North Angus 23, Carnoustie 65
AFTER a long lay-off caused by the weather, Carnoustie Under-15 rugby side travelled to play North Angus at Montrose.
Early strong running from number eight Anthony Franco was followed up by ferocious rucking and several tries resulted.
North Angus were strong and pinned the Carnoustie boys back, but they would not be contained and broke out with Liam Rennie scoring, followed by the first for Rhys Findlay after good support play and powerful driving.
The second half started off much the same as the first, with Anthony Franco and Liam Rennie breaking clear from just inside the opposition half to score two textbook tries.
The scrum was functioning well, but North Angus took some good ball and were rewarded with a try, followed by another soon after, due to some weak tackling.
The Burgess brothers put the game beyond doubt when first Andrew scampered over due to an alert pick-up, and then his brother Matthew powered over.
North Angus scored again to show that they were not happy to lie down but Ben Lyon outstripped the defence to score beneath the posts and close out the game.
Scorers: Anthony Burgess (4), Rhys Finlay (2), Andrew Burgess, Ben Lyon, Liam Rennie (2), and Matthew Burgess. Conversions: Andrew Burgess (4), and David Nail.
Squad: Andrew Burgess, Ben Lyon, Matthew Burgess, Ramsay McGowan, Chris Duncan, Michael McWattie, Rhys Findlay, Kieran Murray, Anthony Franco, David Nail, Kyle Howlett, Liam Rennie, James Leslie, Dylan Tyrell and Harry Lobban.
Panmure 12, Carnoustie 31
The Under-14 side made the short trip to Panmure to play what is always a hotly contested fixture.
Carnoustie had the best of the early play but it quickly swung Panmure’s way and only a last gasp tackle between the posts prevented the home side opening the scoring.
As Carnoustie began to settle down, the strike runners started to make headway and Rhys Findlay powered over the line after some good interplay down the wing.
Stung by this, Panmure replied with a converted try through the forwards.
However, a power try by the unstoppable Ross Strachan, followed by the brains and speed of Chris Duncan’s interception, ensured that Carnoustie ended the first third on top.
As has happened before Carnoustie started the second period slightly asleep, and this allowed Panmure to make ground and their solid pack were making things difficult in the tight.
However, Liam Rennie put in a captain’s performance and, after good ruck ball was secured, stormed 30 yards to score under the posts.
The final period saw Panmure in the ascendancy for much of the time.
Playing against some of his schoolmates, Rhys Finlay was eager to show what he could do, and a neat interchange on the left wing saw him hand off four players before touching down for Andrew Burgess to fire over his third conversion of the day.
A late Panmure try made the score more respectable but it was a fine win for a team whose members really played for each other.
Squad: Andrew Burgess, Michael Murphy, Chris Duncan, Callum Noble, Rhys Finlay, Andrew Ramsay, Rory Hay, Liam Rennie, Kyle Howlett, Shaun Siddall, Harry Lobban, Jordan Steele, Fergus Lyon, Ross Strachan, David Nail and Dylan Tyrrell.
Scorers: Rhys Finlay (2), Andrew Burgess, Chris Duncan and Liam Rennie. Conversion: Andrew Burgess.
For their next fixtures, both Panmure and Blairgowrie are the opposition at a round-robin in Perthshire.