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After winning away in Musselburgh two weeks earlier, the Under 10A rugby team hosted Loretto in a return fixture on Wednesday.

Both sets of players got stuck in right from the start making strong attacks with effective offloads in the tackles. Loretto scored first but the Cargilfield boys soon evened it up. Tackling was good on both sides, but even so the tries continued to come and at half time, the score was even at 4 tries apiece. In the second half, with the cold and wet playing a part, fumbles resulted in more frequent change of possession but the boys continued to battle it out. Alexander, who was man-of-the-match made tackle after tackle, which contributed hugely to a narrow 7-6 victory by the Cargilfield team.

Well done to all the boys for ending the season with such a committed performance.

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After winning away in Musselburgh two weeks earlier, the Under 10A rugby team hosted Loretto in a return fixture on Wednesday.

Both sets of players got stuck in right from the start making strong attacks with effective offloads in the tackles. Loretto scored first but the Cargilfield boys soon evened it up. Tackling was good on both sides, but even so the tries continued to come and at half time, the score was even at 4 tries apiece. In the second half, with the cold and wet playing a part, fumbles resulted in more frequent change of possession but the boys continued to battle it out. Alexander, who was man-of-the-match made tackle after tackle, which contributed hugely to a narrow 7-6 victory by the Cargilfield team.

Well done to all the boys for ending the season with such a committed performance.

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On a rather Arctic afternoon in Edinburgh, the boys were excited to play their last rugby match of the season. The boys were generally good in attack and supported each other well but in defence they needed to work more as a group to tackle the opposition and keep their shape to stop Loretto running through the gaps. The weather really had an effect on the match and I was pleased that the boys, despite the cold, played on and gave it a real go. Winter has truly come!

Good effort, boys!

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Good effort, boys!

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How do you judge the success of a season? In wins?  Well, this group of boys have scored double figures in this respect......or is it on performances? Well, this group of boys have performed outstandingly well, week in and week out, and in some horrible conditions after half term.  Or is it something that is indefinable and more intangible?  That sense of togetherness, that spirit that binds a group of boys together and is so tight and strong and no one wants to let each other down and individuals work incredibly hard for the betterment of the team.  Yes....that is more of the definition of a successful season for me.

Once again, these boys drank deeply at the well this afternoon and really took the game to Merchiston.  We played with real ferocity, dominating the breakdown once again, relentless in our recycling, and with Harry slotting in for Max at fly half who was carrying a niggle, he managed to link well with the backs who proved a real handful with their incisive running and skilful off loading.  Despite the atrocious conditions, the skills on show from both sides was superb, and showed the new SRU laws at this level at their best with the ball in play and alive for longer periods and the continuity was excellent.

We scored four tries, all converted, and on another day would have scored another four but some excellent Merchiston last ditch tackling saved the day for them; we never looked in trouble really, and I was able to stand and witness just how hard these boys work for each other.  There is no star individual, no giant who the others can gather round, no superstar speedster who will get them out of trouble if someone misses a tackle.  No.  What we have had this season are 13 (although 17 boys have played for the 1stXV over the course of the term) incredibly committed boys who have given their all every single week, and they have played some scintillating rugby at times.  To score 50 points against a previously unbeaten Belhaven side (they had not tasted defeat for 5 years!), to score 60 up at Ardvreck and down at St Mary's, to draw with Aysgarth in our return game a couple of weeks ago......all these stand out and show the exciting brand of rugby we have tried to play this year.

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But for me, the highlight came in defeat, away on tour at Aysgarth. On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, and with Harry and Todd having got up at 530am to play the pipes in Skipton, both teams stood respectfully in silence before the game, with parents lining the touchline, heads bowed, and as the skirl of Harry's bagpipes echoed around the misty Yorkshire Dales, the scene was set for a different kind of battle. We lost, narrowly, in one of the very best games of prep school rugby I have been involved in (and I have seen a few!) but the sense of teamship, that sense of togetherness from this group of boys was there in bucketfuls that Sunday morning in November. They gave their all in a hugely physical encounter and just came up short. It did not matter. Defeated narrowly in a titanic encounter, yes, but unbowed......and we came back stronger.

Thank you to the boys for making this 1stXV season one of the very best in my 15 years running the rugby at Cargilfield. They have been outstandingly well led by Todd, but every single one of them has stood up and played their part in what has been a memorable few months.

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How do you judge the success of a season? In wins?  Well, this group of boys have scored double figures in this respect......or is it on performances? Well, this group of boys have performed outstandingly well, week in and week out, and in some horrible conditions after half term.  Or is it something that is indefinable and more intangible?  That sense of togetherness, that spirit that binds a group of boys together and is so tight and strong and no one wants to let each other down and individuals work incredibly hard for the betterment of the team.  Yes....that is more of the definition of a successful season for me.

Once again, these boys drank deeply at the well this afternoon and really took the game to Merchiston.  We played with real ferocity, dominating the breakdown once again, relentless in our recycling, and with Harry slotting in for Max at fly half who was carrying a niggle, he managed to link well with the backs who proved a real handful with their incisive running and skilful off loading.  Despite the atrocious conditions, the skills on show from both sides was superb, and showed the new SRU laws at this level at their best with the ball in play and alive for longer periods and the continuity was excellent.

