Double success on a plate for Earlston and Hawick

Under-18 Plate winners Earlston High in a huddle. Photograph: Heather Runciman
Under-18 Plate winners Earlston High in a huddle. Photograph: Heather Runciman

It was a clean sweep from the Borders sides at Murrayfield back pitches last night as Earlston and Hawick High Schools won their respective finals. Alan Lorimer tells the tale. Photograph: Heather Runciman



Earlston High School repeated their 2012 success to win the 2015 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools under-18 Plate final with a hugely impressive performance against Kelvinside Academy on the back pitch at BT Murrayfield.

The Earlston High School side, containing 10 of the Melrose Wasps team that won the National Youth under-18 Bowl final last month, had quality players in the key midfield positions and were able to dominate the back play with skilful handling, intelligent support work and strong defence against a Kelvinside team that had strength in the front row.

“We played our best rugby of the season in the final,” said the Earlston coach, Malcolm Changleng, adding: “We played a very focused game and tried to play a lot of rugby.

“We kept the ball alive and tried to play a 15-man game.”

Outstanding for Earlston were stand-off Robbie Chalmers, who controlled the game maturely, centres Thomas Klein and Ewan Runciman and flankers Connal Howard and Stuart Allison.

Others to impress were number 8 Ruari Campbell and winger Archie Kidd, who stopped Kelvinside scores with intelligent cover defence.

Earlston led 20-0 at the break through tries by Runciman and Campbell, Allison and replacement Gary McWilliam.

Then in the second half Allison and Runciman added second tries before Chalmers rounded off a dazzling display from the Borderers with this side’s seventh touchdown.

Earlston HS: P. Henney; R. Sharp, E. Runciman, T. Klein, A. Kidd; R. Chalmers, C. McDonald; J. Ross, L. Wilson, F. Turner, R. McConnell, W. Connington, S. Allison, C. Howard and R. Campbell. Subs: J. Dobie, G. McWilliam, J. Barnes, J. Flynn, B. McLean, C. Fairnbairn and T. Middlemiss



Hawick High School defeated Royal High School in the under-16 Plate.

The Teries blended good forward play with slick movement of the ball behind the scrum to score five tries, a hat-trick for centre Logan Gordon-Wooley and one apiece for flanker Jae Linton and number 8 Jack Scott.

“Our boys have continued to improve this year, under the guidance of Hawick development officer Rocky Johnstone, and this win caps off a good season for us,” said Hawick High School coach, Scott Renwick.

“The players showed some real quality and scored some good tries, so they should be really proud of themselves.

Hawick High School: M. Tait; A. Palmer, D. Elliot, L. Woolley, E. Chelley; L. Smith, G. Welsh; E. Knox, C. Renwick, R. MacLeod, J. Scott, K. Gobby, B. Storrie, J. Linton and J. Scott. Subs: J. Freeman, A. Levell, B. Richardson, A. Redpath, J. Rutherford, M. King and L. Nardini.