U18s in fine form

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Deeside’s back line ran in five tries to complete a convincing and important 25-0 win away to Moray in Elgin, but this was an all-round team performance with the forwards providing the backs a rock solid platform to play off.

It took less than three minutes for Deeside to open the scoring with full back Sam Morris joining the back line to form an overlap and squeeze in at the corner.

All three of Deeside’s first half tries came in the same corner, the second by winger Douglas Park, who outpaced the defence and the third by George Watt at centre who didn’t need to use the overlap that had been created by quick recycling of the ball.

The second half was almost a mirror of the first with Sam Morris and Douglas Park scoring out wide.

And in the dying moments of the game center John Crilly was unlucky not to add a sixth try.

Deeside’s rucking has been improving game by game and it was key to the quick second phase ball that created all five of Deeside’s tries with captain Angus Hart leading by example.

Kicking was also a key factor with fly-half Struan Gordan and scrum half Matthew Hillier showing good territorial awareness, repeatedly pushing Moray back up field when they dared to enter Deeside’s 22.

Replacements Tswai Mweemba, Connor Bull and Peter Lamont bolstered the side with fresh legs in the second half all showing excellent commitment.

Moray managed to cross the Deeside line twice during the second half using their large pack to good effect, but on both occasions the determination of the Deeside team was clear as they managed to hold up both incursions and disrupt and clear from the resulting Moray scrums.

Next week Deeside U18 play Ellon at home in Banchory on Saturday KO 1pm, all spectators welcome. For the latest updates see the club website www.deeside-rfc.co.uk.

Deeside: Sam Morris, Douglas Park, George Watt, John Crilly, Chris Long, Struan Gordon, Matthew Hillier, Melvin McAskill, Jordan McDonald, Angus Wallace, Alex Taylor, Andrew Mullins, Angus Hart (Captain), Malcolm Diack, Chris Ballantyne, Tswai Mweemba, Peter Lamont, Connor Bull.