We scored four tries, all converted, and on another day would have scored another four but some excellent Merchiston last ditch tackling saved the day for them; we never looked in trouble really, and I was able to stand and witness just how hard these boys work for each other.  There is no star individual, no giant who the others can gather round, no superstar speedster who will get them out of trouble if someone misses a tackle.  No.  What we have had this season are 13 (although 17 boys have played for the 1stXV over the course of the term) incredibly committed boys who have given their all every single week, and they have played some scintillating rugby at times.  To score 50 points against a previously unbeaten Belhaven side (they had not tasted defeat for 5 years!), to score 60 up at Ardvreck and down at St Mary's, to draw with Aysgarth in our return game a couple of weeks ago......all these stand out and show the exciting brand of rugby we have tried to play this year.

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But for me, the highlight came in defeat, away on tour at Aysgarth. On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, and with Harry and Todd having got up at 530am to play the pipes in Skipton, both teams stood respectfully in silence before the game, with parents lining the touchline, heads bowed, and as the skirl of Harry's bagpipes echoed around the misty Yorkshire Dales, the scene was set for a different kind of battle. We lost, narrowly, in one of the very best games of prep school rugby I have been involved in (and I have seen a few!) but the sense of teamship, that sense of togetherness from this group of boys was there in bucketfuls that Sunday morning in November. They gave their all in a hugely physical encounter and just came up short. It did not matter. Defeated narrowly in a titanic encounter, yes, but unbowed......and we came back stronger.

Thank you to the boys for making this 1stXV season one of the very best in my 15 years running the rugby at Cargilfield. They have been outstandingly well led by Todd, but every single one of them has stood up and played their part in what has been a memorable few months.

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The 1st girls played their last game of the season today against Dollar. The match was a great way to end the season with both teams showing great skill and determination and the play flying from end to end. We passed the ball around well in the first half and Sophie and Izzy broke through on numerous occasions however the Dollar defence held strong. Izzy played particularly well today, demonstrating a sound level of individual skill and running through numerous players. Our defence worked particularly well today too, with Ellie, Emma and Amelia all reading each other’s play and supporting each other. Ellie had some fantastic hard hits through, all the up the pitch which the Dollar girls simply could not react to. Just before half time Izzy got on to the end of a pass from Sophie and neatly slotted one in to sneak ahead 1-0 at the half time break.

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The game continued pretty much in the same fashion in the second half with both teams playing physical but fair hockey. We did have the upper hand in midfield and it was only going to be a matter of time before we scored. Saphira popped one away in the first 10 minutes and Sophie followed not long after with a particularly amazing goal, hit on her reverse and ending up high in the net. Amy was not troubled too much today but kept her cool when needed and she recorded another clean sheet. Katie and Flora kept the width on the right and Flora made some strong drives in to the circle. A final run up front nearly gave Katie a goal but it was not to be.

Well done to all the girls; it’s been a fantastic season lead well by Ellie both on and off the pitch.

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The 1st girls played their last game of the season today against Dollar. The match was a great way to end the season with both teams showing great skill and determination and the play flying from end to end. We passed the ball around well in the first half and Sophie and Izzy broke through on numerous occasions however the Dollar defence held strong. Izzy played particularly well today, demonstrating a sound level of individual skill and running through numerous players. Our defence worked particularly well today too, with Ellie, Emma and Amelia all reading each other’s play and supporting each other. Ellie had some fantastic hard hits through, all the up the pitch which the Dollar girls simply could not react to. Just before half time Izzy got on to the end of a pass from Sophie and neatly slotted one in to sneak ahead 1-0 at the half time break.

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The game continued pretty much in the same fashion in the second half with both teams playing physical but fair hockey. We did have the upper hand in midfield and it was only going to be a matter of time before we scored. Saphira popped one away in the first 10 minutes and Sophie followed not long after with a particularly amazing goal, hit on her reverse and ending up high in the net. Amy was not troubled too much today but kept her cool when needed and she recorded another clean sheet. Katie and Flora kept the width on the right and Flora made some strong drives in to the circle. A final run up front nearly gave Katie a goal but it was not to be.

Well done to all the girls; it’s been a fantastic season lead well by Ellie both on and off the pitch.

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Having played Loretto a few weeks ago on their patch and won, we had a mixed squad of eleven Under 11 A, B and C boys who were rotated around during the course of the game and sent some of our others off to represent the Under 12 A and B teams. The pitch was muddy and it was freezing cold and raining but we didn’t give up, we kept at it even though Loretto always had the edge. James St C had to do much of the tackling including one piece of play to thwart the visitors scoring a try: he tackled the left winger and as the ball came back to them and was passed out to their right, James appeared again on the other side of the pitch to take down the right winger moments later. Cody had a great game and spent the afternoon clearing up at the break down and making quite a few turnovers. Hugo made some powerful runs through the middle and scored a few tries. We had been working on offloading with two hands and one hand in training and this was paying off as our handling was superb in what were testing conditions today. Harry looked to spread the ball wide and Matthew made some terrific pickups. 

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