Thistle prove prickly customers for Dalziel

The Glebe, Jedburgh,Scottish Borders, Great Britain. 19 Jan 2014.''u16 Rugby - Jed Thistle (u16) v RHC''Photo: Rob Gray
The Glebe, Jedburgh,Scottish Borders, Great Britain. 19 Jan 2014.''u16 Rugby - Jed Thistle (u16) v RHC''Photo: Rob Gray

Jed Thistle carry Borders hopes of success in the National Youth Under-18 Cup after reaching the last four of the competition last Saturday.

Winning 47-0, the decisive home win against Dalziel has given the Lothian Park side a semi-final tie with Boroughmuir at Meggetland.

Thistle’s strong pack gave the Jed side a massive advantage, allowing the young Borderers to dominate the game and play some spectacular attacking rugby with stand-out performances from Ryan Gibson and Craig Cowan, and Calum McNeil behind the scrum.

In all, Thistle ran in seven tries, two from Jamie Hynd and one each by Joe Amos, Gibson, Clark Skeldon, Cole Lothian, and Oliver Ryan, six of them converted by Shane Armstrong.

For Melrose Wasps there was the agony of losing to Ayr in the final few minutes of their Cup quarter-final that went ahead in atrocious conditions at a nearby public park after Ayr’s waterlogged pitch at Millbrae was ruled unplayable.

Despite the defeat, Wasps coach Alan Tait admitted: “I was very pleased with the way our boys played, despite the sub-standard and muddy field.

“When Millbrae was ruled out the game should have been switched to the 3G pitch at Murrayfield. They didn’t do this and it was a chance missed to promote a high-profile youth match.”

Wasps, who led 11-10 going into the final few minutes of the game, had an early advantage from two penalty goals by centre George Taylor.

Then, after Ayr had fought back, Melrose regained the lead with a try from a combined effort by the forward pack only for the home side to take victory with a last-minute penalty.

In the Under-18 Bowl Hawick Wanderers are through to the semi-final after achieving a 39-0 win over Mackie Academy FP, but there was no joy for Gala Wanderers who lost 8-5 to Dumfries.

For Hawick Wands, who have a home semi-final against Whitecraigs, there were tries from Ryan Elliot, Darcy Graham, Grant Huggan, Jordan Hyslop, Dean Gillan, and Sean Chapman, with Gillan converting three of the touchdowns and a penalty.

Meanwhile, Hawick Albion secured their place in the Under-16 Bowl semi-final after defeating Dunfermline 19-15 at McKane Park and there was success too in the same competition for Selkirk Youth Club, who had a 15-10 home win over Allan Glens and now face Boroughmuir.

But in the Under-16 Cup there was disappointment for Jed Thistle, who lost to RHC 12-24 and for Melrose Wasps, beaten 33-12 by Currie.