hawick Youth were without their captain Marcus Brogan, who was representing Borders and East Lothian in the FOSROC under-18 match against Edinburgh at University Park in St Andrews on Sunday, and some of Brogan’s Hawick team-mates are expected to be included in the Borders and East Lothian for this Sunday’s matches.

In wet conditions at the St Andrews ground, Edinburgh emerged winners by 12-0 having benefitted from an outstanding try from the George Watson’s scrum-half Conor McAlpine early in the match. In the other under-18 game, Glasgow and West defeated Caledonia 27-17.

At under-17 level, Borders and East Lothian had the better of Edinburgh, winning 29-17, while Glasgow and West made it a double after achieving victory over Caledonia by 24-12.

The results mean that in the second and final round of these regional age-grade matches, being played on the 3G pitch at The Greenyards this weekend, Edinburgh will take on Glasgow and West for first place, while Borders and East Lothian will face Caledonia in the 3rd/4th place match in the under-18 age group, and at under-17 level Borders and East Lothian will take on Glasgow and West for the first place honours, and Edinburgh and Caledonia will play for the 3rd and 4th places.

Meanwhile, Melrose Wasps, who had several of their leading players in the Borders and East Lothian sides,  succumbed to Kelso Quins in their Borders Semi Junior League match last Friday, losing 19-5. Quins tries came from Ben Stewart, Logan Edgar and Sam Wood, two of them converted by  Angus Utterson.

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  1. Agree with the comment above. I fortunately did manage to attend the Academy games and witness Scotland’s future stars in action. Always enjoy reading The Offside Line but I think this time the Hawick tinted specs got in the way of this match report. Looking forward weather permitting, to Sunday’s matches at Melrose.

  2. Thanks for the wee updates on Academy games. I know it was a busy weekend of international rugby, but the coverage of the Academy games was poor on SRU website. Sadly I didn’t manage to attend through other commitments, and this weekend ironically I am in St Andrews when the games are in Melrose. C’est la vie. Hopefully with no internationals this weekend we can get fuller reports on the best of the next gen.


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